NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/20/10

April 20, 2010

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Smokin' hot rising star Brooke Van Poppelen (above) performs with comedy genius Andy Blitz and more tonight at 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:

7:00 pm ($5): Sketches on topics from the 18th century—ranging from George Washington to Frankenstein—by Kelly Buttermore & Greg Wilker in Kelly & Greg Present 1778

[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: Brilliantly funny musical comics Mindy Raf and Stuckey & Murray, plus stand-ups Harry Terjanian, Joanne Filan, and Josh Sankey, 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 The Opera, Sandino, Monstro, Bastian, and Badman; and at 11:00 pm improv geniuses Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film at The Two-Man Movie, plus stellar improv troupe The Law Firm: The People’s Court—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Comedy giants Eugene Mirman and Christian Finnegan, Daily Show Producer Adam Lowitt, Moshe Kasher, and Brent Sullivan 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

8:30 pm ($5): One-person shows from Chrissie Mayr and Joel Jones in the double-bill Hope and Life Insurance

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), red-hot rising star Brooke Van Poppelen, Josh Pais, Arden Myrin, Clarke Mcfarlane performing atThe Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Red-hot stand-up 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), fearless comedy troupe Murderfist (winner of the 2010 ECNY Awards for Best Sketch Group), and Seena Jon join hosts Ben Kissel and Ed Larson in Two Wandering Wads

[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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