NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/12/11

July 12, 2011

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Hey We Live There

Top comics Julian McCullough, Sara Schaefer, Brooke Van Poppelen, and Ryan Hamilton comment on cinematic scenes of NYC's destruction...

Hey We Live There Robbie Collier's fun new show at Queens LIC's The Creek: "Hey We Live There"

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 improv show Listen Kid!; and duo improv from Snazzle Dazzle

[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): Jamal Igle (penciller for DC Comics) joins 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

8:00 pm ($5): Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Rose Surnow, musical guest Eytan Mirsky, and more performing at the Lolita Bar for Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($10): Jennifer Dziura performs a one-woman show about her experiences as a nude model, egg donor, subject of medical studies, and other ways to pay the rent, in answer to the question What Do Philosophy Students Do After College?

8:00 pm ($5; includes free tecate): “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor” at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents): The New York City Crime Report

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Mr. Crime, American Cousin, Sandino, Grandma’s Ashes, and Airwolf, 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: The Sound & The Fury and Rebound

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5):Matt Higgins (superb always-inventive comic; member of improv troupeCentralia); Tom Lennon & Ben Garant (The State, Reno 911), Wayne Federman (former writer forJimmy Fallon; 40 Year Old Virgin, Step Brothers), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Some of the most inept movie scenes of New York City being destroyed by a natural disaster, with clips from ArmageddonMeteor and Deep Impact, guided by stellar stand-ups Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer forJimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here andhere), and Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing) at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge hosted by Robbie Collier: Hey We Live There!

[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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