NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/4/11

August 4, 2011

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The Apes of Wrath: A Musical Love Story

The debut of a promising musical about monkey love: "The Apes of Wrath"

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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics drawing names from a bucket, with each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): An audition for a musical that’s likely to nab a UCBT run based on the description alone: “The time is the near future. Apes supplant dogs and cats as household pets…and replace humans as waiters, landscapers, and even strippers. But during this tumultuous time, while apes secretly plan to overthrow their human oppressors, one universal constant remains—forbidden love:” The Apes of Wrath: A Musical Love Story

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free show, audience members (signing in at 6) can join in with veteran improv talents to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): An hour of stand-up from a comic Jane Borden of TIme Out New York has described as “weird in the best way:” Brent Weinbach

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “The iTunes Comedy chart topping podcast with over 1.5 million downloads brings its UK sold-out live show to the their home city of New York for the first time ever! Join Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds as they look to vanquish Wikipedia as the go-to reference for knowledge about anything and everything. From North Korea to Nicolas Cage, no stone is left unturned in their humble quest to explain literally everything there is to know about anything in about an hour. Also, they’ll tell some jokes and probably complain about things:” The Complete Guide to Everything

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mark Sam Rosenthal (scored major hit at FringeNYC 2008 with Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire, and is back at this year’s Fringe with “a pre-emptive autobiography”—please click here and here) and Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez (NY Confidential) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge on the topic Heat with young hosts Michelle Markowitz & Bryan Rucker who say they’re Failing Our Twenties

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Some of the Magnet Theatre’s finest improvisors make up theatrical plays on the spot: Playhouse

[$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s made a fortune from dysfunction headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Christopher Titus

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($8): The worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw and Prakash Puru: Strange Things

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): 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), Julia Segal, Will Ruele, and “some surprises” performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s basement lounger for The Scene

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Spectacular musical improv troupe Diamond Lion (which includes comedy genius Tara Copeland) competing against improv troupe Macaroni Rascal for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT for this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One

11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupes Brick and Honey compete for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

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