NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/29/09

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Sandra Bernhard continues her comedy & music show tonight at Joe's Pub

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Star Trek episodes made up on the spot at the new PIT improv show Start-Trekkin’ New York

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining through Wednesday (with Amy Schumer) at Carolines: Dave Attell

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups Jena Friedman, Claudia Cogan, Elon James White, Anthony DeVito, and H. Alan Scott performing roughly 140 recent literary achievements at this unique new reading event hosted by Jackie Monahan and Shawn Hollenbach: The Twitter Reading Series

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Scootch, Robber Baron, Ragnaröck, and People People, and (the probable highlight) UCBT troupe Wildhorn! performing two entirely improvised musicals—all at Harold Night

8:30 pm ($5): John O’Donnell tells lots of comedic stories in his long-running one-man show The O’Donnellogues

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Musical improv beatbox genius Reggie Watts, The Daily Show correspondents Wyatt Cenac and Aasif Mandvi, and Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness) performing at The Slipper Room for this LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($50 ticket; plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): A comic who’s been a movie star and singer, and has experienced a roller coaster career but remains a performer unlike any other, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s Pub through New Year’s Eve: Sandra Bernhard

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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