NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 10/23/12

October 23, 2012

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The Reformed Whores: Ladies Don't Spit

Charming singing duo Marie Cecile Anderson & Katy Frame celebrate the release of their first CD at The Bowery Electric: “The Reformed Whores: Ladies Don’t Spit”

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 5-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 Zane Grant (Let’s Play God) and Shawn Wickens (The Bad Theater Festival) 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 ($5): “Comics get into the Halloween spirit by performing some of their favorite musical numbers…that they have no chance of ever being cast in, due to gender or race. This is no parody show—we’ll be earnestly singing our favorite If Only songs in full costume. You will probably see a female Jean Valjean, a male Grizabella, and many more” at The PIT upstairs theatre: Broadway Costume Bash

7:00 pm ($5): Two-person improv scenes from Donna Lobello & Gary DeNoia, Sasha Capelli & Chris ONeil, and Lorie Steele & Kevin Gottlieb at The PIT downstairs lounge: I Trust (Two-Prov)

7:30 pm-9:00 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes City Mouse, Huxtable, and GoodGirl at this first half of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($5): The Reformed Whores—raunchy comedic singing duo Marie Cecile Anderson & Katy Frame—have just released their first album, Ladies Don’t Spit. Come celebrate with them at The Bowery Electric (327 Bowery) and guests Adam Newman and Glennis McCarthy: The Reformed Whores Album Release Party

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The lovely and talented gals (and more) of share personal tales 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 Julia Wiedeman (one-woman show Naked People): HelloGiggles: Anything Goes

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door, $12.75 in advance online): Doctors, biologists, and comics—tonight including stellar storytellers Adam Wade and Robin Gelfenbein—tell funny tales at this science-centric monthly show that tonight focuses on Chemistry at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Ben Lillie & Erin Barker: The Story Collider

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($65): This isn’t pure comedy, but an enchanting hodgepodge of original tall tales fueled by laughs. The 2-hour play from the wonderful guys of PigPen blends shadow puppetry, songs, inventive staging, and more to create living dreams. For my review of PigPen’s two previous shows at FringeNYC, please click here and here. This newest work is their most ambitious, and that sometimes results in the story feeling too slow or padded; but it also yields a deeper emotional payoff. And even though not all the bits hit the mark, so many of them do that you’re likely to feel satisfied—and missing PigPen’s world after the show is over. The production is at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street) through November 26th: The Old Man and the Moon

8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Jon Rineman (Jimmy Fallon), Sandy Danto (, Amaya Perea (Funny Or Die), Taylor Ketchum, Josh Gondelman, and Zoe Combs Marrand performing on this week’s topic Crossing Over 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: Crossing Over

8:00 pm ($8): A dozen sharp talents deliver brand new sketch comedy at The PIT upstairs theatre: 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 ($5): The return of a comedy institution to its original home, with Eddie Pepitone, Nick Stevens, Victor Varnado, and “a special guest” performing stand-up at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing 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 Johnny Romance, A Sparrow, and Bucky—plus advanced improv students make up an entire feature film for a form called The Movie—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

9:30 pm ($8): An all-gal lineup of YouTube stars, including Emotistyle’s Molly Austin & Shamikah Martinez, DailyGrace’s Grace Helbig, Chescaleigh’s Franchesca Ramsey, and MyHarto’s Hannah Hart performing live on stage at The PIT upstairs theatre: Face Time: YouTube Ladies Live

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: Stand-up and sketch at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, typically hosted by sketch troupes Savage Animal and/or Jerk Practice: Savage Animal

[$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Chris D’Elia (Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, cast member of NBC’s Whitney, Workaholics, TBS’ Glory Daze, Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy—to view his set, please click here), Eliot Chang (Comedy Central Half Hour, Chelsea Lately, AMC), Tom Clark (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing), and more 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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