NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/7/10

December 7, 2010

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"Slang" is tonight's topic at the smart, witty comedic lecture show Adult Education

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] 8:00 pm ($5): A special show devoted to stand-up from the staff writers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon—in alphabetical order, David Angelo, Patrick Borelli, Eric Ledgin, Morgan Murphy, Jon Rineman, Sara Schaeffer, and Justin Shane—performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Slang”—e.g., filmmaker Heather Quinlan exploring the immigrant contribution to NYC slang, playwright Jason Grote providing a tour of the great double-entendres of the Silver Age of comics,The Nation blogger Leslie Savan examining the role of pop language in our lives, and tour guide Mark Roberts making you blush with salty nautical origins of everyday words—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros 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: Eliot Chang (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately), Dave Waite (Comedy Central), Nore Davis (MTV), Lane Moore (The Onion), Jon Savoy, Shatara Curry, and Lianna Carerra 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 Robber Baron, Bastian, Ragnaröck, DeCoster, and Badman, 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] 8:30 pm: Amazing musical improv troupe Free Love Supreme, stand-up Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), plus music from Camille Harris (creator of FringeNYC 2009’s Muffin Man), and comedic opera singers Carla Wesby and Nick Packard 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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing, headliner at Caroline’s), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), Yannis Papas, and “secret special guests” 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): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), 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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