NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/16/10

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Star comics judge audience members tonight at Seth Herzog's biennial The Laugh Olympics

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): Adam P. Knave, Vito Delsante, and Nick Tapansky (Popgun) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jiwon Lee (Carly Simon Comedy Hour, AMC’s Date Night), Baratunde Thurston (The Onion), Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman, Last Comic Standing), and Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, truTV) 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 Scootch, The Bishop, People People, Bastian, and Penthouse Riot,
followed at 11:00 pm by five of the finest improvisers in the country—Anthony King, Gavin Speiller, Neil Casey, Shannon O’Neill, and Silvija Ozols—as The UCB Touring Company, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Ali Waller, Mike Drucker, and Max Silvestri performing stand-up at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show guest-hosted tonight by Joe Derosa: Punch Up Your Life

8:30 pm ($10): Seven-minute tales with a Jewish theme from actor/director Jon Golbe (The Colbert Report, Playboy’s Interns), journalist Anna Jane Grossman (Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once Common Things Passing Us By), screenwriter Robert Schwartz, author Ruth Ellenson (The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt), writer Ryan Britt…and one brave audience member, all performing at Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space with stand-up host Michelle Collins (VH1’s Best Week Ever): HEEB Storytelling

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv beat-box singer Reggie Watts, red-hot rising star stand-up Hannibal Buress, and movie writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly), plus the biennial edition of The Laugh Olympics (audience members compete in comedy-related events while celebrities score them), all at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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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