NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/26/10

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Star comedic performer Kate McKinnon is among the top talents performing sketch at the annual UCBT Winter Showcase

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] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Stellar comics Kate McKinnon, John Gemberling, Andree Vermeulen, Craig Rowin, and Jim Santangeli performing sketches written by Chris Kelly, Craig Rowin, and Caitlin Tegart, and directed by brilliant UCBT Artistic Director Anthony King, showing off what UCBT’s top talents can do at the annual UCBT Winter Showcase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Guests Blair Marnell and Sax Carr (Comics on Comics) and J.D. Matonti (New-Gen) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Amy Schumer (Comedy Central Presents, Reality Bites Back), Sean Patton (razor-sharp rising star; Comedy Central), Jermaine Fowler (NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity, Comical Radio), and Nick Cobb (Comedy Central) performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) with delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Robber Baron, DeCoster, The Law Firm, and People People followed by UCBT advanced students playing an improv game in which scenes flow from one location to another—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Brilliant storyteller & sketch comic Kevin Allison (The State, Risk!), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central), and Nick Vatterott (Second City) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker)…and that used to be co-hosted by the equally brilliant Jessi Klein, but Jessi’s now busy as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live: Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Michelle Collins (editor of Best Week Ever site, sharp stand-up), Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), and Owen Biddle (bassist of The Roots on Jimmy Fallon) 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.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie, Amy Beckerman, and Gloria Bigelow in Ochi’s Lounge hosting guest comics Ji Won Li, Yonah Ward Grossman, Chelsea White at Dykes on Mics

[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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