NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/14/10

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Anthony Jeselnik: "Shakespeare" and Hannibal Buress: "My Name is Hannibal"

Top comics with top comedy albums in 2010 perform stand-up tonight at Righteous Kill

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): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveLouie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), 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), master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Tony Camin (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, The Marijuana-logues), and Lane Moore (The Onion) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—includes free food, drinks, and prizes!): Fourth Anniversary show—and the last one at The PIT’s current location—featuring comics industry pros Jeff Newelt a.k.a JahFurry (comics editor of Smith, Heeb, Royal Flush; editor of Harvey Pekar Project;, Mike Geszel (writer of Tribes: The Dog Years), and Seth Kushner (creator ofCulturePOP photocomix) joining 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, Sandino, Ragnaröck, DeCoster, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm improv geniuses Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film at The Two-Man Movie, plus Laura Grey, Jordan Klepper, and two guest improvisors reenact a 1970s ritual in Key Party—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink minimum): “All-virgin show” consisting of folks who’ve never performed stand-up before, with the awkwardness happening at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) enabled by delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Four top stand-ups selected by Punchline Magazine as creating one of the Top 10 Comedy Albums of 2010: Anthony Jeselnik (album Shakespeare), Hannibal Burress (album My Name is Hannibal), Myq Kaplan (album Vegan Mind Meld), and co-host Joe DeRosa (album The Depression Auction) performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues), God’s Pottery (hilarious pretend Christian folk rock duo), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, VH1), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): “Six strangers are summoned to an unusual meeting by their mysterious host, Mr. Body. When Mr. Body is found dead, these strangers become suspects, each with their own devious motive. Who killed Mr. Body? In which room? And with which weapon?” Young talents make up comedy scenes based on a popular board game in Clue-Prov

[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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