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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’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Saturday Night Live’s razor-sharp and incredibly likeable Bill Hader joins 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): Andy Blitz (comedy genius best known for being an Emmy-nominated and long-time writer/performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien; has also written for Comedy Central’s Important Things, MTV’s Human Giant, etc.; a thoroughly unique stand-up whose sets—ranging from talking peanut butter to jet-flying cats—tend to be unforgettable), Jon Daly (hilarious surreal character actor/improvisor; The Life & Times of Tim, Jon Daly’s Rafflecast, College Road Trip), Megan Ganz (writer for NBC’s Community), Ryan Clauson, Kate Hendricks, and “a secret musician” performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A beloved show that brings dead celebrities back to life has itself been resurrected at UCB East, with magical comedic chameleon Livia Scott (Conan O’Brien, Law & Order, Dirty Movie) hosting tonight as Mike Wallace (too soon?). Joining the party will be sharp sketch comic/improvisor Sue Galloway (30 Rock, Pose, The Law Firm), stand-up Seaton Smith, and musical guests Mike Milazzo & Bamboo Silva: Livia’s Castle of Enchantment
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
[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] 9:00 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer, Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), Jaqueline Novak, Roger Hailes, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) guest-hosted tonight by Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, three Comedy Central specials): Sweet
[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Steve O’Brien and produced by Sean Donnelly: Comedy at Alligator Lounge
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Superb NYC stand-ups Marina Franklin, Jay Oakerson, and more audition for one of the most prestigious gigs in comedy at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by comedy giant Sean Patton (who performed one of the most brilliant sets anyone’s ever seen last night at Whiplash…which Leo Allen then hilariously described as “Sean’s pitch for a Disney movie”): Jimmy Fallon Showcase
[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 tonight’s guests star storyteller Tom Shillue (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), Ted Travelstead (Vanity Fair; author of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk), and Ahna Tessler (sketch comic; writer for NBC, FOX, ABC; New Yorker cartoon deconstructionist): The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Terrific comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, a.k.a. Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, back from their second year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where they were proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a new sketch show about reality TV at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Underdeveloped and Overexposed Life and Death of Deena Domino
9:30 pm ($5): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream, 9 Am Meeting),Calvin Cato (host of The Pre-Game Show), and Ken Schultz performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy
[$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central),Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
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