NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/20/11

December 20, 2011

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Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac performs at Seth Herzog's "Sweet"...

Stephen Merchant

...and the co-creator of BBC's The Office and Extras performs at Town Hall in "Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies"

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:

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($29-$49): Stephen Merchant—the Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning co-creator with Ricky Gervais of BBC’s The Office and Extras—performs a one-man stand-up show at Town Hall this Tuesday & Wednesday as part of an international tour: Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies

8:00 pm ($5): Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up; staff writer for David Letterman), Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC), and David Angelo performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring all the UCBT house troupes—in order of appearance, Dance Break, Deckard, Sandino, Grandma’s Ashes, Mr. Crime, Still Mike, Very Good Kiss, and Creature—for The Longest Harold Night of the Year

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5 at the door; this show is sold out, but there might be a stand-by line in case some paid audience members don’t show up): Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri (the hosts of Big Terrific) performing for this monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Aquarius and Mint Condition

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Sean Conroy (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, legendary improv troupe The Swarm), MC Mr Napkins, John Viener, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1):Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer sets onJimmy Fallon and JConan O’Brien, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), John F. O’Donnell (co-host of 50 First Jokes), and Alex Grubard performing stand-up for this new weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted by Josh Gondelman & George Gordon: The Afterlife

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingHarold and Kumar 2), Joe Pera, and MC Mr Napkins performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Some of the most inept movie scenes of New York City being ruined by Wall Street fatcats, with scenes from Wall Street, Boiler Room, Rent, and more, guided by surprise guest stand-ups at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge hosted by Robbie Collier:Hey We Live There!: Occupy Edition

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): 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), team up to create their special dark version of a comedy variety show at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are Bridey Elliot (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), and Craig Rowin (Comedy Central, ESPN, The OnionThe Law Firm, perpetrator of fabulous hoax Please Give Me One Million Dollars): The Tony and Johnny Show

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe Aquarius to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

[FREE] 11:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

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