NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/13/11

November 13, 2011

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Sara Schaefer

Sara Schaefer...

Jenny Slate

...and Jenny Slate are among the comics performing at SXSW Stand-Up Showcase

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] Among the stellar events on this final day of the New York Comedy Festival are a panel discussion with the writers of Saturday Night Live (at the Paley Center) and a leisurely chat with Ricky Gervais (at the 92nd Street Y). For the complete massive schedule, please click: New York Comedy Festival

[FREE] 2:00 pm: The students of David Fino’s latest improvisational puppetry graduating class show off their skills at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Puppetry for Improv

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 3:00 pm ($35 using discount code FTBBOX online or at the box office): One of my favorite FringeNYC shows (for my 2006 review, please click here) is finally enjoying a commercial run. The mostly-true tale of a man who became the toast of Paris by making music with his ass is playing at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street): The Fartiste

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 5:30 pm: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game showPointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere, The Curfew), and Dan Chamberlain (sketch troupe Fambly) 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 hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’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): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing,Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphyiscal GraffitiHigh Times), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), and “a special guest” performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hallhosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Bored to Death and Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing), Damien Lemon (Carolines, Radio City Music Hall), John F. O’Donnell, hilarious dark comedy singers The Cowmen, and more performing at the Third Anniversary of RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): A troupe that performs a sketch show with an improv segment at the end directed byMagnet co-owner Armando Diaz: Dumbrowsky

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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Stellar NYC comics—Chris Gethard, Jenny Slate & Gabe Liedman, Sara Schaefer, Streeter Seidell, Nikki Glaser, and more—performing at UCB East with host Aaron Glaser: SXSW Stand-Up Showcase

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($6.17 in advance online, $5 at the door): “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor”—not to mention a monthly podcast—with tonight’s guests Jared Logan, Big Jay Oakerson, and Chemda at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), NYPD Detective Reynolds, Chris Laker, and Marcus Parks: The New York City Crime Report

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two productions audition for a spot on The Magnet’s schedule. First, a one-man show about “being part of a different world that has its own language and alphabet and style of beard…There are things I really need to show you, just so you know what’s going on, or where I’m coming from, or where Armenia actually is:” Openly Armenian; and then sketch troupe Reply All performs a show about “self-discovery, loneliness, the social pressures of growing up in this modern age, and sexually ambiguous talking cats that rape people:” The Day Terrors

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Helen Hong (Comedy Central, TLC), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), and Jessie Geller performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy guest-hosted tonight by the show’s founder Adam Sank: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-up Adam Newman (College Humor), Emmy Blotnick (Jimmy Fallon), Matt Koff (The Onion), Michelle Wolf (co-host of Fresh), and more performing at UCB East with host Andy Rocco at Underground Americana

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