NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/2/11

June 2, 2011

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Mel & El

Musical comedy duo Mel and El sing and dance at "Our Time of the Month"...

Michael Showalter

...and Michael Showalter performs at Variety SHAC

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): A smart sketch troupe, consisting of writers for The Onion, trying out new material:Pangea 3000

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($15): A delightful comedic singing duo (according to Molly, “really smart, funny, talented, awesome people with great bods; Molly is bitter, heavily medicated and she reads poetry”) performing at 92Y Tribeca an intimate hour of music and more: Mel & El: Our Time of the Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stellar storytellers Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents) and John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge, with young hosts Michelle Markowitz & Bryan Rucker who say they’re Failing Our Twenties

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Magnet Theatre co-owner Armando Diaz directs “veteran Magnet performers throwing down for an improv revue featuring classic long forms such as the montage, monoscene, time dash, and maybe even a little freeze tag:” Old School

[$] 8:00 pm ($49 & 2-drink min.) A TV and movie star who first earned fame on Chappelle’s Showheadlining through Sunday at Carolines: Charlie Murphy

8:00 pm ($5): A new UCBT sketch show by Ryan Karels, and another by Leah Gotcsik & Marty Johnson, in the double-bill Radio Rogue and Somebody’s in the Doghouse

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues; author of bestselling new book Mr. Funny Pants), 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), Andrea Rosen (most hilarious pregnant stand-up alive; HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), and Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, host of The Rejection Show) joining delightful singer/host Shonali Bhowmik for Variety SHAC

9:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors—tonight including Neil Casey and Jeff Hiller— make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s downstairs lounge in The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien; warm-up comic for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) performing stand-up at The PIT for this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Curfew and Boy Butter competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

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