NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/1/11

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Emily Flake

Cartoonist Emily Flake (The New Yorker)...

David Rees

...and cartoonist David Rees perform tonight at "Lollygaggin' with David Rees"

Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy tonight (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

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with veteran improv talents to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Emily Flake (cartoonist for The New Yorker), Joe Garden (Features Editor of The Onion), and David Cope performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) with cartoonist host David Rees: Lollygaggin’ with David Rees

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): A rotating cast of veteran improvisors make up scenes based on the improvised monologues of the co-owner of the Magnet Theatre: The Armando Diaz Experience

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mike Still (Death by Roo Roo, Diamond Lion) pulls out all the stops for a dynamic one-man show packed with comedic ideas revolving around a tyrant so evil that he machine-guns the audience (twice!), with direction by fellow Roo Roo star Neil Casey: Dictator For Life;

…and in the other half of this double-bill, a smart troupe consisting of writers for The Onion perform their best sketches: Pangea 3000: 12 Years of Hard Work

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Naomi Grossman tells tales of past lovers via a sideshow format, which is entertaining from story to story (but don’t expect the sum to be greater than the parts, because the material offers no evidence that Naomi learned anything from these experiences…). This one-woman show just played at FringeNYC 2011 for $18; see it tonight for a bargain $8: Carnival Knowledge

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show) and Andy Ross (Real Characters) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge on the topic Back to School with young hosts Michelle Markowitz & Bryan Rucker who say they’re Failing Our Twenties

[$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Show headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Amy Maguire (casting director and/or producer for MTV and such feature films as Titanic and Sleepless in Seattle), Adam Newman (College Humor) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV,, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling true tales on tonight’s theme “Summer Lovin'”—plus hot songs from The Reformed Whores—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Jason Trachtenburg (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central), Adam Conover (Olde English), and more performing stand-up atLuca 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

9:30 pm ($5):Sketch comics provide an inside look at what your teachers used to say behind closed doors: The Teacher’s Lounge

[$] 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): Improv duo The Brothers Hines compete against The Shucks for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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

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:

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