NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/31/12

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Laugh at Sandy and other disasters via tons of Halloween-themed shows tonight, including Monster Night (sketch), Ghoul Night (sketch/improv), and Matt & Meg’s HaLOLween Party (stand-up)

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 stand-up hosted by Cody Hess at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Listen! The Open Mic

7:00 pm-10:00 pm ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes Nintendo, Bloomer, Horses, Dr. Champagne, The Wrath, Featherweight, Flower Girl, Chet Watkins, and Brick performing improv: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Frank Conniff (Frank from MST3K), Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV), Michael Che (IFC’s Bunk, Comedy Central), and Dan McCoy (The Daily Show) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) hosted by Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream) & Meghan O’Neill (The Story Pirates): Matt & Meg’s HaLOLween Party

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): One of UCB Chelsea’s best sketch troupes, Thunder Gulch, performs a special show for Halloween: Monster Night Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), The Cowmen (hilarious dark comedy singer/songwriters who include members of Murderfist), and stand-ups Joe Machi and Jesse Joyce performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ben Kissel & Ed Larson: Bag of Flaming Dog Shit

[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

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically terrific NYC comics (not announced) performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) typically hosted by Gabe Liedman and/or Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups perform along with side-show attractions such as jugglers, contortionists, and fire eaters at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City for this unusual carny experience: Abigoliah’s Bizzarre Bazaar

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Doppelganger, Livia Scott, Mindy Raf, Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, and more will perform scary & hilarious sketch and/or improv at UCB Chelsea for Halloween’s Ghoul Night

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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