NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/14/11

June 14, 2011

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Meghan O'Neill

A rising star who was a highlight at last week's SketchFest NYC performs tonight at The PIT's downstairs lounge: Meghan O'Neill

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): Of all the superb comedic performers new to me at last week’s SketchFest NYC 2011, the one who most impressed was Meghan O’Neill. This exceptional actress has such a strong command of voice and movement that in one sketch she managed to convincingly evoke a dozen pop culture figures in under 30 seconds. O’Neill is also a sharp writer, bringing a groundedness and underlying meaning to even the silliest of scenarios. O’Neill is a member of the acclaimed Striking Viking Story Pirates, but is just starting to achieve the fame her talent deserves. If she’s been under your radar too, come check her out tonight at a one-woman show with a title that belies O’Neill’s star quality: ‘Fraidy Cat

7:00 pm ($5): Jen Sanders & Joel Jones “take the fragile stuff that makes us human and mock it mercilessly” in their sketch show Answer Man; plus in the second half of this double-bill, improv from Dustin Drury & Andrew Yurman-Glaser that captures the laid-back feel of 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] 8:00 pm ($5): Eddie Brill (stand-up booker for David LettermanComedy Central Presents), Andy De La Tour (UK comedy star), Danny Lobel (Comical Radio), “a secret guest,” and musical guest Joe Yoga performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book creators Mark Sable & Paul Azaceta (Graveyard of Empires) join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage for a lively & hilarious discussionabout 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, Ragnaröck, Grandma’s Ashes, Sandino, and Standard Oil, and at 11:00 pm a small army of advanced UCBT improv students trying to snatch order from chaos—all at Harold Night

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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Carolyn Castiglia, Rojo Perez, Ryan Conner, and Dan Soder performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Charlie Kasov & Gabe Pacheco: Anecdotal Evidence

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! & Tambourine

9:30 pm ($8): Young, energetic sketch troup New Excitement

9:30 pm ($5): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Chris Laker, and Karl Hess 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

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A late night edition (this show is usually at 9:00) featuring stand-up Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), raunchy singer-songwriter Cock Lorge, burlesque star Franny Fluffer, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[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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