NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/15/12

May 15, 2012

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Chris Gethard and Justin Long

Chris Gethard explains “How I Learned to be a Grownup;” Justin Long is at “Sweet”…

Tom Papa and Kristen Schaal

…Tom Papa performs at “Comedy Juice;” and Kristen Schaal performs at “Tell Your 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] 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

7:00 pm ($5): Bob Kulhan (Second City) and Micah Sherman are at The PIT downstairs lounge “trying out sketches, songs, riffs, and flights of fancy in a fun, loose show:” Bob & Micah’s Sketch Comedy Show

7:00 pm ($5): Chano Garcia performs a one-man show at The Magnet about how “Everybody fails. Sometimes you learn from it, and sometimes you don’t, but it’s always fun to watch… at least for everybody else. A Schaudenfreudic tour of memorable failures, secrets, and a big finish:” Fail: A Collection of Stories

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Jon Benjamin (FX’s Archer, Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, FOX, Adult Swim, MTV’s Human Giant) and Charles Soule (Image’s 27) 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 ($15 at the door or $18.88 online): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, 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 Rock; Comedy 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), 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), musical group Hand Job Academy, and more performing at Brooklyn’s The Bell House hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door or $10.70 online): Comedy genius Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and Manhattan Cable Access’ The Chris Gethard Show; The Stepfathers, author of new bestseller A Bad Idea I’m About to Do and Weird New York), Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Doug Moe (Bad Dad), Jillian Lauren (Some Girls), and Andy Ross performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley: How I Learned to be a Grownup—Allegedly

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A musical show at UCB East describing itself as “Female-fronted folky-pop band. Hyper-articulate, nerdy, post-modern sort of musical comedy. Folk singalongs and catchy pop jams are merely the metaphorical table holding up the buffet of wordplay, sarcastic wit, and rapid-fire pop culture references:” Summer & Eve: Folky-Pop Musical Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb improv troupe Doppelganger, ace storyteller Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV, co-host of sexy & funny Stripped Stories), character actress Ann Carr (Louie, The Actress), and stand-up Leah Bonnema (Sirius XM Radio) performing at The PIT upstairs theatre with host Darcy Burke: The GLOCdown

[FREE; plus, while supplies last, free Eric Vreeland bobblehead] 8:00 pm: Baron Vaughn (Jimmy Fallon; co-star of USA’s Fairly Legal and Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show, MTV, VH1), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, FOX), Nick Cobb, and Dave Smith performing stand-up at 116 (116 MacDougal Street, between 3rd & Bleecker Streets), hosted by Amin Makhani & Eric Vreeland: Bacon & Sex

8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Five full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Johnny Romance, Creature, The Pox, Bucky, GoodGirl, and Sandino—and at 11:00 pm advanced students repeatedly rearrange elements of scenes to create improv anagrams—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm ($8): New PIT house sketch troupe Team Barbara, featuring eight performers including Brigid Boyle and headed by writer Jen Curran, performs at the downstairs lounge: Team Barbara

[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; or you can watch remotely on the Web via live stream): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Bunk; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Avery Monsen (author of All My Friends Are Dead), Bridgid Ryan (host of Don’t You Find Us Charming?, improv troupe Chester), and superb musical group The Defibulators (The Rejection Show) 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, Bryan Condon, and Kenny Pickett, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon 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: Aquarius and Mint Condition

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): NYC stand-ups Ray Devito, Chris Laker, George Gordon, Gabe Pacheco, and Kris Tinkle performing on tonight’s topic of Possessions for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted by Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Justin Long (NBC’s Ed, Galaxy Quest, Going the Distance, Live Free or Die Hard, the Mac in Apple Computer commercials, co-star of Broadway’s Seminar), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy 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), Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

[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 Sheng Wang, Adam Conover, and Tim Martin: The Tony and Johnny Show

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Neil Thornton, Nora Nolan, and Paul Hooper 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 ($15 & 2-drink min.): Tom Papa (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno; host of The Marriage Ref), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer sets on Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, Louie, HBO, Showtime, MTV), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

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