NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/2/11

August 2, 2011

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Todd Barry

TV & movie stars Todd Barry...

Justin Long

...and Justin Long perform at the final summer 2011 edition of "Sweet"

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): Improv genius Tara Copeland teams up with both veterans and students to perform musical improv at The Program

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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), Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show; former co-host of Air America), Todd Hanson (founding editor of The Onion), Brent Weinbach, Beth McGregor, and musical guest Sean Bones performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics creators joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Standard Oil, Airwolf, Dance Break, Sandino, and Very Good Kiss, and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students acting weird—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Moshe Kasher (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately, IFC), Jon Gabrus (storyteller at The Nights of Our Lives, improvisor for Outlook of the Poet and The Law Firm, stand-up for College Humor), Lisa Delarios (Comedy Central, co-host of The Party Machine), and musical duo Eden and John’s East River String Band 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: Rebound and BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie stars Todd Barry (one of the finest stand-ups in the country;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) and Justin Long (NBC’s EdGalaxy Quest, Going the Distance, Live Free or Die Hard, the Mac in Apple Computer commercials), plus Brent Weinbach and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, VH1) for the final summer 2011 edition of Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Nick Vatterott, Orlando Baxter, Louis Katz, and Dan Pasternack 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

9:30 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PIT’s upstairs theatre: In These Woods

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up, sketch, videos, and more at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre with Jeffrey Joseph and hosts Ron Krasnow & Joel Walkowski: 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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