NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 7/31/12

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Steve Rannazzisi

Steve Rannazzisi of FX’s “The League,” Al Madrigal, Christian Finnegan…

Kurt Metzger

…and Kurt Metzger are among the stand-ups at tonight’s ComedyJuice

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: Atticus and Mint Condition at 7:00 and BEEES! and The Montels at 8:30; followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe The Montels to make up stories in song on the spot: Magnet Tuesday Musical Megawatt

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

8:00 pm ($8): Head writer & director Jen Curran (Harvard Sailing Team, The Baldwins, Jen & Steve) and a dozen other talents perform brand new sketch comedy at The PIT upstairs theatre: Big Business

8:00 pm ($5): Young improvisors at The PIT downstairs lounge make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Shady Bunch

[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

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Kara Klenk (host of If You Build It), Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo; winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award), and “a special guest” performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) with tonight’s host Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: Eulogy

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Spooky Ghost, Graceland, and The Pox—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): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), and Tony Zaret perform at UCB East hosted by Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) who’ll perform a dark mix of improv and sketch that’s uniquely The Tony Show

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Al Madrigal (correspondent for The Daily Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno), Steve Rannazzisi (creator/co-star of FX’s The League; Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d), 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), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Ugly Americans, Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing), Brendon Walsh (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), and Ari Shaffir (HBO’s Down and Dirty) performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

10:00 pm ($8): “Improvising from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong, kicking ass, and hoping each time that the next kick ass jump will be the kick ass jump home” from troupe IRTE at The PIT downstairs lounge: IRTE: That Kick Ass Time Jump Show

[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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