NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/15/11

September 15, 2011

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Chris Gethard

Chris Gethard headlines at a new show mixing tales & cartoons: Animated Stories

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: Weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and genius comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and UCBT’s The Chris Gethard ShowMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York; winner of 2011 ECNY Award for Best Tweeter) headlines at a show that also lets audience members tell their stories, with the best tale turned into an animated premiering the following month. It all happens at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B), hosted by Todd Bieber: Animated Stories

[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] 7:30 pm ($10): At UCB West, a smart troupe consisting of writers for The Onion perform their best sketches: Pangea 3000: 12 Years of Hard Work

…and in the second half of this double-bill, Joanna Bradley performs a one-woman show about how awful people are, directed by the wonderful Becky Drysdale: Everybody’s Dumb and Boring

[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] 9:00 pm ($5): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), Heather Lawless (fresh, hilarious, unique stand-up; member of Variety SHAC), Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of, and a “secret special guest” performing at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B) with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author ofLook At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): A fine storyteller who yesterday performed a funny and poignant one-man show about how the martial arts changed his life tonight tells a variety of personal anecdotes at The PIT (123 East 24th Street): Dylan Brody

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): TV &  movie star Janeane Garofalo, 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), and more 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Stellar improv troupes Rogue Elephant and The Shucks compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB West (307 West 26th Street) for the raucous Cage Match

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

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show, with each comic given five minutes, at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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