NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/1/11

February 1, 2011

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Brooklyn's Wonder Wheel

Comedic and fascinating lectures about Brooklyn tonight at Charles Star's 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:

7:00 pm ($5): Six improvisors play themselves on stage (similar to Naked in a Fishbowl) in Self Image ; and in the second half of this double-bill, eight improvisors trace the storylines of characters at a single event suggested by an audience member in Hell Buffalo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Brooklyn”—e.g., The Brooklyn Accent: Freakin’ A, and Dreamland is Burning: A Coney Island Centennial—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Celebrating the 50th edition of this biweekly show are Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Micah Sherman (Second City), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories),  and musical guest The Pendulum Swings (featuring Jason Trachtenberg of the wonderful Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players) 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):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), Jon Rineman (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Brandy Crawford, Whitney Meers, and musical guest Scott Gibson performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($10): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru: Strange Things

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes CAPTCHA, Very Good Kiss, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Sandino; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students chosen by chance perform with veteran improvisors—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mara Herron , Mary Kate Wise, Adam Chisnall, and Dan Frigolette performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and guest-host Boris Khaykin: Positively Awesome

9:00 pm ($5): Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films,The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Adam Morneno (a.k.a. Mr. Blue; music For Wet Hot American SummerThe Ten), and more performing atElla (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm ($5): Morgan Murphy (fresh, original, and fearlessly dark; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Jason Good, Greg Johnson, and more performing stand-up 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

9:30 pm ($5): Young, adorable performers make up a musical on the spot as Zamboni Musical Improv

[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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