NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/1/10

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Andy Blitz

Fresh, unique comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central) delivers his special version of stand-up tonight at Punch Up Your Life

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): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about “Unconventional Wisdom” (e.g., Turning Jail Into Joy and Jogging with Jesus at the Reanimation Library) at Charles Star’s Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: World-class storyteller Kevin Allison (Risk!, The State), plus stand-ups Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), Bobby Miyamoto (Craig Ferguson), Mark Normand (Hot Soup), and Raquel D’Apice performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[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] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber Baron, Decoster, Sandino, 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] 8:30 pm ($3): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien; writer for Comedy Central’s Important Things with Demetri Martin); Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), Mike Lawrence, and “a special surprise guest” performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO, Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour) and Nick Turner (Too Cool for School): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic stand-up; staff writer forSaturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new bookLook at This F*cking Hipster), and more performing 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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