NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/10/12

June 10, 2012

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Tony Awards 2012

Brad Loekle hosts a viewing party from 7:00 to 11:00 of this year’s live broadcast of The Tony Awards

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:

[TOP PICK] 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm ($8): This fourth and final day of the New York Funny Songs Festival starts with a panel discussion at 2:00 pm of what it takes to make money as a comic. Scheduled guests include Janine DiTullio (head writer of Adult Swim’s Superjail), Danny Hastings (Director of Atomicus Films), David Johnston (Associate Director of, Lisa Niedermeyer (Program Specialist at Fractured Atlas and manager for NYC Performing Arts Spaces), and D-Sharp Wilson (Director of Platinum Label Entertainment, a one stop shop for music production and studio recording. And at 4:00 pm is an awards show for the best in NYC comedic music. It all happens at Culture Fix (9 Clinton Street): New York Funny Songs Festival Finale

[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: “Short-form improv teams battle it out for the most points and a prize. C’mon, admit it! You miss the quick-witted fun and audience involvement of short-form improv. A different short-form team joins Mishmash! each month and struts their stuff for a panel of judges (including one judge chosen from the audience) until a winner emerges. There will be a series of completely improvised scenes, stories and musicals all based on your suggestions. Come ready to shout out suggestions, and even shout at the judges,” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Scrimmage

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Magnet sketch comics performing new material: Ripe Sketch Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm-11:00 pm: In a change of pace for this gay-themed stand-up show, host Brad Loekle and friends bring you comedic commentary on this year’s live broadcast of the Tony Awards (this comedy show starts at 7:00, the awards broadcast begins at 8:00) at Therapy (348 West 52nd Street): Electro Shock Therapy Tony Awards Viewing Party

[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 ($5): “Pete wrote a musical based on the film Desperately Seeking Susanfeaturing 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 PITdownstairs lounge: Desperately Seeking the Exit

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Montreal sketch troupe Uncalled For, which Plank Magazine described as “one of the most innovative and reliable sketch troupes in the country,” performs at The Magnet for one night only: Today is All Your Birthdays

[$] 8:00 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A veteran stand-up who’s performed on HBO, Comedy Central, and Logo, and won two Emmys as a writer/producer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show, headlining through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Judy Gold

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Vidur Kapur (upcoming Showtime special Pauly-tics), Sean Donnelly (host of many shows), Barbara Holm, and Nate Fridson performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cupslounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($8): NYC stand-ups Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City), Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific), Beth Hoyt, Halle Kiefer, and Mike O’Brien performing at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by “disappointing gay best friends” Mikala Bierma & Tyler Coates: IRL

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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) and usually hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, LouieThe Eric Andre Show, one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Luke Younger, Ryan Conner, and Matt O’Meara performing in the East Village’sBeauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson:Comedy at the Beauty Bar

9:30 pm ($5): Magnet improvisors team up with poets at Kiss*Punch*Poem

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing sets at The PIT, and then improv troupe Before the Accident making up scenes springboarding off the material, at 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 includeyouImprov Nerds Jam

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