NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/23/09

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Janeane and MarcJaneane Garofalo and Marc Maron

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Jessica Abel (La Perdida, Life Sucks) and Tom Hart (Hutch Owen) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes DeCoster, Robber Baron, Penthouse Riot, Law Firm, and Badman—followed by high-level UCBT students improvising the end of the world, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] two of the finest comics of our time, Janeane Garofalo and Marc Maron, each performing deliciously long stand-up sets in the West Village, at Janeane and Marc (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Ali Waller (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), and sketch duo Team Submarine performing at this free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a blowout gathering to top comedy talent—Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric Company; Jimmy Fallon), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show), and Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy) performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm),

and delightful stand-up comics Jackie Monahan, Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow performing and hosting guest comics Joel Dovev, Chris Doucette, Gloria Bigelow, and Emmy Rivera at Dykes on Mics (9:00 pm).

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