NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/16/10

November 16, 2010

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Brooke Van Poppelen

Stand-up Brooke Van Poppelen will demonstrate why she's one of NYC's hottest rising stars tonight at Positively Awesome

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 a one-person improv show with multiple characters by Michael Short, in the double-bill The Cascade and I am Legion

7:00 pm ($5): A one-man sketch comedy show from Nicholas Sparks: Nicholas Sparks Didn’t Write This

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Andy De La Tour (UK comedy star), “a man of real mystery,” and musical group The Fools performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogs and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Adam Lowitt (Producer for The Daily Show, co-host of It Is It), MIke Lawrence (Just for Laughs fest), Elon James White, and Jay Welch performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Comedic singer/songwriters Stuckey & Murray (with John Foti joining on accordion), and yet more musical comedy from Caitlin Steitzer and Brittain Ashford, performing at Brooklyn’s The 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 The Opera, Badman, Sandino, Ragnaröck, and Robber Baron, followed by small groups of UCBT students each performing long scenes that seem to have nothing in common with each other but magically converge at the end, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Dan St. Germaine (quick-witted comic worth keeping an eye on; MTV, College Humor), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing), and Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents) performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) and guest-host Mike Recine: Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (writer/performer for Conan O’Brien, Demetri Martin, Human Giant), Nick Stevens (host of AMC’s Action Pack), and “very special guests” performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1; new feature Web Site of the Week): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): An improv show focused on a single scene, a la Death by Roo Roo’s unbeatable Cage Match approach: One

[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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