NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/6/12

November 6, 2012

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Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

Laugh at televised coverage of the Presidential election with sharp comics at UCB East, The PIT, or The Creek…

Amber Nelson & Ashley Brooke Roberts: The Dream Show

…or enjoy the debut of a Brooklyn variety show from wonderful comics Amber Nelson & Ashley Brooke Roberts: The Dream Show

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 sketch that allows you to either perform a sketch with your own performers or bring in pages for the audience to perform at The PIT downstairs lounge, followed by feedback on your bit from PIT “sketch-perts:” Pens & Pencils

[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, each of four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Aquarius and Atticus (at 7:00) and Mint Condition 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: Magnet Musical Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Election-based comedy from superb musical comics Ben Lerman, Summer & Eve, and Political Subversities, plus non-musical comedy from Matt Koff, Gentlemen Party, and more—and the election of our new President—at The PIT upstairs theatre: Election Night Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm tarot readings, 8:00 show ($5): Wonderful sketch comics Amber Nelson & Ashley Brooke Roberts debut a free variety show featuring tarot readings at 7:30 from Kat Toledo, and then stand-up, character acts, and music from guests Tom McCaffrey, Lauren Maul, Tim Dillon, and Phi Thi Tach performing at Brooklyn’s Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street), plus sketch and election updates from the lovely hosts putting on their Dream Show

7:30 pm-9:15 pm ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Rocks, The Regulars, and A Sparrow at this first half of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and Manhattan Cable Access’ The Chris Gethard Show; The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of A Bad Idea I’m About to Do and Weird New York), Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon, VH1), and Sarah Tollemache performing stand-up at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Joe Pera, Charles Gould, and Dan Licata: Dan + Joe + Charles’ Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC comics—including James Adomian (Last Comic Standing finalist)—”discuss how our nation will survive the outcome of the most historic elections since the last one. We’ll also watch FOX News and MSNBC together to see who’s crying voter fraud and who starts dancing in the end zone. Lots of silly debate, uniformed opinions, and special guests while we find out who is the next American Idol” at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge, hosted by Chris Laker: Election Day Show Special

[TOP PICK] [FREE]  8:00 pm: Anthony Atamanuik, Ryan Karels, and other razor-sharp comics guide you through the Presidential elections for this free event at UCB East (at great place to screen TV since it used to be a movie theatre): Election 2012 Coverage Extravaganza

[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

8:00ish pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Drennon Davis (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Brooks Wheelan, Jaqi Furback, Zach Sherwin, and George Gordon performing on this week’s topic Dead Presidents at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and hosted tonight by Josh Gondelman: The Afterlife: Dead Presidents

8:00 pm ($8): A house sketch troupe performs at The PIT upstairs theatre: National Scandal

[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): Hannibal Buress (former staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, The Eric Andre Show, host of Comedy Night, one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace), MC Mr Napkins (a.k.a. Zach Sherwin; Epic Rap Battles of History), Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, MTV, VH1), and more performing stand-up at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Joe Larson (Jay Leno), Joe Zimmerman (Beards of Comedy), Alexis Guerreros (Show Me Your Bits), and Anthony Devito performing stand-up at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Sean Donnelly, Steve O’Brien, Robert Dean, 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 Bucky, GoodGirl, and Salmon Diane—plus advanced improv students “strips the Harold down to its component parts and rearranges them into a rhythmically complex, mashup-inspired performance piece” for a form called Scramble NYC—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Jessica Kirson (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Showtime, Comedy Central, VH1, Bravo), MC Mr Napkins (a.k.a. Zach Sherwin; Epic Rap Battles of History), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), and more performing at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

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