NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/2/10

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A powerhouse cast of comics—Anthony Atamanuik, Neil Casey, Rebecca Drysdale, Christina Gausas, and Jim Santangeli—improvise the same scenes over and over in honor of Groundhog Day

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Elna Baker (brilliant storyteller, talented cartoonist, and bestselling author of the comedic book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance), Ted Rall (The Year of Loving Dangerously), and Laura Hudson (ComicsAlliance) 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.): Craig Baldo, Liz Miele, Brent Sullivan, and John F. O’Donnell 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 Ragnaröck, Badman, Robber Baron, Bastian, and Penthouse Riot
followed by a powerhouse cast—Anthony Atamanuik, Neil Casey, Rebecca Drysdale, Christina Gausas, and Jim Santangeli—improvising the same scene over and over in honor of Groundhog Day—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Storytelling star Tom Shillue, superb comedic singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, and LA stand-up Moshe Kaster performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show tonight guest-hosted by Jared Logan and Nick Vatterott: Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Aasif Mandvi, Livia Scott, Baron Vaughn, Amy Schumer, and possibly a “surprise guest” 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.): NYC stand-ups Jay Hoskins, Jack Haley, Alexandra Kahanim, Mickey Corporon, David Carl, and Devin Sanchez 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): “Where there is a stage and a piano, she will be there. Where there are strangers with embarrassing stories, she will be there. Where there is a group of people willing to sit and watch someone make up songs, she will be there. A one-woman musical improv journey through the lives of the audience. You tell the story, Rebecca Vigil sings the soundtrack:”  The Vigilante

[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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