NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/29/12

January 29, 2012

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Laurie Stanton's Sound Diet 7: Watch Your Mouth

Comedy genius Ed Herbstman and top theatre actors at Melanie Hoopes' very special mix of comedy, theatre, and simulated live radio: Laurie Stanton's Sound Diet

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] 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

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Killer lineup of Bobby Moynihan (long-time cast member of Saturday Night Live and UCBT superstar), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingHarold and Kumar 2), Julie Klausner (razor-sharp comic & storyteller, and author of I Don’t Care About Your Band), and Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Second City) participating 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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): An extraordinary event that happens only once every few months at The Magnet, this show mixes the style of live radio with the depth of classic theatre and the energy of stage comedy to create something unique and unforgettable. It’s written and produced by Melanie Hoopes, and stars Melanie, her genius improvisor/actor husband Ed Herbstman, and top Broadway & off-Broadway actors. Tonight’s theme is Watch Your Mouth. Be sure to reserve tickets because this is likely to sell out: Laurie Stanton’s Sound Diet

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’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

8:00 pm ($7): NYC stand-ups Giulia Rozzi, Greg Johnson, Gabe Liedman, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Second City), Erin Lennox (co-host of Freshand The I Like You Too Show; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please clickhere), Kevin McCaffrey (TruTV’s The Smoking Gun), Kristine Levine (IFC’s Portlandia), and Rojo Perez performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

9:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; trutV, TLC, co-host ofDive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Seaton Smith, Dan Goodman, and more performing at UCB East hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) typically hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, upcoming one-hour Comedy Central special): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Matt Ruby, Kara Klenk, Reid Faylor, Dave Waite, and Kristine Levine performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Brad Austin, Nate Fridson, and/or Adam Sokol: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two wonderfully skilled improvisors team up for one night only at The Magnet—Ed Herbstman (co-owner of The Magnet, and winner of the 2011 Friar’s Club $10,000 prize for best improv team [with Jason Mantzoukas]) and David Razowsky (former artistic director of The Second City Los Angeles): Razowsky & Herbstman

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Yamaneika (TruTV, BET), Hadiyah Robinson (BET, The Monique Show), and Frank Liotti performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

10:30 pm ($5): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Charmingly silly & very funny performer Brandon Gulya can also be a charming & very funny writer. Hence this one-man show he’s hoping will make his career (and which I’ve missed due to deadlines but will finally catch in early February): Brandon Gulya Will Be Famous Soon

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