NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/9/11

August 9, 2011

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Hey We Live There!: Dystopia Cornucopia Edition

Star Ted Alexandro and other razor-sharp comics comment on cinematic scenes of NYC becoming an even worse place to reside at Robbie Collier's fun new show at The Creek: "Hey We Live There!: Dystopia Cornucopia Edition"

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): This top musical improv troupe has wowed audiences around the world with its skill at making up an hour-long musical moment by moment. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment, even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are invented on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Please note this is among the last chances to enjoy improv genius Tara Copeland on an NYC stage before Tara moves to LA next month. Come see why BWC won aFringeNYC Award for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event by catching any or all of this five-night run (through Friday) at the Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street): Baby Wants Candy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—and in celebration of this upcoming weekend’s Del Close Marathon, tonight features all four of UCBT’s top improv troupes—Death by Roo Roo, The Law Firm, The Stepfathers, and The Curfew—plus at 10:30 pm UCBT students perform with improv veterans at Jammin’ With Ralph—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Marina Franklin (developing into one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with an uncommonly gentle, graceful style that’s pure joy; Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, VH1, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), Joe Garden (Editor of The Onion), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Costaki Economopoulos (Showtime’s Caroline Rhe & FriendsThe Bob and Tom Radio Show), Kevin Barnett, and musical guest Eden and John’s East RIver String Band 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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: At this unique show, stand-ups play videos they’ve made about themselves and then perform sets, with tonight’s guests Paul Oddo, Michael Che, Jessie Richardson, and Rojo Perez: Anecdotal Evidence

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] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Some of the most inept movie scenes of New York City being turned into a dystopia, with clips from Soylent Green2019: After the Fall of New York, and I Am Legend(actually a fine film, Robbie must be running out of bad ones), guided by stellar stand-ups 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.), Jon FIsch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1), Jesse Joyce (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, FOX), Dave Waite, Tim Dimond, plus stand-up sets from Mike Recine and Andrew Short, all at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge hosted by Robbie Collier: Hey We Live There!: Dystopia Cornucopia Edition

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, perform the jaw-dropping feat of making up an entire feature film at the Hudson Guild Theatre (441 West 26th Street) as The Two-Man Movie

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

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Avi Liberman, Andy Haynes, Robert Kelly, and more 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] 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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