NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/1/11

March 1, 2011

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Elna Baker

Comedic storyteller Elna Baker will blow the roof off tonight at "The Moon Show"

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, Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make, in The Cascade

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Blowout lineup with Elna Baker (among my all-time favorite comedic storytellers, and bestselling author of the comedic book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance), 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), hilarious raunchy singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill) performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moonregulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Remix”—e.g., If All the US Presidents Fought Each Other, Who Would Win?, and A Survey of the Continuum Between Genius and Plagiarism—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

8:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Aidan Bishop, Stone & Stone, and musical guests The Fools performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

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

8:00 pm ($5): Nikhil Raoe performing a one-man show: Jokes for the Under-Amused

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jenny Rubin (Max), Jaqi Furback (Comcast, Oxygen), Ben Kissel, Jillian Thomas, and Jon Savoy 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: BEEES! & Tambourine

[TOP PICK] 9:00 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), hilarious musical duo Stuckey & Murrray, long-missed stand-up Heather Fink, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; frequent host of Whiplash), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety), and more performing at theAce of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’sDown and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[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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