NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/27/12

May 27, 2012

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Wonderful comedic musicians Supercute! (above) and Pendulum Swings perform at the Vintage Vantage Variety Show…

Amber Nelson

…and lovely stand-ups Amber Nelson (above) and Liz Miele celebrate RG Daniel’s birthday at Sunday Night Stand-Up

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: “Are ready for something sweet and something spicy? Long form improv that will satisfy your hunger” hosted by sharp UCBT comic Andy Rocco at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Candy Taco Improv Hour

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’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 downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up and comedic actor who’s hosted NBC’s Last Comic Standing and MTV Jams, and performed on HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA, TBS, and feature films, headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bill Bellamy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): A (mostly) musical comedy evening with gal band Supercute!, superb jazz band Pendulum Swings, stand-up Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), and more performing at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue) hosted by Kyle Supley and tonight’s guest host Angela Di Carlo: Vintage Vantage Variety Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Celebrating host RG Daniel’s Memorial Day birthday are James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Liz Miele (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Amber Nelson (sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host of Late Night Stand and Mustache Party), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), David Foster (HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy), and Tony Zaret (NBC’s Silver Spoons) performing at RG’s free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Greg Johnson (Sirius Radio host) records a stand-up album that no label has requested and that “the world may never hear” at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for one night only: Greg Johnson: “Special”

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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Nate Bargatze (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!), Sarah Tollemache, and Gilbert Lawand performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

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

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) perform sets that are then used as springboards for improv troupes to make up scenes at The PIT upstairs theatre: Daws of Jeath

[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

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 include you: Improv Nerds Jam

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