NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/31/12

January 31, 2012

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Spin Magazine

Christopher Weingarten, Senior Editor of "Spin" magazine, is at Tell Your Friends...

Archie Meets KISS

...Alex Segura, writer of "Archie Meets KISS," joins the super-hosts of Comic Book Club...

Very cute puppies

...and top improvisors, including Fran Gillespie, Amey Goerlich, Silvija Ozols, and Sasheer Zamata, raise funds for a good cause at Pups at The PIT

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’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Robert Dean: The Dean’s List

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improvisors in NYC—Fran Gillespie (The Law Firm), Amey Goerlich (Krompf), Silvija Ozols (The Stepfathers), Sasheer Zamata (Doppelganger), Dan Hodapp (The Scene), Oscar Montoya (Local 154, Aquarius), and Chris Roberti (Stranger) —get together for one night only to perform a fundraiser for dog rescue and adoption at The PIT upstairs theatre: Pups at the PIT

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC treasure Kurt Braunohler is the producer and host of this comedic “anti-game-show” game show that will soon be a TV series on IFC. It  involves three comedic contestants being asked ridiculous questions so they can provide even more ridiculous answers. The winner, judged by Kurt, is then awarded points—which are meaningless, because no one ultimately wins and there are no prizes. Being taped tonight at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street), it’s Bunk

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A music-centric edition, with Christopher Weingarten (Senior Editor atSpin magazine, former drummer for Parts & Labor) and a “surprise rock ‘n roll guest,” plus stand-ups Shane Mauss (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), Chris DeLuca (creator of Spike TV’s sitcom MoCap LLC), and Laura Prangley performing at Lolita Bar produced by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book industry pros Alex Segura (Archie Meets KISS) and Eric Grundhauser (Dungeon Masters) 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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “Okay—this is a big deal…but I can’t tell you who is on it. It’s a secret. The lineup is so talented that we cannot reveal their identities lest we be mobbed and pestered before the event. Treat yourself, you deserve to see comedy history.” Your guess is as good as mine regarding this mysterious show at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by who knows who: Secret Stand-Up Showcase

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dance Break, Mr. Crime, Still Mike, Sandino, and Very Good Kiss—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): NYC stand-ups Billy Wayne Davis, Matt Koff, Arthur Meyer, Andrew Short, and Reid Faylor performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang

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): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up; staff writer for David Letterman), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’sThe Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), NIck Stevens (VH1, AMC, ESPN), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): A special “let’s practice our sets for the Montreal Comedy Festival” show, with stand-ups Mark Normand (hilarious; Last Comic Standing; co-host ofHot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Phoebe Robinson, Emily Heller, Annie Lederman, Jamie Lee, George Gordon, Jeff Wesselschmidt, Ryan Conner, Dan goodman, and Nate Fridson performing for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) tonight hosted by Erin Judge: The Afterlife: Journey to Canada

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing 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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Dave Stone (Adult Swim’s Squidbillies), Andy Sanford (TBS), Joe Zimmerman (Rooftop Comedy), and TJ Young “deliver an original brand of humor that’s deeply rooted in stand-up and lightly blended with avant-garde elements of music, sketch and improv,” plus tonight’s guest stand-up Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), all performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: The Beards of Comedy

[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 Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingDavid Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CDVegan Mind Meld), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer forJimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), and Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here): The Tony and Johnny Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan, Godfrey, and more, plus host 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 Rosencrantz 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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