NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/3/11

November 3, 2011

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Key of Awesome

Mark Douglas, Todd Womack, and Anastasia Douglas, the creators of Web phenom Key of Awesome, are at 92Y Tribeca...


...Christy Karacas, the co-creator of Adult Swim's Superjail!, performs at Variety SHAC...

Lauren Conlin Adams

...and Lauren Conlin Adams tackles a dazzling array of characters in writer Leila Cohan-Miccio's comedic one-woman play Pig: A Restaurant

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:

6:30 pm ($5): The appealing Veronica Osorio makes her first attempt to fly solo by performing as five gals who win a chance to be The First Woman on the Moon; plus for the other half of this double-bill, a show hoping to join the UCB West schedule via the audition series 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 (The Nights of Our Lives) and tonight’s guest-host Eric Bernat (improv troupe Creep, FringeNYC): 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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): Mark Douglas, Todd Womack, and Anastasia Douglas, the creators of one of the Web’s most successful series ever (over 250 million visits on YouTube), perform some of their greatest hits live on stage at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Key of Awesome

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Improv genius Scott Adsit (30 Rock) and stand-up Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Second City) open at The PIT for a (mostly) one-woman show by Jet Eveleth, the artistic director of the Chicago Improv Festival, and who the Chicago Tribune has called “always terrific and subtle” (for video samples, please click here and here): Jet Eveleth’s Touched

[$] 7:00 pm ($15): In this triple-bill at The Magnet, singing improv troupes Wilder and Wilder, VEAL,and Vox Pop each make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Wilder and Wilder, VEAL, and Vox Pop

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): “If you were alive in the 70’s, you may have attended some ‘Key Parties’ where you were randomly paired with someone to go home with and engage in free spirited coitus. (Today we either stay at home alone or congregate at an improv theater.) Key Party combines the 70’s arrangement with modern anxiety, exploring the rich moments leading up to that act of coupling and the fallout that follows” at UCB East with stellar comics Laura Grey, Jordan Klepper, and guest improvisors: Key Party; plus in the second half of this double-bill, improv troupe Thank You, Robot

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A smart troupe consisting of writers for The Onion perform their best sketches: Pangea 3000: 12 Years of Hard Work; and in the other half of this UCB West double-bill, a sketch play about the opening of a trendy restaurant that serves nothing but raw pig, written with wit and bite by Leila Cohan-Miccio (Stone Cold Fox), directed with style by Caitlin Tegart (MTV, PBS, ESPN), and performed superbly by hot comedic actress Lauren Conlin Adams (and special thanks to Sarah Gainer for the photos above): Pig: A Restaurant

[$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) An Iranian-American stand-up (for a sample set, please clickhere) who’s a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour that featured top Middle Eastern-American comics, and an actor who’s performed on ABC’ s Better off Ted and Knights of Prosperity, FOX’ s Life on a Stick, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, NBC’s The West Wing and ER, and many other shows & feature films, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Maz Jobrani

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Helen Hong (host of Logo’s Setup Squad), David Wiswell (MTV’sYo Mama), Leah Bonnema, and Douglas Smith 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): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Greg Johnson (Sirius XM Radio host), Aaron Walker, and more performing at UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster): Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Ann Carr hosts the debut of the second season of her Web series The Actress, joined by comedic guests relating their own horrible experiences in the biz, along with music from Alana Amram, all at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Ann Carr’s The Actress: Season 2 Premiere

[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

9:00 pm-Midnight ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, The Boss, Phooka, and Junior Varsity performing improv, followed by improv competition Inspirado(like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component), tonight with musical improv troupes battling it out at 11:00 pm: The Magnet’s Night Out

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, TruTV; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), and Christy Karacas (co-creator of Superjail!) performing at UCB West with delightful hosts Shonali Bhowmik and new mom Andrea Rosen:Variety SHAC

9:30 pm ($8): “A 17-person middle school talent show created and performed by two people—Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron—who like themselves more now that they’re older. A comedic tribute to the best three years of our lives, and a comedic play for anyone who ever thought it couldn’t get any better than prank calls and slow-dancing” at The PITRidgefield Middle School Talent Nite

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Carol & Sean are getting married on 11/7, so I’m not sure there’s a show this week; but please click here for updated info on this normally weekly show at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted & produced by soon-to-be-newlyweds Sean Crespo & Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Sharp improvisors from UCBT, The Magnet, The PIT, and/or more try their hand at stand-up at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Improvisers Standing Up

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Round 1 of a beloved annual November tradition at UCB West—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Weekly open-mic stand-up show at UCB East, with each comic given five minutes, hosted by Rob Stern & Amber Nelson: Gutbucket

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