NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/6/12

May 6, 2012

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Kristen Schaal

One of comedy’s greatest treasures, Kristen Schaal, performs tonight at “Pretty Good Friends”

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

[FREE] 6:00 pm: “Short-form improv that will leave you dizzy” from troupe IRTE at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: vIRTEgo

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and NBC’s 30 RockComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Nate Bargatze (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), Matt Graham, and Ryan Knighton performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jimmy Fallon writer Casey Jost performs sketch, and also hosts superb stand-ups Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Bobby Tisdale (NYC indie comedy pioneer; writer for Jimmy Fallon), and Normal Bob Smith, all performing at The PIT upstairs theatre: Fooling Around with Casey Jost

[FREE] 8:00 pm: 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), Phil Hanley, Joe Zimmerman, Jake Young, and Rae Sanni performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cupslounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): “Matt B. Weir and Matt J. Weir have a large, extended family… on their goofy side! Come see We’re Matt Weir and some of their favorite minds at The Magnet do cooperative battle in the terrordome that is Del Close-approved long-form improv:” We’re Matt Weir and Family

8:00 pm ($5): Short-form improv at The PIT downstairs lounge: The Sunday ShortForm Show

9:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Hari Kondabolu, George Gordon, Shane Mauss, and Rojo Perez performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) with guest host Joyelle Johnson: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host ofComedyJuice), Tim Dimond, Nate Fernald, and Jared Freid 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 Beauty Bar

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Alan Fessenden directs an improvised play that takes place entirely in one location with no edits of any kind at The Magnet, featuring such talents as Magnet Artistic Director Megan Gray: The Monoscene

9:30 pm ($8): Duo improv from The Brothers Hines (Will Hines & Kevin Hines), Ashley Ward & Kevin Cragg, and more at The PIT upstairs theatre: Wily Vets

[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: LA-based stand-ups Naomi Ekperigin (30 Rock), Scott Backman (Tosh.0), and Jami Smith (The Advocate) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy (348 West 52nd Street) hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may includeyouImprov Nerds Jam

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