NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/20/11

November 20, 2011

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The Muppets

Cherished TV & movie clips starring Jim Henson's very special creations are screened at The Muppet Vault...

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

...and Jenny Slate & Dean Fleischer-Camp, the creators of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, are at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

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:

[TOP PICK] 2:00 pm ($8): To prep you for the release of the first new Muppets feature film in over a decade, hard-core Muppet fans have put together a “Best Of” show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall described as follows: “The event will kick off with a screening of the rare TV special The Muppets Go Hollywood, originally aired to mark the occasion of the Muppets’ very first movie back in 1979. Dick Van Dyke and Rita Moreno host, the Swedish Chef sings, and a good time is had by all. The fun continues with a selection of classic clips hand-picked by Muppet fans, plus a few new video treats from the Muppets’ recent media blitz that you may have missed the first time around! There will also be Muppet-themed drink specials, audience participation, cool giveaways, sing-along fun, and more:” The Muppet Vault: A Very Muppet Comeback

[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—executed by a Broadway-caliber cast, and with several memorable show-stoppers—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: Improv duo The Bedtime Brothers begin by making up scenes based on an audience member’s horrible dating or break-up experience, and end with scenes springboarding off an audience-supplied movie quote; and in between invited stand-ups and sketch comics perform. It all happens at at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Love Sucks! Movies Rock!

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TVChelsea Lately, host of The Party Machine; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives), and Tony Camin (The Marijuana-Logues) 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

[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

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): 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), 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 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) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.) A TV star who was a cast member of MTV’s Punk’d and is now a cast member of FX’s The League headlining one more night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Stephen Rannazzisi

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo), Mara Herron (Web series That Chick Mara Herron), Michael Che (host ofMichael Che’s Community Service), Simeon Goodson, and Yannis Pappas performing at the One and One Bar (1st Street & First Avenue) for this brand new weekly stand-up show hosted by Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV, Tyra Banks) & Sergio Chicon: Comedy Punch

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Cameron Esposito, Tim Dimond, Missy Baker, and more performing at 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): Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), plus NYC stand-ups Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Bored to Death and Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Damien Lemon (Russell Simmons Presents), and Michele Billoon (Chelsea Lately) performing at UCB East hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically fun mix of stellar and rising NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, upcoming one-hour Comedy Central special)—who tonight celebrates the Two Year Anniversary of his great show: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Anthony Devito, Joel Walkowski, and Simmons McDavid performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show with brand new hosts Brad Austin, Nate Fridson, and Adam Sokol (taking over from the 7-year reign of Vince Averill & Jesse Popp): Beauty Bar Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Scott Rogowsky (writer for The Onion, co-host of 12 Angry Mascots) returns to The PIT to host “a unique talk show experience that needs to be experienced to be experienced. There will be plenty of bits, skits, chits and chats, and maybe that pretty girl you saw on the 6 train last night will be in the audience! It’s a big city, but you run into people,” with tonight’s thoroughly stellar guests Jenny Slate (SNL, HBO’s Bored to Death, Marcel the Shell), Dean Fleischer-Camp (creator with Jenny of YouTube smash hit Marcel the Shell with Shoes On), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’sFunny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), and Joe Randazzo (Editor in Chief of The Onion), plus musical guest The Musical Guests: Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

9:30 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PITupstairs theatre: In These Woods

9:30 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of the Magnet community: Flick Video Showcase

[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: NYC stand-ups Erin Foley (Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, VH1, Logo), Rose Surnow, and Erika Wasser performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

11:00 pm ($5): The screening of two short films at UCB East (which was previously a movie theater) crammed with UCBT performers: The Rest of Caesar (starring Neil Casey, Andrew Secunda, Rob Lathan, Morgan Evans, Susan Casey, James Dwyer, Matt Starr, and Dyna Moe) and Upload(starring Morgan Evans, Abbi Jacobson, Ryan Williams, Halle Keifer, Freddi Scheib, Joe Spit, and Tim Mahoney): Two Short Film Screenings with Morgan Evans

[TOP PICK] MIdnight ($5): An unusual Sunday at midnight event at UCB Chelsea (which is sold out, but you might be able to get in if you don’t mind standing): “Pro wrestling’s hardcore legend Mick Foley returns to the UCB theatre in the first-ever post-wrestling Pay Per View comedy show! Following the WWE Survivor Series event, members of the WWE Universe, as well as fans of Mick’s comedy, can take a short walk to the UCB theatre to catch Foley’s trademark blend of wildness and warmth, wit and wisdom that turned two of his hand-written memoirs into New York Times #1 best-sellers. Foley will be fresh off his tour of the United Kingdom (many of the dates sold out months in advance) and will be raring to go in ‘the shadow of Madison Square Garden.’ Whether telling a side-splitting or cringe-inducing tale from his own life, or offering up his unique ‘what if’ scenarios gleaned from 25 years of world travel, Mick Foley will do his very best to make sure you ‘have a nice day!'”: Mick Foley Live at UCBT

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