NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/17/12

January 17, 2012

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Anthony Atamanuik and John Gemberling in The Tony and Johnny Show

Improv comedy geniuses Anthony Atamanuik & John Gemberling stage their wedding, with audience interaction a la Tony & Tina's Wedding, at this very special edition of The Tony & Johnny Show

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] 6:30 pm ($5): Such superb comics as Neil Casey, Leslie Meisel, Laura Grey, and Sasheer Zamata test character bits at UCB East at this delightful change of pace show that helps performers prep for upcoming sketches and solo shows, or simply give a fresh idea a try: UCBT Character Showcase

7:00 pm ($5): Sketch troupe Shelby Company performs oddball bits for this Magnet audition show that promises two-timing monsters and presidential ninjasEphemerama

[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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($25 at the box office or $28 online): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected writer/performers alive. This is a rare opportunity to spend an intimate 90 minutes with a true genius of both stand-up and storytelling. This show is the latter—a carefully constructed, detail-packed theatrical tale of two people and the small, quiet moments that make up their lives. Daniel says it’s “about everything and nothing,” and that’s precisely right. After you see it, you may find it hard to not consider all the small moments lived by any person you pass by…and what the moments of your own life add up to. This one-man show played to packed houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is now running every day except Mondays through January 29th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street). Read the review from The New York Times, and the grab tickets for It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics & TV writer Greg Pak (World War HulkDr. Strange, Dead Man’s Run) 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 ($5): Stand-ups Katina Corrao, Sheng Wang, Dan Black, and “a special guest,” plus musical guest Tanner Walle, 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 Still Mike, Creature, Very Good Kiss, Grandma’s Ashes, and Sandino—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students perform scenes in which a very small occurrence can produce unpredictable and sometimes explosive results—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Del Harrison, Adam Chisnall, Kate Wolff, Chris DiStefano, and Kristine Levine performing at the One and One Bar (1st Street & First Avenue) for this free weekly stand-up show hosted by Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV, Tyra Banks) & Sergio Chicon: Comedy Punch

[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 or $7.63 online): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star ofThe King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper), Mike Albo, John Roberts, and more performing for this monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing), Jeff Simmermon (NPR’s This American Life, The Moth), and Jacob D’Eustachio (Circus Zoppe, Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, Bryan Condon, James Beard, Tim Skinner, and Timothy Whitney, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon 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 BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Eliza Skinner (Conan O’Brien, Showtime, MTV, TBS, AMC, co-host of weekly stand-up show Magic Bag with DC Pierson in LA), Darrin Rose (stand-up visiting from Canada), “a very special guest,” and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, host of TV pilot of The Liar Show), Kara Klenk (host of If You Build It), Vince Averill, and Andy Sanford performing stand-up for this new weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted by Josh Gondelman & George Gordon: The Afterlife

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Dan Allen (Comedy Central; host of hit show Sacapuntas; claims to be writing Kevin Bacon’s biography in the sixth person), Francoise Gordon, Tyler Gildin, and Charlie Kasau performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by twins Adam & Todd Stone, who for this weekly show leave behind their trademark suits: Jackets Off

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT downstairs lounge typically hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A very special audience interactive edition spinning off the long-running off-Broadway improv hit Tony & Tina’s Wedding, from 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), performing at UCB East with tonight’s singing guest MC Chris. Tony & Johnny add, “We worked a long time on this, so please come to the fucking wedding!:” The Tony and Johnny Show: Tony & Johnny’s Wedding

[FREE] 10:00 pm: “Want to see your favorite stand-up comics get slapped by Satan himself? He only hosts bringer shows, but join Matt Wayne and Doug Smith as they step into the Big Man’s shoes and put NYC’s finest through comedy purgatory. Hula-hoops, celebrity impressions, unwanted audience participation, all incorporated into each performance! Will they triumph or will the nether world eat their souls? Come see for yourself in this monthly showcase” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: See You in Hell

[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

[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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