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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] 6:30 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 4-hour extravaganza, four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Legend and The Montels (at 7:00) and BEEES! and Atticus (at 8:30); followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe Atticus to make up stories in song: Musical Magnet Mixer
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Comic book creators Fernando Ruiz (Archie Comics), Fabio Redivo (Hell Yeah!), and Anthony Marques (The Gutters) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
7:00 pm ($8): Rob Shapiro (FX’s Rescue Me) and Sean Lynch (MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, Comedy Central) create improvised scenes inspired by soundtracks to movies and TV shows, “and random sound effects,” at The PIT upstairs theatre: Surfing Soundwaves
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The lovely and talented gals (and more) of HelloGiggles.com share tales of school days at UCB East, with storytellers including Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up and rising star; former staff writer for David Letterman, host of Entertaining the Bartender) and Nate Dern (UCBT Artistic Director): HelloGiggles: Back to School
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Brooke Van Poppelen (writer for MTV’s Epic Fall; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC’s Do Whatever), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Robert Dean, Nick Turner, Greg Johnson, and more performing on this week’s topic Going to the Movies at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and 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: Going to the Movies
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door if you’re willing to try for a waiting list; SOLD OUTonline): Doctors, biologists, and more tell funny tales at this science-centric monthly show that tonight focuses on Animals at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Ben Lillie & Erin Barker: The Story Collider
8:00 pm ($5): Comics Michael Short, Louie Pearlman, Lauren Hunter, and more make up funny commentary about oddball short films—industrials, educationals, etc.—at The PIT downstairs lounge: Down in Front
[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
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!, host of Nearly Naked Lady Comedy Hour), Kevin Barnett (MTV’s #FAIL, Sleepwalk with Me), Greg Johnson, Sam Morrill, Zach Sims, and more performing stand-up at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Sean Donnelly, Robert Dean, Steve O’Brien, and/or Kevin McCaffrey: Comedy at Alligator Lounge
9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Graceland, The Regulars, 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
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): The wonderful Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing finalist, Comedy Central) tries out a one-woman show at The PIT upstairs theatre; and Ryan Dietz tries out a one-man show, both as part of the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class: Carmen Lynch: Half a Spaniard and Ryan Dietz: The Box Turtle Incident
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