NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/29/11

September 29, 2011

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Aasif Mandvi and Beowulf Jones

It's a night crammed with top storytellers, including Aasif Mandvi at Tom Shillue's FunnyStory.biz, Beowulf Jones debuting his one-man show Disconnected...

Leslie Goshko and Christian Finnegan

...Leslie Goshko hosting her monthly extravaganza Sideshow Goshko, and Christian Finnegan at Risk!

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:

6:00 pm ($5): The auditions of three comedic one-act plays hoping to get on the UCBT schedule, and about which I know nothing except the final one is titled Red Vag of Courage. For five bucks ($1.66 per show), how can you resist this UCB West 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 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] 7:00 pm ($5): Beowulf Jones is best known in the comedy community as a beloved sound tech guy at The PIT; but he’s also a superb storyteller who stole the show at a Risk!appearance earlier this year. Tonight Jones performs an extended version of that winning monologue about his feelings of emotional distance , which is likely to be fascinating and memorable: Beowulf Jones: Disconnected

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Leslie Goshko (delightful storyteller/stand-up; Sirius XM, Manhattan Monologue champion) hosts this monthly storytelling show at the KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, off Second Avenue), with tonight’s stellar guests Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC), Cammi Climaco (Ask Me Stories), and Nisse Greenberg (Drawn Out Storytelling), plus accordion playing by Dr. Michelle-Leona Godin: Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s thoroughly wonderful guests Andrea Alton (coming off her triumphant FringeNYC 2011 show The F*cking World According To Molly; for my review, please click here), Mike Dobbins (unique stream of consciousness comic), Mindy Raf (brilliant singer/songwriter and character actress), and John Flynn (superb storyteller; core member of acclaimed The Nights of Our Lives; host of Hey, You Guys at UCB East) all performing at The PIT basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) hosts this new monthly show at UCB East, with tonight’s guests Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Anton Shuford (Philly stand-up), and more: Tom Shillue’s FunnyStory.biz

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Tom Kelly (warm-up Comic for The View and The Newlywed Game), Matt Koff (The Onion), Subhah Agarwal, and Carolina Hidalgo 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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Emily Heller (staff writer at Rooftop Comedy), Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific), and “a special guest” performing UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[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): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on the UCB West stage—along with stand-ups Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1, host of Sweet), and Adam Conover, plus hilarious video clips from the Found Footage Festival—at CollegeHumor Live

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Ben Walker (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Nate Bargatze (Comedy Central Presents), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon, host of Monsters, co-host of If You Build It and Too Cool for School), and Jim Tews performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Christian Finnegan, Ophira Eisenberg, Corey Pandolph, and Dana Rossi—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) at The PIT to share tales on tonight’s theme Innocence at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

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 Weekend of Regret for audience laughs and votes at UCB West (307 West 26th Street) for the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupes Swartzlander and Phooka competing 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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If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.