Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic sketch that allows you to either perform a sketch with your own performers or bring in pages for the audience to perform at The PIT downstairs lounge, followed by feedback on your bit from PIT “sketch-perts:” Pen & Pencils
[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Al Madrigal (correspondent for The Daily Show), Nate Bargatze (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-11:30 ($7 for the whole evening): In this 4 1/2-hour extravaganza, each of six of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Montels and Aquarius at 7:00, Atticus and BEEES! at 8:30, and Legend and Mint Condition at 10:00: Magnet Tuesday Musical Megawatt
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, the creators of The Thrilling Adventure Hour (a staged show in the style of old-time radio), joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($20 at the door, or $24 in advance online): This fundraiser for a school band program is a tad pricey, but the lineup is great: Michael Showalter, Eugene Mirman, Dave Hill, Supercute, and more performing at Brooklyn’s The Bell House (149 7th Street, between Second and Third Avenues), with hosts movie & TV actor Kevin Townley (Men in Black III, The Sitter, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Law & Order) and storytelling jewel Elna Baker (NPR’s This American Life, author of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance): The Talent Show: Save the Band!
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neill (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes), and/or Brandon Scott Jones (top sketch troupe Stone Cold Fox, red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes, top comedic play Death Wears Stilettos) host a showcase of female comics at UCB East who tonight include Julie Kraut (storytelling), Pirate Sugar (sketch), Kara Klenk (stand-up), and The Reformed Whores (musical performance): Ladies Night: Men Welcome
[TOP PICK] 8:00ish pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Emmy Blotnick (Jimmy Fallon), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), Brian Moote (MTV’s Money from Strangers), and Josh Gondelman performing on this week’s topic River Styx at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and hosted tonight by George Gordon: The Afterlife: River Styx
8:00 pm ($10): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City, 2012 Andy Kaufman Award), Dan Crossley, and Marcus Monroe performing stand-up at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Andy Kaufman Fun House
[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
[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (for an update, please click here) performing at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) hosted by Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, notable hair): Crime & Punishment
9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Guthrie, A Sparrow, and The Regulars—plus advanced improv students make up an entire feature film for a form called The Movie—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, starring brilliant, fearless, and innovative John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central)—who is moving back to LA this week, so catch him while you can—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 Nikki Glaser (co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing; podcast You Had to Be There), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion), and Nimesh Patel (co-host of Broken Comedy): The Tony and Johnny Show
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