NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/17/12

June 17, 2012

For more, please visit
For excerpts from Dave Hill’s new bestselling book, please click here.

Fozzie Bear

Fozzie Bear is honored just so The Muppet Vault can use the terrible pun “Happy Fozzie’s Day”…

Kristen Schaal

…and comedy treasure Kristen Schaal is in Brooklyn practicing for her upcoming one-hour TV special “Going Blue”

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 ($8): Some of the best-ever Muppet moments starring Fozzie Bear (mostly for the sake of a terrible pun on Father’s Day) “including his tryst with Raquel Welch, the time he traded barbs with Milton Berle, and his ongoing feud with Statler and Waldorf” at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, plus Muppet-themed drink specials, cool giveaways, sing-along fun, and more:” The Muppet Vault: Happy Fozzie’s Day

[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

6:00 pm ($8): Female comics (sadly, not announced) perform at The PIT upstairs theatre with host Julia Morales (Someday The Cake, Northcoast, Nobody’s Token): It’s Ladies Night

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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10 at the door, $12.75 in advance online—the latter is recommended as this will probably sell out): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and NBC’s 30 RockComedy Central Presents half-hour special; FOX’s Bob’s Burgers; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex) practices for her upcoming one-hour taped special (in San Francisco); plus she’ll be joined at times by her sketch comedy partner in crime Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Bunk; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), all at Brooklyn’s Union HallKristen Schaal: Going Blue

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($15; sold out, but there’ll be some stand-by tickets at the door): David Cross (in a rare NYC appearance, one of the most respected guys in the biz; credits as writer, actor, and comic include HBO’s Mr. Show, FOX’sArrested Development, Comedy Central’s Freak Show, Adult Swim’s Tom Goes to the Mayor andTim and Eric Awesome Show…and scores of other TV and feature film roles), Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), Camille Harris & Her Band (irresistible rising star singer/sketch comic/cutie; co-host of My High School Boyfriend Was Gay), Harvard Sailing Team (award-winning sketch troupe), MC Chris (white rapper, Adult Swim cartoonist), and “a special secret guest” performing at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, James Beard, Tim Skinner, Tim Whitney, Bryan Condon, and Kenny Pickett, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[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 & R an 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): Sketch troupe Fish Reynolds—”born from the union of a famous southern leading man and a pack of salmon”—performs its greatest hits at The MagnetThe Best of Fish Reynolds

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), Adam Paterman, Nimesh Patel, and more 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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups may or may not be performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue); for an update, please click Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Joe Pera (very funny deadpan comic; for reasons to hire Joe, please click here), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), Jessica Watkins, and Matt Gifford performing stand-up 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

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

9:30 pm ($10): Brothers Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel) and Ashok Kondabolu (Dap in Das Racist) host a talk show at The PIT upstairs theatre, with tonight’s guest “a super secret:” The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project

[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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, TruTV, Tyra Banks), Hadiyah Robinson (VH1), and Neil Thornton performing stand-up at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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 youImprov Nerds Jam

For more, please visit