NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/31/11

May 31, 2011

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Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer will be the highlight of a fun show hosted by Joe Mande tonight at Carolines

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): Two tough guys from the 1930s will explain the ins and outs of Hollywood at sketch show Listen Kid! ; and duo improv by Dustin Drury and Andrew Yurman-Glaser in Upstate New York

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($5.50 & 2-drink min.) Red-hot rising star Amy Schumer (whose birthday is tomorrow), Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), and Max Silvestri & Gabe Liedman (co-hosts of Big Terrific) performing at the Carolines Comedy Club with host Joe Mande: The Joe Mande Five Dollar Comedy Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book creators Ben McCool (Captain America) and Nate Cosby (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller) will be talking in depth about their upcoming Image series Pigs with super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage, as well as engaging in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm ($5): Duo Andy Emeritz & George Lakis performing “a musical comedy about America’s once greatest boy band. In the 80’s, Five Alive was on top of the world…until they were fleeced by their manager. Years later, their now-deceased manager’s fortune is up for grabs to the first of his washed-up bands to score a number one single. With their chart-topping “Kiss You With Tongue” a distant memory, Five Alive reunites as a duo of desperate has-beens, exploring a montage of hilarious original songs and classic 80’s tunes for a final shot at fame and redemption:” Five Alive! The Musical

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Grandma’s Ashes, Ragnaröck, Badman, Sandino, and Dybbuk, and at 11:00 pm a small army of advanced UCBT improv students trying to snatch order from chaos—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: The Sound & the Fury and Tambourine

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): An all-star lineup, with Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show who recently proved he can do anything by delivering a wonderful comedic story at Kevin Allison’s Risk!), 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), and Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1) performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 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.), Andrea Rosen (most hilarious pregnant stand-up alive; HBO’sFlight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), and Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central) 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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