NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/8/11

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Nick Swardson

Nick Swardson, star of Comedy Central's Pretend Time, performs tonight at the wonderful 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:

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): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents, Penelope, Hot Tub Variety), Andrea Rosen (HBO, Comedy Central), award-winning sketch troup Murderfist, M. Dickson (MTV), and Brad Howe performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Tyler Fischer’s and Sharron Paul’s Cheap Date Comedy Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5):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), Eric Ledgin (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, YouTube star), Chris DeLuca, and a secret musical guest who’s “fronted a big rock band and has made multiple TV appearances” performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb veteran improvisors—including Tara Copeland, Matt Higgins, and Matt Oberg—performing as new  troupe HugeTown

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Standard Oil, Dybbuk, Sandino, Grandma’s Ashes, or Badman; and at 11:00 pm an improv show that begins and ends with the same scene—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Sean Lynch (Comedy Central, Moon Over Oniontown), Mark Anthony Ramirez (Comedy Central, Howard Stern), Andy Kleiman (Black People Have The Darndest Names), Stephanie Holmes, and Matt Nagin performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) hosted by comedic rapper Andrew Singer and the delightful Abbi Crutchfield: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Nick Swardson (star of Comedy Central’s Pretend Time), John Gemberling (genius improvisor and fearless sketch comic on his way to stardom; Adult Swim,Death by Roo Roo), Rory Scovel (rising star; Jimmy Fallon), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan, DC Benny, Brian Jian, Jeff Wesselschmidt, and more 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

9:30 pm ($5): “Have you ever wanted to hear three of our dopest Founding Fathers trading savage rhymes over the beat to Paul Revere? Or see the events of World War I through the prism of World Wrestling Entertainment?” History-based sketch comedy from troupe HugeTown

[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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