NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/8/11

March 8, 2011

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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari (above) and staffers of The Onion are among the stand-ups peforming tonight at Tell Your Friends

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] 7:30ish pm ($5): 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-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; delivered perfect set recently at Carnegie Hall), Chesley Calloway (co-host of Comedy as a Second Language), Neal Stasny, and Josh Carter performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with hosts Tyler Fischer & Sharron Paul: Cheap Date Comedy Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Aziz Ansari (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; co-star of NBC’s Parks & Recreation and MTV’s Human Giant), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien), Brody Stevens (HBO, Comedy Central, The Hangover), The Onion staffers Joe Garden, Lane Moore, and John Harris, and more 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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dybbuk, Grandma’s Ashes, Ragnaröck, Sandino, and Standard Oil; and at 11:00 pm improv from advanced UCBT students—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Molly Knefel, Jen Perney, Subhah Agarwal, Scout Derwood, and Mark Anthony Ramirez performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) hosted by the delightful Abbi Crutchfield and guest-host Maggie Nuttall: 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 ($16.50, plus 2-item minimum): Unforgettably hilarious co-star of NBC’s Ed, member of legendary sketch troupe & seminal MTV series The State, co-star of Comedy Central’sMichael & Michael Have Issues, and much more headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Michael Ian Black

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Jeff Ross (veteran Roastmaster on Comedy Central), Neal Brennan (co-creator & director of Chappelle’s Show), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): One-person scripted mini-shows by students of the wonderful Jen Nails, who’s stellar at teaching how to Do It Yourself

[TOP PICK] 10:00ish pm ($5): A UK comedy star performing a one-man show for one night only at Brooklyn’s Union HallTom Allen

[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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