NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/19/11

July 19, 2011

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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): Improv from Dustin Drury & Andrew Yurman-Glaser that captures the laid-back feel ofUpstate New York; plus in the second half of this double-bill, improv revolving around “the anticipation, the fall-out, that fragile moment when love blooms or dies” in Double Date

[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): Comics 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 ($10): Jennifer Dziura, who hosts Brooklyn’s Spelling Bee, debuts a one-woman show about punctuation: “Do you know your colon from your semicolon? Enjoy a fun-filled (and pun-filled) romp through the major punctuation marks, those that never quite took off, and some unorthodox uses of punctuation. Those tiny symbols on the printed page mean more than you ever imagined. Also, if you’ve ever wanted to volunteer to come on stage and punctuate something, this is your chance!:” The Punctuation Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Gadgets, gizmos, doodads—we’re surrounded by and immersed in them. They connect us across the world and separate us in the same room, show us new forests and hide the trees, fix our hearts and raise our cholesterol. We invent them, but they reinvent us.” Writers/tech nerds Amy Klein (editor of Brain World), Sara Peters (tech writer), “B” (creator of STFU Parents), Justin D’Ambrosio (theater tech), Nicole Ferraro (writer), and David Smithyman (comic) tell funny tales at this monthly show that tonight focuses on Technology at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dance Break, Very Good Kiss, American Cousin, Sandino, and Standard Oil, and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up theatrical plays on the spot—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), The Story Pirates (awesome theatre troupe that performs plays written by children, hilariously), The Brothers Hines (ace improvisors Will & Kevin Hines), and Supercute (“girls armed to the teeth with small guitars”) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 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 Tambourine

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5):Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC’s Apartment 23, TBS’ Lopez Report, Comedy Central, FOX’s In the Flow), Josh Zepps (visiting comedy star from Australia), Barry Rothbart (TNT’s Men of a Certain Age), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): Terrific NYC stand-ups James Adomian, Carmen Lynch, Mike Recine, Amber Nelson, and Joe Machi 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

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Greg Barris (host ofHeart of Darkness), Sean Donnelly (host of a whole bunch of shows), Erik Bergstrom, and Selena Coppock performing stand-up at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Jackie Zebrowski, Julia Johns, and Sharron Paul: Twat’s Up!

9:30 pm ($8): Two students from Peter Michael Marino’s Flying Solo Class at The PIT try out their one-person shows. One sounds quite interesting: “When a small town girl gets placed in a South Bronx elementary school to teach drama, she faces the wild challenge with a little wink to Michelle Pfeiffer, Sidney Poitier, and Michael Jackson:” Drama at the Point! Huntspoint!

[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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