NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/20/12

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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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm (2-drink min., plus $5 cover [vs. $10] if you reserve tickets via the box office at 212.367.9000 and mention the name of a stand-up who’ll be performing—such as Alex Curtis from Columbia or Andrew Tavin from NYU, who are the first two comics on the lineup): and TBS are sponsoring a national comedy contest to find the best college student stand-up from among 32 universities around the country. This show at the Gotham Comedy Club will feature 16 stand-ups—eight from New York University and eight from Columbia University. Each school is allowed only four stand-ups to move on and represent it in the finals, so these comics will be competing against their own classmates to win one of those four spots. This will be fun because these young stand-ups are about as fresh and energetic as it gets; and they’ll be judged for their comedic skills, stage presence, and originality, which means they’ll be doing their best to surprise and delight you. Plus I’ll be one of the judges, so you’ll be hearing my laugh—or ominous lack thereof—throughout the show. Come to the prestigious Gotham Comedy Club for a mere $5 cover, buy drinks, and enjoy the New York edition of Rooftop Comedy’s National College Stand-Up Competition: Columbia and NYU

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Freestyle rapping long-form improv troupe North Coast has been clobbering some of the best improv troupes in NYC at UCBT’s Cage Match. Tonight come see this troupe perform on its own for a full hour at The Magnet before it returns to crushing groups on Thursday: North Coast

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ben Lerman (nuanced raunchy comedic singer/songwriter; Logo TV’sNewNowNext, Sirius Radio’s Frank DeCaro Show), Colin Jost (Jimmy Fallon; writer for Saturday Night Live), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), and more performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), Annie Lederman (Comedy Central), and Chris Laker (co-host of podcast It Could Be Better; Sirius Radio’s The Virus) performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Razor-sharp stand-up and comic book nerd Mike Lawrence joins super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT downstairs lounge—sadly, for the last time at The PIT, but happily the show will be free again when it moves to Pianos next week: Comic Book Club

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Deckard, Creature, Still Mike, Grandma’s Ashes, and Sandino—and at 11:00 pm a range of UCBT students getting on stage with improv veterans at The Lottery—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Pat Bellatina “being selected as the keynote speaker at his former high school’s commencement. Will he be brave enough to admit that he knows nothing? This comedic musical memoir explores the illusion of success, the joys of lying, and growing up in the Bronx while pretending you didn’t” at The PIT upstairs theatre following a sold-out run at Ars Nova: No No No Yes

[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):Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (amazing human boombox; The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, co-host of The BEATdown), Bobby Tisdale (senior staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, beloved New York downtown comedy pioneer), Michael Kupperman (SNL’s TV Funhouse, author of Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010), and Ted Travelstead (co-author of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, James Beard, Tim Skinner, Tim Whitney, and Kenny Pickett, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5 at the door, $7.63 in advance online): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killersets on Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language), Patrick Borelli (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and previously for Conan O’Brien; Adult Swim, ESPN; author of book Holy Headshot!), Gabe Liedman (co-host of Big Terrific), and more performing for this monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of Mr. Coconuts Comedy 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: BEEES! & Aquarius

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): RG Daniels, George Gordon, Matt Wayne, Anthony P. DeVito, and Laura Prangley performing stand-up on tonight’s topic of Haunting for this weekly show atSidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted by Erin Judge: The Afterlife

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Matt Higgins (always energetic and surprising improv/sketch comic; member of acclaimed troupe Centralia), Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific), a “special guest,” co-host/DJ movie stars Justin Long and Michael Godere, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Comedy giant John Gemberling (genius improvisor & comedic character actor; Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Death by Roo Roo, The Tony and Johnny Show) and more 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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): At The PIT upstairs theatre, the worlds of “magic, mind-reading, and mutilation” are explored by Matthew Holtzclaw & Prakash Puru in this all-new show: Strange Things

9:30 pm ($5): Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Apprentice), Ryan Conner, Harris Stanton, and Justin Perez performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Allison Castillo (Comedy Central, VH1), Calvin Cato (Game Show Network, host ofThe Pregame Show), Emma Willmann, and Frank Liotti performing stand-up at this new monthly gay-themed show at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Tom Steffen: Rapier Wit

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): In an act of desperation to attract a larger audience, Tony & Johnny are devoting tonight to kindness. Says Tony, “It’s so great to take the stage each week and see an entire room filled with amazing like-minded geniuses. If you’re an amazing person, and you want to meet more amazing people, well, what better meeting place than the UCBeast on Tuesday nights? A crucible of kindness! You’re great!” So are this duo, who are 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, The Nights of Our Lives). Tonight at UCB East they welcome guests Matt Higgins (always energetic and surprising improv/sketch comic; member of acclaimed troupe Centralia), Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream, 9 Am Meeting), and Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, VH1). Please be kind and brilliant and join them at The Tony and Johnny Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.) Godfrey, Jay Oakerson, Ryan Hamilton, and more heavy-duty stand-ups performing at the Gotham Comedy Club with guest host Kyle Fincham: ComedyJuice

[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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