NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/24/12

January 24, 2012

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Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer performs at Sweet...


..and six comedic tales of "The Wilderness" are spun at Brooklyn's The Story Collider

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] 6:00 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 ($10): Six stories about The WIlderness from Robin Gelfenbein, Kerri Doherty, Hallie Haglund, David Gelles, Maija Miemisto, and Ari Daniel Shapiro performing at Brooklyn’sUnion Hall hosted by Erin Barker & Ben Lillie: The Story Collider

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The editors of The Onion—Joe Garden, Todd Hanson, and Baratunde Thurston—plus Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Bunk; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), and Kara Klenk (host of If You Build It) performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book industry pros Danny Fingeroth (The Stan Lee Universe) and Sam Ball (Joann Sfar Draws From Memory) 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): Front Page Films (hilarious shorts by Pete Holmes, Matt McCarthy and Oren Brimer), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), and musical guest Matthew Hemerlein performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang

[$] 8:00 pm ($20): Storyteller Martin Dockery (The Moth, The Liar Show; acclaimed as “fantastic” byThe New York Times) performing a one-man show about LSD—or, as Martin describes it, “a comic monologue about peddling chemical truths”—at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop): The Bike Trip

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Mr. Crime, Very Good Kiss, Creature, Grandma’s Ashes, and Deckard—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

8:00 pm ($5): This one-woman show at The PIT upstairs theatre “follows Leanne’s journey from Waukegan, Illinois to Vegas, baby! Doesn’t every woman want to move to Vegas, sell guns, and get married a few times? It would be completely made up if it weren’t totally true:” Lady Luck is a Whore

[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 ($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: Mint Condition & Rosencrantz

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Vanessa Bayer (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives, The Tony and Johnny Show), Eric Ledgin (staff writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon), and more performing atElla (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), John Roy, Ashley Brooke, Roberts Zach Sims, Emily Heller, and Kristine Levine performing stand-up on tonight’s topic of Hell for this new weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted by Josh Gondelman & George Gordon: The Afterlife

[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

[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 Adira Amram (fresh, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1), and Violet Krumbein (30 Rock, hilarious sketch comic): The Tony and Johnny Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.) Al Madrigal, Robert Kelly, Godfrey, and hosts Joe DeRosa & Jared Logan performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club: ComedyJuice

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