NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/22/11

February 22, 2011

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Michael Showalter and Wyatt Cenac

Michael Showalter, whose new bestselling book you can buy at half-price by clicking on the photo above, and Wyatt Cenac, who will be on stage for the sheer love of the craft, perform tonight at 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): Grace Helbig & Michelle Vargas parodying Lady Gaga and pop music in general in this singing sketch show: graceNmichelle: The Hamster Ball

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): Hannibal Buress, Chris Sullivan a.k.a. Shockwave, Victor Varnado, Aidan Bishop, and Myka Fox 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 Dybbuk, Standard Oil, Grandma’s Ashes, Badman, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm an improv show that begins and ends with the same scene—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: A lineup devoted to stand-ups from New Jersey—Mollie Sperduto, Alec Sobel, Peter Elias, Adam Mamawala, and more—performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) hosted by comedic rapper Andrew Singer and the delightful Abbi Crutchfield: Positively Awesome

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Sound & The Fury and Rebound

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent on The Daily Show), 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; author of bestselling new book Mr. Funny Pants), Bobby Tisdale (former co-host of legendary and seminal NYC downtown comedy show Invite Them Up), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (finalist on last summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sean Donnelly (host ofLil’ Seany Boy), Susan Prekel, 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): Elizabeth Blue performing her one-woman show in which she searches for meaning and happiness: Am I Blue

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[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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