NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/11/10

May 11, 2010

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YouTube sensation Mike O'Connell ('What's It Gonna Be?") performs tonight at both Punch Up Your Life and 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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join 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: Superb NYC stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Ben Lerman, Giulia Rozzi, Baratunde Thurston, and David Lee Nelson 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 Robber Baron, Bastian, Badman, Ragnaröck, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) and The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($3): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Mike O’Connell (hilarious YouTube star), Mike Drucker, Rory Scovel, Sean O’Connor, and Ethan Berlin performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily Show,John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Donald Glover (co-star of NBC’s Community and feature film Mystery Team; Derrick), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Mike O’Connell (hilariousYouTube star), and John Viener (writer and voice artist for Family Guy) 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.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman hosting a gay-themed stand-up show in Ochi’s LoungeDykes on Mics

[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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