NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 8/7/12

August 7, 2012

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John Mulaney

SNL’s John Mulaney headlines at ComedyJuice…

Ted Travelstead

…and Ted Travelstead performs at Brooklyn’s Geeking 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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic sketch that allows you to either perform a sketch with your own performers or bring in pages for the audience to perform at The PIT downstairs lounge, followed by feedback on your bit from PIT “sketch-perts:” Pen & Pencils

[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 Aquarius at 7:00 and Mint Condition 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

7:00 pm ($8): Three members of UCBT sketch troupe Fambly—Veronica Osorio, Ben Wietmarschen, and Pat O’Brien—perform sketch and then improv at The PIT upstairs theatre: Dirty Old

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door or $12.75 online): A show featuring storytellers, book & TV writers, and stand-ups focusing on various aspects of being a fan, with tonight’s guests Ted Travelstead (Vanity Fair, author of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), Robin Gelfenbien (host of storytelling show Yum’s the Word; VH1, Sirius Satellite Radio, FringeNYC), Steve Heisler (The Onion A.V. Club, New York Magazine), and Ranmaru the Cosplayer performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with hosts Kerri Doherty & Nate Fernald: Geeking Out

8:00 pm ($10): Alternative comics—not announced, but probably including Andy Kaufman Award winners and nominees—performing at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Andy Kaufman Fun House

8:00 pm ($8): A house sketch troupe performs at The PIT downstairs lounge: National Scandal

8:00 pm ($5): A showcase of NYC stand-ups not yet represented by a manager or agent (i.e., fresh meat) at UCB East hosted by Luke Thayer & Nick Cobb: Unmanageable Stand-Ups

[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] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Sean Patton (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; killer sets on Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Mike Racine (Comedy Central), Aaron Glaser, and Shalewa Sharpe performing stand-up at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) produced by Kate Berlant and guest-hosted tonight by John F. O’Donnell: Crime & Punishment

9:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Jermaine Fowler (cast member of FOX’s In Living Color), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Adam Conover (College Humor, host of Fresh Out), and Jacqueline Novak ( performing on this week’s topic Died in Your Arms Tonight at Sidewalk NYC(94 Avenue A) hosted tonight by Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: Died in Your Arms Tonight

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes The Regulars, Johnny Romance, and Sandino—plus advanced improv students make up a story in which the first scene is the last scene for a form called The Evente—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

9:30 pm ($5): All-gal lineup Sasheer Zamata (highly charming, innovative rising star; host of School Night, member of red-hot improv troupe Doppelganger and sketch troupe The Prom), Jane Borden (former Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), Asie Moharetz, Ray Marshall, and Abby Feldman performing at UCB East hosted by Ilana Glazer: Bunch a Pussies

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): 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, one hour special & CD/DVD New in Town, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Jon Fisch (David Letterman, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Matt Fulchiron (Comedy Central Presents, Tosh.O), 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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