NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/22/11

September 22, 2011

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Chris Gethard

It's a night for storytellers, with Chris Gethard performing at "Totally J/K"...

Leslie Goshko

...and Leslie Goshko (above), Adam Wade, John Flynn, and Jim O'Grady relating their "Tales of the Cosmos"

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:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): The audition of three comedic one-act plays, which include Pig: A Restaurant, a one-woman show performed by Lauren Conlin Adams, written by Leila Cohan-Miccio, and directed by Caitlin Tegart about “the opening party for East Gowanus’ hottest new restaurant. Join luminaries like sex-obsessed food critic The Ravenous Foodie, the editor of email blast Experience Junkie, and model/actress/hostess Aurora as they usher Brooklyn’s porkiest new eatery restaurant into the spotlight,” all at UCB West’s showcase Spank

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at 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): “Stories of all sizes that define our place in the universe,” hosted by Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), and featuring superb storytellers Leslie Goshko, John Flynn, and Jim O’Grady performing at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Tales of the Cosmos

[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

8:00 pm ($5): Jew-themed improv at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Mordechai Cohen’s Old Testament Improvisors present The Rosh Hashana Show

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Liz Miele (Comedy Central), Dan Soder (Comedy Central), Jeff Wesselschmidt, Cody Hess, and Stephanie Holmes performing at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City accompanied by banjo music from Doug Goldstein and hosted by Andy Kleinman: Happy Sounds Comedy

[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): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and 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), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), and Lisa deLarios (Comedy Central, co-host of The Party Machine) performing UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on the UCB West stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Pete Lee, Paul Mecurio, and Alice Wetterlund performing 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 ($10): Musicians help inspire Improvisors to create scenes in Beauty Love Truth

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Stellar improv troupe Rogue Elephant competing with challenger Code Red for audience laughs and votes at UCB West (307 West 26th Street) for the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupes Ransom Family and Phooka 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 UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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