NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/21/11

June 21, 2011

For full details, please visit

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.

Jessi Klein

Jessi Klein performs in Brooklyn's Union Hall for "Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show"...

Kurt Braunohler

...while Kurt Braunohler headlines 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 a sketch show about how life sometimes turns into a storm, in German: Der Storm

7:00 pm ($5): Any show ballsy enough to begin its description with “Have you ever loved a mop? Susan-Kate Heaney has…” is worth exploring. This one-woman show is happening at The PIT: Confessions of a Mop-oholic

[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): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show), Colin Jost (writer for SNLJimmy Fallon), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), and musical guest Chris Dyas (Musical Director of Blue Man Group) performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book creators join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage for a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Dan St. Germain, Calise Hawkins, Nikki Glaser, Erik Bergstrom, Seaton Smith, Pat Thornton, and more performing at The Studio at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) hosted by Team Submarine: MTV Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Bandter (Jon Friedman with Stuckey & Murray), Rob Cantrell (organic pothead stand-up), Kara Klenk, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and more performing stand-up at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Jackie Zebrowski, Julia Johns, and Sharron Paul: Twat’s Up!

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dance Break, Grandma’s Ashes, Airwolf, Sandino, and Very Good Kiss, and at 11:00 pm UCBT students mixing it up with improv veterans—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5 at the door, $7.63 in advance online): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death,Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), 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), Gabe Liedman (co-host of Big Terrific), and more Dan St. performing for this new monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye: Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; host of Joe Mande Presents at Carolines, co-host of Totally J/K; author of book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), comedy duo James & JF, and musical guest The Birdhive Boys performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford, the delightful Camille Harris, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

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 Rebound

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives), David O’Doherty (award-winning writer/stand-up visiting from Ireland; to get a feel for this extraordinary storyteller, please click here and here and here), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [$] 9:30 pm (only $5 cover if you buy in advance by calling (212) 757-4100, plus 2-drink min.) A sketch master who’s also gotten good enough at other forms of comedy to win this year’s ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up; is the creator & host of IFC game showPointless; is the co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; and co-hosts Hot Tub Variety, headlining for one night only (with Nick Turner and Lisa Delarios opening) at the Carolines Comedy Club: Kurt Braunohler

9:30 pm ($5): David Angelo (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Will Sylvince (HBO), and Dan Soder (Comedy Central) performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty,Comedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): A one-woman show from Julie Ann Dulude about being raised by strict Catholic parents: Bless This Mess

[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

For full details, please visit

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.