NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/22/09

September 22, 2009

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Aziz Ansari helps celebrate the return of one of the finest comedy shows in NYC: Pete Holmes' and Jessi Klein's Punch Up Your Life

Aziz Ansari helps celebrate the return of one of the finest comedy shows in NYC: Pete Holmes' and Jessi Klein's free Punch Up Your Life

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:

5:00 pm & 8:00 pm (NYTVF pass): The New York Television Festival, running through September 26, has two comedy panels today: The Future of Comedy at 5:00 pm, with Brent Haynes (East Coast Senior VP of Series Development at MTV) and Debbie DeMontreux (Senior VP of Original Programming at IFC TV), running 45 min.; and Late Show with David Letterman Writer’s Room at 8:00 pm, with co-head writers Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel, moderated by SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, running 75 min. For details on getting festival passes, please visit the Web site of The New York Television Festival

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Writer David Gallaher & artist Steve Ellis, the creators of Zuda Comics High Moon (a Western comic book about werewolves that’s published on the Web), joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Ragnaröck, Scootch, Robber Baron, The Law Firm, and DeCoster, followed by UCBT students improvising a Cops & Robbers story on the spot based on an interview with a randomly selected audience member—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Abbi Crutchfield, Luke Thayer, and Ray Ellin performing at the Conker Hill Bar, hosted by Doug Adler & Harris Bloom: Comedy at Conker Hill

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: After an August hiatus, this wonderful free weekly show triumphantly returns with TV stars Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant) and Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), plus superb comic Joe Mande (co-host of superb NYC live comedy show Totally J/K; writing book for St. Martin’s Press based on his blog Look at This Fucking Hipster) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe, and 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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest comics in the country—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), Whitney Cummings (visiting from LA; HBO, ABC, FOX, Showtime), Ben Kronberg (visiting from LA; Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly), and more—performing at the famed LES weekly stand-up show at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman in Ochi’s Lounge hosting guest comics Lisa Kaplan, Calvin Cato, and Clayton Fletcher at Dykes on Mics

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