John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show is a buffet style stand-up comedy show. It airs Saturdays at 10 P.M. on The Comedy Network starting January 16th 2010. This is a six show series hosted by Daily Show correspondent John Oliver. Oliver is a great MC. Based on the first show, his selection of comics is pretty decent. The show looks as good as an HBO or Comedy Network Presents special.
The first show opens with Maria Bamford. I am always on the fence with this comedian but her performance here is solid. Fabrice Fabrice is next. If you thought you couldn’t get any gayer than Richard Simmons, think again. He introduces himself as the show’s craft services guy and I believe him Fabrice Fabrice (the name so nice you have to say it … again) does gossip comedy that is funny enough but no more than that.
Greg Fitzsimmons is a good comic but not particularly special. He does have a good bit on letting your senses fail being how to stay married.
Eugene Merman is an original. This dead ringer for Jake on Two and a Half Men gets the second half of the show to himself. He has a solid series of short observational and biographical bits unfortunately cut off for a commercial break. He comes back with a good bit on God having Asperger. His internet bit after the second commercial break is decent.
This show runs for six weeks Saturdays at 10 p.m. on The Comedy Network.Scheduled to perform are Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Amy Schumer, and Marc Maron February 6th. February 13th features Nick Kroll, Chris Hardwick, Matt Braunger, and Kristen Schaal. The show finale on February 20th features Chris Hardwick, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Paul F. Tompkins.