NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 12/27/11

December 27, 2011

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James Adomian and Wyatt Cenac

James Adomian does his thing at "Tell Your Friends;" Wyatt Cenac tells tales for improvisors to act out at "TrapDoor"

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] 7:00 pm ($5): Based on her years inside the velvet trenches of Wall Street, Michelle Wolf (co-host of Fresh) introduces you to the characters who deserve every penny of their 20 billion dollars in cash bonuses (actual 2010 figure, via CNNMoney) via this one-woman show at The PIT downstairs lounge: Wall Street Meat

7:00 pm ($5): Two shows trying out for a spot on The Magnet schedule: Anna Suzuki’s one-woman event The Worst Play Ever Written, and a sketch troupe on Missed Connections: An Exploration into the Online Postings of Desperate Romantics

[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

[$] 7:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  A comic best known for his appearances on Comedy Central celebrity roasts, but who’s also performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay LenoThe Today Show, The View, HBO, CNN, MSNBC—and even ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!—headlining through Friday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jeffrey Ross

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) is the monologist for a troupe of improvisors who’ll make us scenes based on the tales he tells at The PIT upstairs theatre: TrapDoor

8:00 pm ($5): James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingHarold and Kumar 2), Aidan BIshop (visiting from Dublin), Sandy Marks (CBS’ King of Queens, director of documentary Manhattan Comedy Nights), and more performing at the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Streeter Seidell (College Humor, Jimmy Kimmel, MTV), Craig Rowin (Comedy Central,ESPN, The OnionThe Law Firm, perpetrator of fabulous hoax Please Give Me One Million Dollars), Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream, 9 Am Meeting), and Jen Statsky (writer for Jimmy Fallon, The Onion, McSweeney’s) 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 UCBT house troupes Dance Break, Still Mike, Sandino, Grandma’s Ashes, and Mr. Crime—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students perform a show “where scenes never end, but instead flow out of old locations and into new ones“—all at Harold Night

[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

[$] 8:30 pm ($21.78, plus 2-drink min. or $20 unlimited nonalcoholic drinks): Marina Franklin (developing into one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with an uncommonly gentle, graceful style that’s pure joy; Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, VH1, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), Vic Henley, Jim David, and more performing stand-up at the Comic Strip Live Comedy Club (1568 2nd Avenue off 81st Street): Comic Strip Live

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: Rosencrantz and BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Amy Schumer (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Fallon), Neal Brennan (HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator ofChappelle’s Show), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) 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): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): A one-person show about getting fired and getting dumped at The PIT upstairs theatre: Oops! I Blew It Again

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up and sketch at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, typically hosted by sketch troupes Savage Animal and/or Jerk Practice: Savage Animal

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up at UCB East hosted by Boris Khaykin, John Trowbridge, and/or Katie East: Tuesday Night Open Mic

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe BEEES! 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

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