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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 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 ($7 for the whole evening): In this 5-hour extravaganza, four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Mint Condition and BEEEES! (at 7:00) and Aquarius and Legend (at 8:30); followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe Legend to make up stories in song: Musical Magnet Mixer
[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus FRE WINE!] 7:00 pm: A free wine tasting, with actual wine experts, is the unlikely twist this week from super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage having a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comic books and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($18): The final FringeNYC performance of sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting’s delightfully dark comedy about the rise and fall of a child star (for my review, please click here) at The Kraine Theatre (85 East 4th Street): The Underdeveloped and Overexposed Life and Death of Deena Domino
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jamie Kilstein (Huffington Post; co-host of Citizen Radio), Robert Sikoryak (author of Masterpiece Comics performing a reading), The Cocoon Central Dance Team, rapper Lakutis, and music from the wonderful Camille Harris at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, James Beard, Bryan Condon, Tim Skinner, and Tim Whitney, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show
8:00 pm ($5): Zhubin Parang (writer for The Daily Show) and Alex Scordelis (writer for The Cat Whisperer) are your hosts Ted Nugent and Dennis Kucinich in this show at UCB East encouraging you to vote: Celebrate Democracy!
[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] 8:30 pm ($20, which includes one drink; calling 212.989.9319 to reserve seats is recommended): Political satirists Lee Camp (Moment of Clarity), John Fuselsang (Politically Incorrect), Nato Green (writer for FX’s Totally BIased), and Negin Farsad (has information I need that would help fellow comics but is oddly not returning my emails) performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for producer John Morrison’s Funny, Smart Shit
[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($18): An award-winning musical that’s one of the most polished comedies at this year’s FringeNYC, and which showcases quadruple-threat talent and star Ashley Wren Collins and a terrific mostly-gal cast, running tonight, Thursday, and Sunday at The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd Street and Bleecker): Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Ted Travelstead (Vanity Fair, author of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk), Sabrina Jalees (Last Comic Standing), Jono Zalay, Josh Gondelman, and Ross Parsons performing on this week’s topic I Could’ve Died of Embarrassment at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted tonight by Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here): The Afterlife: I Could’ve Died of Embarrassment
9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Bucky, Creature, 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 ($5): A monthly stand-up competition at UCB East in which “new and emerging stand-up comics face off against each other in front of a panel of judges eager to provide unsolicited advice and even more unsolicited scores”—the judges being Brian Cichocki (Caroline’s, Stand-Up New York), and Shannon Coffey. If you’re an up-and-coming stand-up, send a video link and brief bio to email@example.com for a chance to participate in Stand-Up Smackdown
[$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Nic Novicki (little boxer on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire), Danny Vermont (staff writer for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and FX’s Totally Biased), Andrew Schulz (MTV 2’s Guy Code), and Mark Serritella performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club guest-hosted by Rus Gutin: ComedyJuice
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