NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/30/11

August 30, 2011

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Anthony Jeselnik and Andy Blitz

Comedy geniuses Anthony Jeselnik (Joe Mande Presents at Carolines) and Andy Blitz (Tell Your Friends)

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): Comedy veterans and Magnet students team up 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 ($5.50 & 2-drink min.) Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; former writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; comedy CD Shakespeare), 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), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), and more performing at the Carolines Comedy Club with host Joe Mande: Joe Mande Presents at Carolines

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Andy Blitz (comedy genius best known for being an Emmy-nominated and long-time writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien; has also written for Comedy Central’s Important Things, MTV’s Human Giant, etc.; a thoroughly unique stand-up whose sets—ranging from talking peanut butter to jet-flying cats—tend to be unforgettable), Vanessa Bayer (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Jane Borden (treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), Joe Garden (Features Editor of The Onion), Wayne Federman (former head monologue writer for Jimmy FallonJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), and Eric Patrick 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 Dance Break, Mr. Crime, Sandino, American Cousin, and Grandma’s Ashes—and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up movies—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm ($5): “What really goes on inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl from Long Island who’s obsessed with sleepaway camp, Madonna, and everything that her sexually promiscuous older sister does?” A one-woman show by Ali Bernstein: J.A.P.

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!

9:30 pm ($5): Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup andWe’re All Friends Here), and Andy Haynes 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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