NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/10/12

April 10, 2012

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David Wain

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Al Madrigal

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Todd Barry

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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] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

7:00 pm ($5): Two sketch shows auditioning for a regular spot at The Magnet: a one-woman show about “coming into her own as a broke and unemployed hot mess living in Queens through Facebook stalking, online dating, and adventures in Brooklyn” in Molly Marjorie Rosenblatt Needs A Man (And Other Stuff); and “three men and two women who all do each other.. and sketch comedy” in Idle Idols

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Al Madrigal (newest correspondent for The Daily Show) and Axel Alonso (relatively new Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics, having replaced Joe Quesada in June 2011) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Pianos (158 Ludlow Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Movie & TV star Janeane Garofalo, Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, FOX), Calise Hawkins (Comedy Central), and RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, upcoming one-hour Comedy Central special), Kris Tinkle (visiting from San Francisco; upcoming album Almost Awesome), musical guest Scott Gibson, and more performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Hallie Haglund (Web writer for The Daily Show), and Savoir Adore (Cantora Records) are interviewed about “their earliest creative experiences and the nuances of having a creative career” for a weekly podcast that once a month goes live on the UCB East stage with hosts Andy Beckerman & Mark Bisi: Beginnings

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Pox, Creature, GoodGirl, Sandino, and Johnny Romance—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students make up two complete documentary films—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

8:00 pm ($5): A one-woman show from Darcy Burke about Kenny Rogers and Jean Claude Van Damme at The PIT downstairs Lounge: Rocky Mountain Van Damage

[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 and Aquarius

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): David Wain (member of seminal MTV sketch show The State and comedy group Stella; writer/director whose work includes feature films Wanderlust, Role Models, Little Big Men, The Ten, Wet Hot American Summer), Ron Lynch (visiting from LA; The Five Year Engagement, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, The Sarah Silverman Program, Bob’s Burgers), Bill Dawes (visiting from LA; recently starred on Broadway in Lombardi; was long-time cast member ofAll My Children; Sex and the City, Oz, Law & Order), and Patrick Borelli (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and previously for Conan O’Brien; Adult Swim, ESPN; author of book Holy Headshot!) performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Janine Brito (top stand-up visiting from San Francisco), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Amber Nelson (sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host ofLate Night Stand and Mustache Party), and George Gordon performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), and Larry Bailey performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[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 ($15 & 2-drink min.): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Paul Mercurio (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Jay Leno, MSNBC, CNN, VH1), Matt Fulchiron (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing), and Streeter Seidell (VH1, College Humor, The New York TimesGotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, 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) at UCB East with guests (not yet announced but whatever, it’ll be good): The Tony and Johnny Show

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members can join in with musical improv troupe Aquarius 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] 11:00 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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