NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/15/11

March 15, 2011

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Chris Gethard

Hot off his win at last night's ECNY Awards, genius comic Chris Gethard performs tonight at "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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): 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), 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),  Mike Lawrence (damn funny), Dan Wilbur, and musical guest Amy Miles performing at the Lolita Bar for Tell Your Friends

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

7:00 pm ($5): An all-gal improv troupe consisting of Jennifer Bild, Christine DeNoon, Julianne Dunn, and Brandy Mitchell, with tonight’s guest guy three-time 2011 ECNY Award winner Kurt Braunohler, performing as Goldie and the Hawns

8:00 pm ($10): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru: Strange Things

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Elna Baker (among my all-time favorite comedic storytellers, and bestselling author of the comedic book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, VH1, Comedy Central),  and Jen Rondeau performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics creators Dave Gallaher (High Moon), Bobby Timony (The Night Owls), and Kevin Colden (Fishtown) 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 Very Good Kiss, Standard Oil, Sandino, Ragnaröck, and Badman; and at 11:00 pm improv from advanced UCBT students—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: All-virgin stand-up showcase—come see folks struggle and strain with their first attempt at the most difficult form of comedy—at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) hosted by the delightful Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapper Andrew Singer: 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! and Rebound

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake; host off UCBT’s The Chris Gethard Show and WhiplashMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York; winner of 2011 ECNY Award for Best Tweeter), Jay Pharoah (cast member on SNL), Nick Stevens (host of Discover Channel’s Money on the Menu), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Katie Hartman, who’s half of hilarious sketch comedy duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, going solo tonight with “a menagerie of bizarre and bewildering characters in the shittiest parade you’ve ever seen. But not a literal parade. Please don’t expect a parade:”Unhuggable

[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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If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my new book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.