NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/13/10

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Comedy giants Anthony Jeselnik (Punch Up Your Life), Ben Rodgers (Outlook of the Poet), and Ben Schwartz (Sweet)

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:

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Hilary Schwartz and Rachael Parenta hosting an intriguing show atOchi’s Lounge described as “emotionally inappropriate comedy:” Please, Someone Kill Me

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Industry guests join 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: Wil Sylvince, Erik Bergstrom, Ash Louis, Kara Klenk, Calvin Cato, and JC Coccoli performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Monstro, The Opera, Sandino, Bastian, and DeCoster; and at 11:00 pm a show with superb troupes Outlook of the Poet (improv geniuses Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) plus The Law Firm: The People’s Court—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Kevin Allison (legendary sketch troupeThe State, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Ben Schwartz (writer for SNL and David Letterman, member of brilliant sketch/improv troupe Hot Sauce), and “a special guest” performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman hosting a sneak peek of the first episode of the upcoming new season of The Big Gay Sketch Showin Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon;Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live;Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Emily Flake (cartoonist for The New Yorker), Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), and Nick Stevens (host Of AMC’s Action Pack) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker) and razor-sharp Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour; for stand-up video about why Joe hates weddings, please click here): Punch Up Your Life

9:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central Presents), Claudia Cogan (Time Out New York’s Best Joke winner), and more with host Shawn Hollenbach at Minty Fresh Comedy

[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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