NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/20/11

September 20, 2011

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Sean Patton and Myq Kaplan

Sean Patton performs stand-up at "Sweet," Myq Kaplan does the same at "Tell Your Friends"...

Tom Shillue and Shayna Ferm

...Tom Shillue tells sexy tales at "Stripped Stories," and Shayna Ferm sings at "Twat's Up!"

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): A one-man show by Andrew Fafoutakis about his life in Minnesota that’s “part comedy, part storytelling, and part rock concert:” Prince and a Pauper

[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 ($10 suggested donation): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), star stand-up Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents), and Andy Ross (Real Characters) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV,, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling raunchy comedic tales—plus hot songs from Adira Amram (fresh, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act)—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC, which tonight is putting on a special edition for Planned Parenthood of New York City at Babeland Soho (43 Mercer Street, near the #6 subway’s Spring Street stop and the N/R Canal Street stop): Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jon Rineman (writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon), Eric Ledgin (writer for Jimmy Fallon), and Costaki Economopoulos (Showtime, Sirius XM) performing at the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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.), musical guest Mike Doughty (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien; formerly of band Soul Coughing; solo album Sad Man Happy Man), and more performing at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of a great late actor: After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros 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 Grandma’s Ashes, Mr. Crime, Sandino, Dance Break, and Very Good Kiss—and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up movies—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm (sketch troupe Fearsome, musicalGrease 3: Threase), and stand-ups R. G. Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), Hadiyah Robinson, Andy Sandford, and Annie Lederman performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Jackie Zebrowski, Julia Johns, and Sharron Paul: Twat’s Up!

8:00 pm ($5): Anne Johnson & Scott Lawrie “combine Eastern religions with Western bass beats to create the duo’s patented dance therapy” at The PIT for Work it Out with Anne and Scott

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: Mint Condition and Rosencrantz

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): 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), Rory Scovel (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Eric Ledgin (writer for Jimmy Fallon), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Justin Silver, Ari Shaffir, and more performing stand-up at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): “Ever watch an improv set and think, Geeze, I want to know everything about how that show came together: What were the performers thinking about? How did they approach each scene? What notes will their coach give them? Yep, us too. Presenting a post-show panel discussion, Q&A session, and debriefing that dissects, explores, and explains some of the ins and outs of improv” at The PIT, with tonight focusing on troupe House Team Stranger and coach Jeff Lepine: The Operation Theater

[FREE] 9:30 pm: “Want to see your favorite stand-up comics get slapped by Satan himself? He only hosts bringer shows, but join Matt Wayne and Doug Smith as they step into the Big Man’s shoes and put NYC’s finest through comedy purgatory. Hula-hoops, celebrity impressions, unwanted audience participation, all incorporated into each performance! Will they triumph or will the nether world eat their souls? Come see for yourself in this monthly showcase” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: See You in Hell

10:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show): It Is It

[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

[FREE] MIdnight: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Boris Khaykin: Tuesdays at Midnight

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