NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/29/12

May 29, 2012

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John Gemberling

Comedy genius John Gemberling co-stars for the last time at his dark sketch/improv show before moving to LA to make Hollywood his personal bitch: The Tony & Johnny Show…

Jon Glaser

…and wonderful comics Jon Glaser (above), Heather Lawless, Jon Daly, and Larry Murphy perform at Brooklyn’s Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show

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] 7:00 pm (Please note new time and new venue!): Comics creator Joe Hill (Locke & Key) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Freestyle rapping long-form improv troupe North Coast clobbered some of the best improv troupes in NYC earlier this year at UCBT’s Cage Match. Tonight come see this troupe perform on its own for a full hour at The Magnet: North Coast

7:00 pm-9:00 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Creature, GoodGirl, and The Pox at this first half (see 9:00 pm for more) of Harold Night

8:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Andrew Norelli (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central), Costaki Economopoulos (Showtime, Bob & Tom), Adam Cozens, and more performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): H. Alan Scott (Oprah, The Huffington Post, superb cookie baker) hosts this gay-themed comedy show with guests James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Eliot Glazer (VH1’s Best Week Ever, It Gets Betterish, My Parents Were Awesome), Grumpy Films (, and Molly Pope performing scenes at The PIT downstairs lounge: The #SRSLYLOL Life of @HAlanScott

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Justy Dodge (co-host of Too Much Information on; “I was kind of a tomboy growing up. Like, I had Barbies, but only because my Ninja Turtles needed bitches;” for dark bio video, please click here), Ashley Brooke Roberts, John Milhiser, Thomas Dale, and Jason Saenz performing at UCB East hosted by Amber Nelson and Rob Stern: Late Night Stand

[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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Phoebe Robinson, Carole Montegomery, Joyelle Nicole, Dan Frigolette, Drew Dowdey, Chris Scopo, and Josh Wesson performing at the One and One Bar (1st Street & First Avenue) for this free weekly stand-up show hosted by Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV, Tyra Banks) & Sergio Chicon: Comedy Punch

[TOP PICK]¬†8:30 pm ($5 at the door, $7.63 in advance online): Heather Lawless (fresh, hilarious, unique stand-up; Comedy Central, Wonder Showzen, member of Variety SHAC), Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), Jon Daly (hilarious improvisor & character comic; HBO’s Life & Times of Tim, MTV’s Human Giant, Mother), and Larry Murphy (brilliant voiceover actor for FOX’s Bob’s Burgers, Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans, Adult Swim’s Assy McGee and Home Movies, and numerous other shows) performing for this monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of Mr. Coconuts Comedy 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: Mint Condition and Aquarius

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand- Up), Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live; Jimmy Fallon, host of Fooling Around with Colin Jost), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes The Regulars, Bucky, and Sandino at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The final performance of this weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, that co-stars brilliant, fearless, and innovative John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central), who is moving to LA. (Yes, we’re losing another NYC comedy treasure…). The show’s other co-star, Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) will reveal how the show will go on at UCB East with tonight’s guests Shannon O’Neil (breathtakingly innovative, lighting-quick, and fearless improvisor/sketch comic and rising star; The Stepfathers, Diamond Lion), sketch duo Jon Gabrus & Justin Tyler, and Chris Braiotta (Silent Cal Radio podcast): The Tony and Johnny Show

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

[$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle’s Show, Comedy Central special), Andrew Norelli (Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), 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 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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