NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/18/12

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David Wain

Comedy stars David Wain and…

Ted Alexandro

…Ted Alexandro are among the comedy stars celebrating the 8th Anniversary of Seth Herzog’s “Sweet”

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] 6:30 pm ($5): Ace all-gal improv troupe Doppelganger makes up scenes based around audience tattoos at UCB Chelsea in Doppelganger Gets Inked

[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 Aquarius (at 7:00) and Atticus 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: Musical Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Calista Brill (Senior Editor of First Second Books) and comedian Scott Eckert joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage for 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

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stand-up from Irish comic David O’Doherty and the delightful Camille Harris, magic from Vinny DePonto, rock from Quiet Loudly, Andrew W.K. (party-rock icon), and comic book giveaways from Forbidden Planet at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, James Beard, Tim Skinner, and Tim Whitney, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A beloved show that brings dead celebrities back to life at UCB East, with magical comedic chameleon Livia Scott (Conan O’Brien, Law & Order, Dirty Movie) hosting tonight as a delightfully diverse grouping of Maria Callas, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Christopher Hitchens! Joining the party are Ben Lerman (nuanced raunchy comedic singer/songwriter; Logo TV’s NewNowNext, Sirius Radio’s Frank DeCaro Show), John Early (30 Rock), and sketch troupe Rejected Pitches: Livia’s Castle of Enchantment

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), Amber Nelson (fearless rising star; sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host of Late Night Stand and Mustache Party), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel, FX’s Totally Biased), and “a guest so special and sooo secret they won’t even tell me who he/she is” performing on this week’s topic Going to Live on the Farm at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted tonight by Emily Heller (Comedy Central): The Afterlife: Going to Live on the Farm

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 downstairs lounge: Big Business

[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

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (for an update, please click here) performing at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) hosted by Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, notable hair): Crime & Punishment

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15 at the door or $18.83 online): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), David Wain (member of seminal MTV sketch show The State and comedy group Stella; writer/director whose work includes feature films Wanderlust, Role Models, Little Big Men, The Ten, Wet Hot American Summer), Will Forte (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), and “very special guests” performing at The Studio at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) for the Eighth Anniversary of this wonderful comedy show hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes The Pox, Good Girl, and Sandino—plus advanced improv students mash up forms LaRonde and Montage by starting with a series of unlikely pairings and then ending “somewhere deep inside a pile of hilarious character” for a hybrid form called LaRONTAGE—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

9:30 pm ($5): Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC’s Do Whatever) performs a one-man show at UCB East consisting of stand-up, stories, and characters: Barry Rothbart’s Evening of Evening Comedy

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

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at this monthly gay-themed show at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Tom Steffen: Rapier Wit

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Rich Vos (stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; Comedy Central Presents; Opie & Anthony radio show), Bonnie McFarlane (HBO, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Nate Bargatze (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), Maronzio Vance (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and Sean O’Connor (Conan O’Brien, The Sports Show with Norm MacDonald) performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club: 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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