NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 8/19/12

August 19, 2012

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Phoebe Robinson

Beloved NYC downtown stand-up Phoebe Robinson headlines for one night only at Carolines…

Jessimae Peluso

…and Jessimae Peluso and more help celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: A TV & Broadway stand-up star hones 30 minutes of material at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre every day this week: Colin Quinn Tries Stuff Out

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBwest’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & R an Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

8:00 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: In These Woods

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jermaine Fowler (cast member of Fox’s new In Living Color), Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, writer for, Matt Ruby (co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here, blog Sandpaper Suit), Neal Stasny, Robert Dean, and John F. O’Donnell performing at RG’s free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] 8:00 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s performed on Jay Leno and Chelsea Lately headlining one more night at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Caparulo

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Justy Dodge (co-host of Too Much Information on; “I was kind of a tomboy growing up. Like, I had Barbies, but only because my Ninja Turtles needed bitches;” for dark bio video, please click here), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Gonzalo Cordova, and Noah Gardenswartz performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

9:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

9:30 pm ($5): At Magnet, sketch comedy from The Weird Sisters, Listen Kid!, We’re Matt Weir, Darth Vader Ginsberg!, Beth Newell, Christian Paluck, and Nick Kanellis: Sketch Sundays

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) perform sets that are then used as springboards for improv troupes to make up scenes at The PIT upstairs theatre: Daws of Jeath

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($10 using code COB10, plus 2-drink min.) A beloved stand-up in the NYC downtown community who’s performed on TV Guide’s 100 TV Shows To See Before You Die and 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Phoebe Robinson

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Four touring comics from Austin Texas offering a fresh comedic perspective at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The East Infection Comedy Tour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Stand-ups Adam Lehman, Jessimae Peluso, Yamaneika, and Karith Foster celebrating the 8th Anniversary of this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may include you: Improv Nerds Jam

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