NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/2/10

May 2, 2010

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This second annual edition of a unique beauty contest is crammed with talent, including hosts Mel & El: The Miss Fag Hag Pageant

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] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($19.26 online if you use code VIPMAY, plus 2-item minimum): “A celebration of the unsung heroes of the gay community,” this annual beauty contest features 10 women competing in five categories: Evening Wear, Talent, Presenting Your Gay in Swimsuit, Gay Trivia, and Online Video Challenge, with judges John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Musto, Caroline Rhea, and Robert Verdi, plus a slew of other talent—including Kate McKinnon, Hedda Lettuce, and hosts Mel & El—all partying at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: The Second Annual Miss Fag Hag Pageant

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): A blowout gathering of top talent: Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion), and the wonderful Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live;Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy showWhiplash) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Giulia Rozzi, David Angelo, Dan Wilbur, and David Cope performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Unannounced stand-ups performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) who may or may not be hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress: Comedy Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Murderfist, Cary Prusa, and Sean Crespo performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5; this may sell out, so buy tickets in advance online): The only live run-through for Kurt Braunohler’s new TV pilot: “Performers, writers, and producers from your favorite TV shows and improv groups compete in the most ridiculous game show of all time! Who will dominate when it comes to insulting owls and melting sticks of butter? You have to show up to see!” How can you resist? With Kurt Braunohler (master sketch comic), Eliza Skinner (Conan O’Brien, Baby Wants Candy, The BEATdown), Jeremy Beiler (Onion News Network), Gabe Gronli (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report), Ethan T. Berlin (Comedy Central, MTV), and Patrick Grant:Pointless

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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