NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/10/11

May 10, 2011

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Ted Alexandro

Watching for answers: Ted Alexandro at Sweet...

Neil Innes

...and listening for answers: Neil Innes in concert at the Highline Ballroom

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 ($27.25 & 2-item min.): Star stand-ups raise money for cancer research at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Oliver, Dave Attell, Judah Friedlander, and More

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($25 & $10 food/drink min. at tables): The musical force behind songs fromMonty Python and The Rutles, performing for one night only at the Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street, off Ninth Avenue): Neil Innes

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): All-music show, with Myq Kaplan & Micah Sherman, Yoni Brenner (The New Yorker, screenwriter of Ice Age) & Dave Luther (tours in Meat Loaf’s band), Rob Paravonian (YouTube star), and an extra-special guest performing at the Lolita Bar for Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Cartoonist Jed Collins, plus lots of opinions about the movie Thor, as super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage engage in a lively & hilarious discussionabout four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia has long been one of the finest stand-up comics in the country, with credits including the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; and the comedy CDsTwo Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live. But what puts Mike in a class all his own is a unique style he’s developed that mixes the razor-sharp hilarity of the finest stand-up with the depth of emotionally moving theatre. Mike pioneered this approach with his previous off-Broadway hit Sleepwalk with Me (which he then turned into a New York Times bestselling book, Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories); but he’s raised his game to a whole new level with this show, which is regularly selling out—for good reason. The $35.50 (discounted via code BOX) price is about what you’d pay at a comedy club…and it’ll buy you one of the richest experiences you’re ever likely to receive from art. To enjoy world-class laughs while being taught how to value what’s truly important, grab tickets while you can at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop); this utterly brilliant one-man show is slated to run only through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Very Good Kiss, Badman, Grandma’s Ashes, Sandino, and Dybbuk, and at 11:00 pm UCBT students on stage with improv veterans from troupe Badman—all at Harold Night

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 Tambourine

[FREE] 8:00 pm: At this unique show, stand-ups play videos they’ve made about themselves and then perform sets, with tonight’s guests Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), Todd Womack, Brad Steurnagel, and Justy Dodge: Anecdotal Evidence

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): 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; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show; former co-host ofAir America), Michael Apfel (visiting from the UK), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game showPointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Kurt Metzger (Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), and Mike Recine (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham) performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down 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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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.