NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/7/10

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A radio host, a Time Magazine editor, and more present the darkly comedic aspects of war—including a survery of Disney's WWII cartoons—at Charles Star's "Adult Education"...

Brooke Van Poppelen and Morgan Murphy

...while Brooke Van Poppelen does stand-up at "The Moon Show" and Morgan Murphy does the same 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:

7:00 pm ($5): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “War”—e.g., WFMU’s Ken Freedman recounts America’s war propaganda highlights; Managing Editor (and a Time Magazine Executive Editor) Jim Frederick tells how toxic leadership, murder, and rape led to the catastrophic breakdown and fall of the 1st Platoon; and Constantine Von Hoffman shows excerpts of Walt Disney’s memorably racist WWII propaganda cartoons (ranging from Donald Gets Drafted to Der Fuehrer’s Face)—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-up stars Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, ; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host of Comedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’sAmerican Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), and Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), plus music from Camille Harris (creator of FringeNYC 2009’s Muffin Man) and tap dancer Hank Smith, performing at Brooklyn’sThe Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[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

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bastian, DeCoster, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Robber Baron; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students make up a story taking place in a single location in real time (i.e., Death by Roo Roo’snear-unbeatable technique at Cage Match)—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Blaine Kneece (Andy Kaufman Award, Second City), Boris Khaykin, Subhah Agarwal, Nimesh Patel, and Kibibi Dillon performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($3): Morgan Murphy (The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, former staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and Crank Yankers), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), and more performing at theHousingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe Derosa (Comedy Central) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[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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