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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club
7:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Five full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes GoodGirl, Surfing, The Pox, Creature, The Regulars, and Sandino—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students perform as duos in Couples Skate—all at Harold Night
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Scott Adsit (30 Rock, genius co-creator of Moral Orel, half of improv superstar duo John and Scott) and Frank Tieri (Space: Punisher) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture atPianos (158 Ludlow Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Travis Irvine (Jay Leno, Huffington Post), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central, It Gets Betterish; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), Sherri Shepherd (The View), and Jermaine Fowler (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with hosts Sharron Paul (College Humor) and Calvin Cole (TBS) for this show that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live’s Rachel Dratch, Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’sDelocated; Conan O’Brien), Leo Allen (former writer for SNS; Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), and James McNew (Yo La Tengo, Dump) are interviewed about “their earliest creative experiences and the nuances of having a creative career” for a weekly podcast that once a month goes live on the UCB East stage with hosts Andy Beckerman & Mark Bisi: Beginnings
8:00 pm ($5): Cathleen Carr (Two Girls for Five Bucks, Birds, The Scene) and Bob Kulhan (Second City, The Scene) host a show featuring two-person improv teams challenged with separation anxiety—the audience is asked to scramble them and create one-night-only pairings.The established duos participating tonight are Julie Sharbutt & Zhubin Parang, Amey Goerlich & TJ Del Reno, and Cathleen Carr & Bob Kulhan at The PIT downstairs Lounge: Carr Kulhan: Dos Experimento
[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Tom Cavanagh (wonderful star of NBC’s much-missed show Ed; Royal Pains, Love Monkey), TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and NBC’s 30 Rock; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Will Hines (ace improv troupe The Stepfathers, treasured UCBT comedy instructor & director), Ryan Knighton (blind author from Canada; The New York Times, Esquire, Salon), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet
9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), George Gordon, Josh Rabinowitz, and more performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Emily Heller: The Afterlife: The Day the Music Died
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1′s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), and Larry Bailey performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Stand-up superstar Dave Attell (newest show is Showtime’s Dave’s Old P@rn), Joe Matarese (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately, podcastFixing Joe), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Showtime), Dean Edwards (SNL, Carson Daly, VH1), and more performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Freid: ComedyJuice
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) at UCB East with tonight’s guests Todd Bieber (razor-sharp Director of Content and Production for UCB Comedy; Commercial Interruption,Animated Stories), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), and Ratnesh Dubey: The Tony and Johnny Show
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