NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/13/12

November 13, 2012

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Andy Dick

Andy Dick performs at ComedyJuice…

Kyle Kinane

…and Kyle Kinane performs at The Afterlife and 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] 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: The Montels and Legend (at 7:00) and Atticus and BEEES! (at 8:30); followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe BEEES! to make up stories in song: Musical Magnet Mixer

7:00 pm ($5): A sketch show about NYC commuting written & produced by Michelle Francesca Thomas at The PIT downstairs lounge: Transit Stories

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($20): The return of one of the funniest comedies—and finest comedic ensembles—to grace New York, and what ended up as the very best show of this year’s FringeNYC Festival, playing at the Soho Playhouse’s upstairs theatre. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this opportunity to see the Chicago-based 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!, host of Nearly Naked Lady Comedy Hour), Jermaine Fowler (FOX’s new In Living Color, Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, Sleepwalk With Me, College Humor), and Michelle Wolf (adorable) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show hosted by Calvin Cole & Sharron Paul that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Kyle Kinane (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, opens for Patton Oswalt), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Miguel Dalmau, Nate Craig, Sean Keane, and Ron Funches performing stand-up on this week’s topic Suicide Note at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and hosted tonight by Emily Heller: The Afterlife: Suicide Note

[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 ($5): Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show), Adam Lowitt (The Daily Show), J. R. Havlan (The Daily Show), and Aparna Nancherla (FX’s Totally Biased) performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Dan McCoy (writer for The Daily Show) & Matt Koff (Time Out NY Joke of the Year): Dan & Matt’s Stand-Up Show

8:00 pm ($5): Four sketch comics (not announced) each show off his or her best solo character work for this unique show at The PIT upstairs theatre, hosted by Sam Martin & Matthew Robert Gehring: Comedy Expo

8:00 pm ($8): Sketch comedy at The PIT upstairs theatre from troupe National Scandal

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (sadly, not announced) performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by the wonderful Joe Pera, Dan Licata, and Charles Gould: Dan + Joe + Charles’ Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up and rising star; producer for The Daily Show, former staff writer for David Letterman, host of Entertaining the Bartender), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Emmy Blotnick (staff blogger for Jimmy Fallon), and Sean Donnelly (host of many shows) performing stand-up at the debut of this show not especially easy to get to at Brooklyn’s The Woods (48 S 4th Street; take the J/M/Z to Marcy Avenue and walk around 5 minutes) hosted by Alexis Guerreros & Joseph Klein: Petrified

[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): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), 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), Kyle Kinane (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, opens for Patton Oswalt), “a special guest” for DJ, and more performing stand-up at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: 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), Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV’s Pranked), Aparna Nancherla (FX’s Totally Biased), Joe List (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Josh Rabinowitz, and Nore Davis 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 The Regulars, 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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Brilliant dark improv/sketch comic Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) does oddball stuff and hosts tonight’s guests Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, MTV), Tim Dimond (VH1, History Channel), and Sean Donnelly (host of many shows), plus producer Andy Rocco, at UCB East building upon the mythology that is The Tony Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): Comics who are making their reps on YouTube—with tonight’s guests Emotistyle’s Molly Austin and Shamikah Martinez; Chescaleigh’s Franchesca Ramsey; Barely Political’s Todd Womack, Mark Douglas, and Anastacia Douglas; and Jermaine Fowler (FOX’s new In Living Color)—at The PIT upstairs theatre: Face Time: YouTube Live

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): TV & movie star Andy Dick, Kyle Dunningham (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, The Sarah Silverman Program), Eric Schwartz (Jay Leno, BET, YouTube star), Ron Funches (Conan O’Brien), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing dirty, smutty, filthy jokes at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Jefferson: Blue

[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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