Posts Tagged ‘Comedy shows’

The Top Five Comedians of the Summer


After we (John S and Josh) settled our squabbles on anchoring, we went to the highly recommended Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York nearly every week this summer (sometimes twice) to see some of the best (and worst) up-and-coming and established comedians. The vast majority of these comics were seen at Leo Allen’s Whiplash, but some were also seen at Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler’s variety show, Hot Tub. All in all, we saw over forty comedians perform. In traditional NPI fashion, we decided to rank them. Below are the five best comedians we saw this summer, all of whom we strongly recommend: Continue reading

Symposium: Non-Delusional Anchoring

Now, Josh got upset with me the other day for not wanting to see a $12 comedy show because I had just seen a free show and was skeptical that this show would be “$12 better.” He accused me of anchoring. Basically, anchoring means that I am letting an arbitrary piece of information (in this case, that I happened to have seen a show for free) play an irrationally large role in my decision. As Josh said to me “it’s arbitrary that you saw UCB (the free show) first…if I didn’t tell you about that and just told you about this, you probably would react differently.”

Of course, Josh is right that I would have reacted differently, and there are definitely times when anchoring leads to very irrational behavior. But I maintain that it makes sense in this instance. Continue reading