NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/5/12

June 5, 2012

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Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander (above), Rich Vos, Christian Finnegan, and more perform at Tell Your Friends…

Ali Wong

…and one-of-a-kind Ali Wong graces NYC with a rare visit from LA at Sweet

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] 7:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about this month’s topic “Unmasking Cliché,” with topics ranging from Comic Strips, Stripped to The Art Of Making People Excited To Do Your Bidding, at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street) for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Comics creator Jim Zub (writer of Skullkickers) 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

7:00 pm ($5): “Cruella de Vil hosts the city’s hottest and most successful public speaking seminar. Go from voiceless nobody to victorious villain in no time! Tonight’s workshop will feature recent graduates who have come to show off their newly-formed public speaking skills, including Snow White, Pocahontas, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, and Jasmine” at The Magnet: Wrestling with Ursula: Finding Your Voice Without a Prince’s Help

7:00 pm ($5): Sisters Ariel Karlin & Lily Karlin perform duo improv and more at The PIT downstairs lounge as troupe Karlinator

[FREE] 7:00 pm: A one-woman show by storyteller Ali Berlinski at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge: A Beautiful Mess

7:30 pm-9:15 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Surfing, Bucky, and The Pox at this first half (see 9:15 pm for more) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), Rich Vos (stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; Comedy Central Presents; Opie & Anthony radio show), 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), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1; to watch his hit video Pachelbel Rant, which has been viewed by over 9 million people on YouTube, please click here), Kambri Crews (storyteller, author of Burn Down the Ground), Adam Spiegelman (writer/producer/podcaster whose credits include Jimmy Kimmel Live), Chris Deluca (creator/star of Spike TV’s MoCap LLC) and Summer Banks (visiting from Berlin) performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door or $12.75 online): The debut of a show featuring storytellers, book & TV writers, and stand-ups focusing on various aspects of being a fan, with tonight’s guests Hallie Haglund (staff writer for The Daily Show), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Erin Barker (Moth GrandSLAM champion, co-host of The Story Collider), and Andy Ross (writer for The Onion News Network) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with hosts Kerri Doherty & Nate Fernald: Geeking Out

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Storytelling, stand-up, and carny join forces to bring the blog And I Am Not Lying to life on stage, hosted by stellar storyteller & burlesque performer Cyndi Freeman, and with fully clothed storytellers Jeff Simmermon (This American Life, The Moth) and Brad Lawrence (FringeNYC, The Moth), stand-up Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), and burlesque by Peter Aguero and Amelia BareParts performing at the R Bar (218 Bowery, between Prince and Spring Streets): And I Am Not Lying Live

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) and tonight’s guest co-host Andy Rocco (host of Underground Americana) at UCB East for this first show without co-founder John Gemberling (who’s now busy taking over LA): The Tony and ??? Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City), and more, plus stand-up videos and a video from Improv Everywhere at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Andy Kaufman Fun House

8:00 pm ($8): Newest PIT house sketch troupe National Scandal performs at The PIT downstairs lounge: National Scandal

[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

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: Rosencrantz and Aquarius

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; Jay Leno, FOX, cast member of NBC sitcom Are You There Chelsea and FOX’s Breaking In; regular panelist on Chelsea Lately; upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages; rare NYC appearance since Ali’s moved to LA), Barry Rothbart (current spokesman for Taco Bell; TNT’s Men of a Certain Age;” Jay Leno), “a special guest,” and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): 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), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, host of Crime & Punishment Tuesdays at Cake Shop), Sean Donnelly (host of numerous shows) performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: 72 Virgins

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Creature, GoodGirl, and Sandino—plus advanced students repeatedly rearrange elements of scenes to create improv anagrams—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

9:30 pm ($8): At The PIT upstairs theatre, musical/rap improv from troupe The Boombox Kids and more musical improv from troupe The Jam Academy

9:30 pm ($5): A showcase of NYC stand-ups not yet represented by a manager or agent (i.e., fresh meat) at UCB East hosted by Luke Thayer & Nick Cobb: Unmanageable Stand-Ups

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

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up, sketch, videos, and more at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre with Jeffrey Joseph and hosts Ron Krasnow & Joel Walkowski: The Short Bus

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Tom Papa (host of Jerry Seinfeld-produced NBC comedy The Marriage Ref; numerous appearances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno; three Comedy Central specials), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Present),Stand-up superstar Dave Attell (newest show is Showtime’s Dave’s Old P@rn), Joe Matarese (Comedy Central Presents, Chelsea Lately, podcast Fixing Joe), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Showtime), Dean Edwards (SNL, Carson Daly, VH1), and more performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Freid: ComedyJuice

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