NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/10/12

July 10, 2012

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Ali Wong

Ali Wong (above), Eric Andre, Todd Barry, and more perform at ComedyJuice…

Maronzio Vance

…and FOX’s Maronzio Vance (above) and SNL’s Vanessa Bayer perform 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’sThe Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($7 for the entire evening): In three double-bill shows,The Magnet singing improv troupes Team Oprah, Mint Condition, Team Tyra, BEEES!, Team Montel, and Aquarius will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Magnet Musical Megawatt

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City, 2012 Andy Kaufman Award), Dapwell and Heems (Das Racist), and moreare interviewed about “their earliest creative experiences and the nuances of having a creative career” for a weekly podcast that once a month goes live on the UCB East stage with hosts Andy Beckerman & Mark Bisi: Beginnings

8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Delightful singing duo The Reformed Whores, Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), and Sean Donnelly (host of many shows) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show hosted by Calvin Cole and Sharron Paul that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date

8:00 pm ($5): Cathleen Carr (Two Girls for Five Bucks, Birds, The Scene) and Bob Kulhan (Second City, The Scene) host a show featuring established two-person improv teams challenged with separation anxiety—the audience is asked to scramble them and create one-night-only pairings—atThe PIT downstairs Lounge: Carr Kulhan: Dos Experimento

8:00 pm ($8): A house sketch troupe performs at The PIT upstairs theatre: 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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Vanessa Bayer (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Maronzio Vance (cast member of FOX’s new In Living Color, Jay Leno), Nato Green (writer for FX’s Totally Biased), Team Submarine, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon,30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Dave Waite (Jimmy Fallon), Michael Che (Comedy Central), Paige Weldon, Nato Green, and George Gordon performing on this week’s topic Tears in Heaven atSidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted tonight by Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: Tears in Heaven

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Johnny Romance, Surfing, and Sandino—plus advanced improv students make up scenes based on “the news and the fears of today” in a form called The Current—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Sharp Chicago-trained improvisors led by Susan Messing make up scenes at The PIT upstairs theatre, with tonight’s guests including Bob Kulhan (Baby Wants Candy, Dos Experimento [see 8:00 pm], The Scene): Messing with New York

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neill (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), and Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes) host a showcase of female comics performing at UCB EastLadies Night: Men Welcome

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

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up and sketch at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, typically hosted by sketch troupes Savage Animal and/or Jerk Practice: Savage Animal

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Killer lineup of Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; creator and co-star of genius new Adult Swim series The Eric Andre Show; HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC’s Apartment 23, Comedy Central, FOX, TBS), a rare NYC appearance by Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; Jay Leno, FOX, NBC’s Are You There Chelsea?, filmSavages), Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie,HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Liz Miele (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), and Al Jackson (Comedy Central The Half Hour special, upcoming SYFY Channel show, MTV, VH1) performing stand-up at the GothamComedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[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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