NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/7/11

August 7, 2011

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Tom Shillue and Ophira Eisenberg

Tom Shillue and Ophira Eisenberg tell funny stories in Central Park this afternoon at "Laughter in the Park"

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] [FREE] 2:00 pm: Stellar storytellers Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) and Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, host of TV pilot of The Liar Show), plus stand-ups Helen Hong (Logo’s Setup Squad), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), and Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, MTV) performing for a free outdoor show at Mineral Springs in Central ParkLaughter in the Park

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (for details, please click here) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

7:00 pm ($5): Comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, whose production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a brand new sketch show: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Susan Prekel (Comedy Central), David Foster (HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy, MTV), James Parkinson, Jermaine Fowler, and Jaqi Furback performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors from Bakersfield, CA—Jeff Lepine (Artistic Director of The PIT), Lorraine Cink (Baby Wants Candy), Michael Lewis, Alex Marino, and Garrett Willingham —get together after five years of not performing together: The Bakersfield Reunion Show; and “Margo Brooke Pelmar & Lucia Brizzi fell in improv love in the early morning hours on a film set. Featured extras, they had been cast as the nameless Girls 1 & 2, but quickly realized they were meant for bigger, more histrionic things—such as this two-gal improv show starring them:” Featured GIrls

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show typically hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Ryan Hamilton, Kevin Barnett, and Ramon Rivas performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Damien Lemon: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Neil Charles, Phil Hanley, Taylor Clark, Grant Gordon, Alice Wetterlund, and Robert Dean performing at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Vince Averill’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Anecdotes about growing up “in the soon-to-be ex-Anthracite coal capital of the world” for this one-man show by Joe Dettmore: Stories from the Chronologically Gifted

[$] 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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Helen Hong (Logo’s Setup Squad), Ryan Shores, Daniel Horrigan, and Harriet Halloway performing stand-up at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy guest-hosted by show founder Adam Sank: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs loungehosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

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