NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/25/11

September 25, 2011

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Patton Oswalt

Stand-up legend Patton Oswalt is slated to drop in at the Gotham Comedy Club...

8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival

...and the 8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival kicks off with sketch at The PIT

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (for details, please click here) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[$] 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm ($20): The 8th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival kicks off tonight with sketch, both live and via film clips, from Arab-American actors who’ve appeared on HBO, NBC, MTV, and CNN, and in such films as The Visitor, House of Saddam, You Don’t Mess with Zohan, The Interpreter, and Sex in the City 2, “bringing the comedy revolution from the Middle East to The PIT; it’s actually more funny than sketchy:” Sketchy Arabs

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Dan McCoy (The Daily Show), and Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): Sketch duo Two Fun Men, and Ray Munoz telling true stories about growing up in NYC, in a double-bill at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Two Fun Men and Off the Cuff

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, co-host of podcast You Had to Be There), Nore Davis, and Kate Berlant performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($7): Typically stellar stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for comedy giant Eugene Mirman’s Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sketch troupes The Weirs, Jamaal Sedayao, Paul Barker, Russ Armstrong, and/or Good Morning Ladies performing new material at The Magnet: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show typically hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): Comedy legend Patton Oswalt, and NYC fave Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy showWhiplash), are opening tonight for a show headlined by Eddie Pepitone (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) at the Gotham Comedy Club: Patton Oswalt, Leo Allen, and Eddie Pepitone

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Music from the unforgettable dark comedy group The Cowmen and more at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Murderfist’s Holden McNeely & Ed Larson: Stage Fright

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Trevor Williams, and Michael Che performing stand-up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors team up with poets at The Magnet’s Kiss*Punch*Poem

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Maureen Langan (Jay Leno, Joy Behar), Emily Epstein, and Adam Lehman performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupes not associated with a particular comedy theatre: Indie Improv Showcase

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