NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/27/10

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Blaine Swen

Comedy genius Blaine Swen performs tonight through Thursday at the Hudson Guild Theatre with his all-star Improvised Shakespeare Company

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12.90 online, $12 at the door—but buy in advance, because every performance will sell out): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight begins a week-long NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Two of the finest improv troupes in NYC performing back to back: The Stepfathers and The Law Firm

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Myq Kaplan (kicking ass on this season’s Last Comic Standing), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Tom Shillue (Comedy Central Presents; host of Tell), and DC Benny (Comedy Central Presents)—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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Lisa Delarios (Comedy Central), Greg Stone (Opie & Anthony), Liam McEneaney (host of Tell Your Friends), and Andy Haynes performing at Brooklyn’s Bell House Front Lounge guest-hosted by the gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen: Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of the finest improv troupes in NYC performing back to back: Death by Roo Roo and Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12.90 online, $12 at the door): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Improv veterans welcome UCBT students at all levels to perform with them at The Lottery

[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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