NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/5/11

July 5, 2011

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Livia Scott

Comedic chameleon Livia Scott debuts her new show at The PIT: "Raging Triumph"...

Reformed Whores

...and musical duo Reformed Whores show a video and talk about it at "Anecdotal Evidence"

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: “What if the two worst actors on the planet taught a workshop? And what if they were totally fucking crazy? Join Livia Scott as Collette Priester, ‘The Empress Of Dinner Theater,’ and Sean Crespo as Rodney DeGiles, ‘A younger, sexier Gary Oldman with more range,’ as they take you through a free audit of The Gold Star Acting Workshop. Prepare to be traumatized and like it.” Plus for tonight only, Murderfist: Raging Triumph

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’s The Creek hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($6 & 2-drink min.) Some of the very finest stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Ted Alexandro, Todd Barry, and John Mulaney (in alphabetical order because they’re all insanely great…)—performing for this wonderful showcase hosted by Joe Mande at the Carolines Comedy Club: Alexandro, Barry, and Mulaney

[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 The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’sMy Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1; to see his hit video Pachelbel Rant, which has been viewed by over 9 million people on YouTube, please click here), Amanda Melson (Comedy Central), Ritch Duncan, and Joelle Boucai performing at the Lolita Bar for Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[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 RG Daniels, Andy Haynes, Tom Sibley, and The Reformed Whores: Anecdotal Evidence

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dance Break, Airwolf, Standard Oil, Grandma’s Ashes, and Very Good Kiss, and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up theatrical plays on the spot—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: Tambourine & BEEES!

9:30 pm ($5): “Have you ever wondered what would happen in a porno movie if there was no sex? Would the repairman fix the washing machine and be on his way? Would the teacher help Johnny raise his SAT scores? Would the delivery boy tell the nice, scantily clad lady she can pay him later? This show is the best parts of adult films: the character work, the blocking and the acting—oh, the acting! Improv troupe Borealis screens the opening scenes of random porn movies and then makes up what happens next” in Who Ordered Pepperoni?: Porn-Inspired Improv

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up, sketch, videos, and more at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Jeffrey Joseph: The Short Bus

[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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