NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/30/10

November 30, 2010

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Sara Schaefer

The luminous Sara Schaefer (above), world-class stand-up Ted Alexandro, and more perform tonight at Seth Herzog's Sweet

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] 6:30 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central’s Big Lake; author of Weird New York; The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives) is one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country. Chris is reviving his wonderful one-man show for one night only, and it should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Jamie Kilstein (Conan O’Brien), Chris DeLuca (creator/writer/star of Spike TV’s MoCap LLC), Charles Star (host of Adult Ed), and musical guest Supercute (Rachel Trachtenburg’s band, just returned from a European tour opening for Kate Nash) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Dan McNamara (hilarious animated Web series The Bear & The Cloud, sketch troupe Upset Triangle), and—via phone—comics creator Marjorie M. Liu (X-23, Dark Wolverine), joining 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: The debut of an an-female stand-up show hosted by Amy Beckerman (Dykes on Mics), with tonight’s guests Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter; check out Mindy’s character Leibya Rogers here and here and here), Cara Kilduff (Here TV), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Amy Albert (Edinburgh Comedy Festival), and Irene Bremis performing at The Sullivan Room (218 Sullivan Street): It’s Herlarious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: South-Asian stand-up night, with Sagar Bhatt, Ruhbin Mehta, and Dan Nainan performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes DeCoster, Badman, Bastian, Ragnaröck, and The Opera, 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: Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC, Maxim and Cosmo Radio; popular blogs and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Kurt Metzger, and Damien Lemon performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents, comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Ted Alexandro (one of the finest stand-ups in the world, and who recently delivered a perfect set at Carnegie Hall opening for Louis C.K.; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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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