NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 2/20/11

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Dave Hill and Brooke Van Poppelen
Two of NYC’s finest, Dave Hill and Brooke Van Poppelen, perform stand-up tonight at “It Is It”

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through April 17th to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

6:30 pm ($5): Two shows audition for spots on The Magnet lineup (unfortunately, with no info posted beyond their titles): Sneaky Beatings and LD50

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Blowout lineup of wonderful stand-ups & storytellers 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), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzasReal Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), and Josh Rabinowitz (College Humor) performing at this free LES stand-up show at Pianos hosted by Adam Lowitt (producer at The Daily Show): It Is It

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, VH1), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) I had the pleasure of catching this last night. A killer opening set by Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents) is followed by Los Vegas-based writer/actress Whitney Cummings, who proves herself to be one of the very finest stand-ups in the country—bold, shrewdly observant about men and women, and lightning-quick with the audience. Whitney’s credits include HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, E!, and Chelsea Lately. Don’t miss her headlining this one last evening at Carolines: Julian McCullough and Whitney Cummings

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno), Jason Good (Comedy Central), Tom Sibley (creator of, and Doug Smith (One Trick Pony) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Two tough guys from the 1930s will explain the ins and outs of Hollywood at sketch show Listen Kid! ; and comedy duo Jen Sanders & Joel Jones “take the fragile stuff that makes us human and mock it mercilessly in sharp, funny, and tightly-written sketches” in Answer Man

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety), DJ Roofeeo, Al Jackson, Dan Soder, Justin Silver, and Damien Lemon performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Brilliant singer/songwriter/stand-up Mindy Raf, plus Pat O’Shea (host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), Danny Rouhier, Nick Maritato, and Dan Enfield performing in the East Village’sBeauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and an escalating challenge component—at Magnet Inferno

[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal stand-up lineup of Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), and Dana Lovecchio performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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