NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/17/12

July 17, 2012

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Dave Hill and Camille Harris

Wonderful comics Dave Hill (stand-up), Camille Harris (singer/songwriter/sketch), and more—including amazing musician Corn Mo—at Brooklyn’s The Moon Show

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-Midnight ($7 for the whole evening): In this 5-hour extravaganza, each of four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Montels and Mint Condition (at 7:00) and Legend and Aquarius (at 8:30); followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe Legend to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

7:00 pm-9:00 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes The Pox, The Regulars, and Bucky at this first half of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A delightful musical foursome at UCB East describing itself as “Female-fronted folky-pop band. Hyper-articulate, nerdy, post-modern sort of musical comedy. Folk singalongs and catchy pop jams are merely the metaphorical table holding up the buffet of wordplay, sarcastic wit, and rapid-fire pop culture references:” Summer & Eve: Folky-Pop Musical Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: A TV & Broadway stand-up star hones an hour of material at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre every day this week: Colin Quinn Tries Stuff Out

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 at The PIT downstairs Lounge for Carr Kulhan: Dos Experimento

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5; or you can watch remotely on the Web via live stream): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, The Dave Hill Explosion, bands Valley Lodge and Diamondsnake, champion rapper; new book Tasteful Nudes), Corn Mo (amazing musician; Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits), Camille Harris (irresistible singer/songwriter/piano player, co-host of My High School Boyfriend Was Gay), Sean Donnelly (host of many shows), and  Gabrielle Bell performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars including Jordan Clifford and Tim Skinner, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Joselyn Hughes (staff writer/performer for Tosh.0, BFF & occasional sketch comedy partner of Brooke Van Poppelen), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker; blogger for Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012), Chris Mysterion (“Canada’s #1 mentalist, mind-bending and mind-blowing experience, he already knows that are you regretting missing him”), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon30 Rock, Comedy Central, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City, 2012 Andy Kaufman Award), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingHarold and Kumar 2), Matt Fulchiron (Comedy Central Presents), Jacqueline Novak, and George Gordon performing on this week’s topic Scientology at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted tonight by Emily Heller: The Afterlife: Scientology

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Creature, Surfing, and Sandino—plus at 11:00 pm 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 ($5): Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) tonight explores the question “Is Tony just a guiled fannered variety show host? Or is he an orphaned alien from a planet called ‘Piece of Shit’? And does anyone care either way?” Helping entertain during this soul-searching will be John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Matt McCarthy (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm andBored to Death, host of AMC’s Action Pack, Comedy Central, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys, host ofMarking Out), Dan Gurewitch (College Humor), and “special guests” at UCB East building upon the mythology that is The Tony and ??? Show

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at this monthly gay-themed show at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Tom Steffen: Rapier Wit

9:30 pm ($5): Tom DiMenna (one-man show Who Loves You, Baby? at Soho Playhouse), Jen Curran (Harvard Sailing Team, The Baldwins, Jen & Steve), Robin Cloud, and Fariaz Rabbiani performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Steve Rannazzisi (FX’s The League, MTV’s Punk’d), Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy 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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