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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:
7:00 pm ($5): In this double-bill of shows auditioning for a spot on the Magnet schedule, sketch troupe Moogle ” travels around the globe to Amsterdam, a first date, a wedding, the news room, and the 90s”in Eat Pray Moogle; and then another sketch team does a show with no description titled Ephemerama
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Emmy Blotnick (blogger for Jimmy Fallon), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon; co-host of Too Cool For School and If You Build It), and more performing stand-up at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of a great late actor: After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): An original episode of a classic sitcom written (by Luke Ward) as if it was happening during the height of the show’s popularity, with tonight’s subject Three’s Companyperformed at The PIT featuring wonderful comedic actresses Laura Grey (Horrorgasm, Klepper & Grey) as Janet and Lauren Olson (Our Condolences, Good Morning Ladies) as Chrissy: To Be Continued
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club
8:00 pm-11:00 pm ($5): Three full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Deckard, Creature, Grandma’s Ashes, Very Good Kiss, and Still Mike—followed at 11:00 by advanced improv students (plus Pat Baer) making up The Lost Stories of Philip K. DIck: Harold Night
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups—Mark Normand, Pat Dixon, Nate Bargatze, Louis Katz, Ryan Hamilton, Joe List, and more—auditioning at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre for spots at the 2012 SXSW Festival: South by Southwest Comedy Showcase
[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5 at the door, $7.63 in advance online): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent forThe Daily Show), Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Pointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), and Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here) performing for this monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of Videogum.com): Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s This American Life, MTV, VH1), Annie Lederman (Comedy Central), Romany Malco (Showtime’s Weeds; The 40 Year Old Virgin), and Stephan Pop (Dutch comic visiting all from Amsterdam) performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’sDown and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm (usually 9:00 pm, but not tonight due to venue scheduling and/or bawdiness; $5): TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn (Comedy Central, HBO, you name it), Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Fallon, NPR’s This American Life, MTV, VH1), Franny Fluffer (NYC burlesque star), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups—Jared Logan, Jeffrey Joseph, Roger Hailes, Andy Haynes, Nick Turner, and more—auditioning at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre for spots at the 2012 SXSW Festival, hosted by Tom Shillue: South by Southwest Comedy Showcase
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Comedy star Horatio Sanz (improv genius; SNL, 30 Rock, ABC, Comedy Central), Will Hines (ace improv troupe The Stepfathers, host of Wheelhouse, treasured UCBT comedy instructor & director), and Noah Garfinkel (co-host of Totally J/K) performing at UCB Eastfor a show hosted by two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) who are teaming up to create their own special version of a comedy variety show: The Tony and Johnny Show
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