NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/5/10

January 5, 2010

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50+ comics gather to each tell the first joke he or she has written in 2010 at one of NYC's best New Year traditions: 50 First Jokes

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($6.50 online, $7 at the door): For the fourth year in a row, 50+ NYC comics gather to each tell the first joke he or she has written in 2010. Expect an exuberant gathering of comedic talent…and wild partying afterwards. For the scheduled lineup, please click here. In previous years, this event was free but super-packed with people; come and see if charging tickets for a huge venue this year makes the event better or worse… Hosted by Jiwon Lee, Claudia Cogan and John F. O’Donnell, it’s 50 First Jokes, 2010 Edition

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage —along with a guest who (unusually) hasn’t yet been announced—conduct 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 Robber Baron, The Law Firm, Ragnaröck, Badman, and Penthouse Riot,
followed by UCBT advanced students playing an improv game in which scenes flow from one location to another—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Dave Hill, Morgan Murphy, and Arden Myrin—and possibly some happy surprises—performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Shane Webb, Lewis Tierney, David Prince, and Lisa Levy telling tales about their first time doing something (subject is up to them) performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Rachel Axelrod’s & Evan Morgenstern’s SNC: The Virgin Chronicles

9:30 pm ($5): Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Learn the details in his one-man show Disengaged

[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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