NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/2/12

August 2, 2012

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John Mulaney (above), Janeane Garofalo, Adam Newman, and more perform stand-up & raise funds at tonight’s Fresh Out

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] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Jane Borden (former Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That) is tonight’s guest co-host at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn (memorably featured here): Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT downstairs lounge mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): At UCB Chelsea, “all of the badass-ness of a baddass action film brought to you live on stage” by Brandon Gulya (writer/co-star), Brandon Scott Jones, Leslie Meisel, Kristen Acimovic, Eddie Dunn, Tim Martin, and Evan Greenspoon in The Unbreakable Gun; and in the other half of this double-bill, a show I know nothing about titled The Infinity Brothers

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($8): One of my favorite people, Julie Sharbutt—who’s performed with some of the greatest improvisors alive at UCBT’s Gravid Water—goes for improv gold herself with comedy partner Cathleen Carr (Birds, The Scene, Dos Experimentos) as they “hope to establish themselves as the leading voices in contemporary South Boston crime noir improv comedy. Watch them, along with special guests Bob Kulhan and Chris Roberti, unspool a suspenseful, heavily-accented mystery thrilla” at The PIT upstairs theatre: Mystic Improv

7:00 pm ($5): Two one-night-only singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Musical Improv Mix-Em-Up: Dorothy and Blanche

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe The Boss to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mamrie Hart is a rising star who somehow manages to be razor-sharp and immensely warm & accessible at the same time—and is always worth catching. Mamrie and her superb comedy partner Stephen Soroka tonight perform puns, wild facial expressions, dance, rock trivia, audience pranks, murder reenactments, and more as sketch duo BoF: Friends Without Benefits

…plus in the other half of this double-bill, “For over a year, Patrick Waldo scrawled his moustache tag on countless advertisements around New York City, entertaining commuters and causing thousands of dollars in damage. After a three month investigation, the NYPD put an end to his spree when they arrested Waldo under felony charges of graffiti, criminal mischief, and fucking shit up,” written & starring Patrick Waldo, and directed by Nate Dern & John Flynn: Moustache Man: Confessions of a NYC Graffiti Artist

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Superb comics—including Adira Amram, Doppelganger, and Annie Lederman—perform at The PIT upstairs theatre for judges of this Andy Kaufman Award Auditions

8:00 pm ($5): Two one-night-only singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Musical Improv Mix-Em-Up: Sophia and Rose

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Rick Andrews directing The Weave (organic freeform improv “with no rules”), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component), featuring last week’s winner against The Friday Night Sh’w: The Magnet’s Night Out

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, TV & movie star Todd Barry, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and/or comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Adam Newman (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor, comedy CD Not for Horses), and more performing stand-up and raising fund at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out

9:30 pm ($8): Rory Albanese (Executive Producer for The Daily Show), Jeff Maurer (Last Comic Standing), Jim Tews, and Emily Epstein performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge co-produced by Meg Cupernall and hosted by Ryan Conner (freelance writer for SNL, BBC): Free Healthcare

9:30 pm ($5): Aat UCB Chelsea, an improvised movie from troupe The Buffs and then improv scenes based on a series of audiene suggestions from troupe The Pad

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge for The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Wow. In a major upset, shiny new Lloyd team Graceland defeated world-class troupe Doppelganger last week 92-54. I didn’t see it, but you can read a report from blog Improv Observations here. Can Graceland keep it up against tonight’s killer challenger Good Dad, comprised of such superstars as Neil Casey, Fran Gillespie, and Jon Gabrus? Come find out as these two teams compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): “Secret movie screenings of movies you probably haven’t seen and/or should see again” at UCB East (which used to be a movie theatre) hosted by Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers), JD Amato (Harold Night), and Mike Roth (Two Boots Video): Secret Movie Show Presented by Two Boots Video

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