NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 10/19/10

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Jim Gaffigan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and Josh Fadem (above) help close out one of NYC's finest stand-up shows tonight: Punch Up Your Life

Jim Gaffigan, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and Josh Fadem (above) help close out one of NYC's finest stand-up shows tonight: 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): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and Willy Appelman, Tom Costello, Ben Furnas, David Ross, and Ross Taylor make stuff up, in the double-bill The Cascade and Thunderbirds 4Life

[$] 7:30 pm ($18 & 2-drink min.): Winner of the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Maureen Langan

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Molly Knefel (member of dynamite improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl), John Knefel (The Huffington Post; for stand-up video about tracking falafel sales to catch terrorists, please click here), and Ben Kronenberg (performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Southpaw Downstairs Lounge DownSouth (125 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope), hosted by the breathtaking Sara Schaefer (Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon): Get Off Your Knees

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Leslie Goshko (stellar storyteller; Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Aaron Glaser (Jimmy Fallon), and “clowning from Kinky & Boon’s Live Radio Show” at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak 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): Patrick Meaney (director of documentary Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods) and Justin Akin (improv teams Big Black Car and Action Pals) join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture atComic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bastian, Sandino, DeCoster, Ragnaröck, and Monstro; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students studying under improv genius Neil Casey using an audience suggestion to make up an entire move (a la Neil’s and Anthony Atamanuik’s hilarious Two Man Movie)—all at Harold Night

9:30 pm ($5): Sketches on topics from the 18th century—ranging from George Washington to Frankenstein—by Kelly Buttermore & Greg Wilker in Kelly & Greg Present 1776

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An all-gal lineup of NYC stand-ups Myka Fox, Cara Kilduff, Adi Blotman, and Gibran Saleem 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): The final installment of one of NYC’s truly great stand-up shows, which helped propel its original brilliant hosts Jessi Klein & Pete Holmes to NBC comedy staff writing jobs (at SNL and Outsourced). Bringing down the curtain tonight is a blowout lineup: Jim Gaffigan, Josh Fadem, Brooke Van Poppelen, Glenn Wool, and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Punch Up Your Life

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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