NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/3/12

June 3, 2012

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Jon Benjamin

Comedy giants named Jon: Jon Benjamin and…

Jon Glaser

…Jon Glaser perform at Fooling Around with Casey Jost

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: Improv set in a 3rd Grade class from troupe IRTE at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: IRTE: Mrs. Carrol’s 3rd Grade Houghton Mifflin Spelling Class

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch troupe Fish Reynolds tries out material at 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): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, 2012 Comedy Awards’ “Best Club Comic,” one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker, Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012), and Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, co-host of Pirate Party and The Shinebox) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with guest host Jared Logan (rising star; host of Comedy Juice): Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Two comedy giants named Jon—Jon Benjamin (FOX’s Bob’s Burgers, FX’s Archer, Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, FOX, Adult Swim, MTV’s Human Giant) and Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien)—plus Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC, Stinson’s Awesome Movie Night) and Ruby Karp performing at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Casey Jost (writer for SNL; Jimmy Fallon, Impractical Jokers): Fooling Around with Casey Jost

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A rotating cast of veteran improvisors make up scenes based on the improvised monologues of the co-owner of the Magnet Theatre: The Armando Diaz Experience

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Pete wrote a musical based on the film Desperately Seeking Susan featuring the music of Blondie that opened on London’s West End——and closed a month later. Whoops. Here’s how it all went down” via a one-man show by Peter Michael Marino at The PIT downstairs lounge: Desperately Seeking the Exit

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Pete Lee (Comedy Central Presents), Mike Trainor (host of TruTV’s World’s Dumbest), Matt Ruby (co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Anthony DeVito (NYC’s Savage Practice), and Frank Liotti performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

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): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

9:30 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PIT’s upstairs theatre: In These Woods

[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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