NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/20/12

December 20, 2012

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Gloria Steinem and Rachel Maddow

UCB East is rockin’ tonight, with political activist superstars Gloria Steinem and Rachel Maddow interviewed about having a dreamy job at Employee of the Month…

Chris Gethard and Puppy…plus Chris Gethard & puppy-loving Janeane Garofalo each perform stand-up for 30 minutes at Big Long Sets

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:

 [ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): PIT musical improv troupe Adorable mixes with musical improv novices on-stage at the downstairs lounge for Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen receiving two minutes—and if that goes well, maybe a hug (but not actual puppies)—at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ross Parsons & Trey Galyon: Free Puppies

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Punchbowl and THEM

7:00 pm ($7): “When tragedy strikes the North Pole, it’s up to detectives Jack Frost and Ginger Bread to solve the case. But how do you conduct an investigation when your suspects are some of the most beloved creatures on Earth and the most powerful figures in Christmastown? In this detective story we’ll learn more about Santa, Frosty, and Rudolph than anyone has ever wanted to know. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll find out the true meaning of Christmas” performed by a small army of comics at The Magnet theatre: Frost: A Christmystery

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 ($5): Wow. Two of the most fascinating people in comedy, stars Janeane Garofalo and Chris Gethard, each perform 30-minute sets at UCB East hosted by Adam Newman (Comedy Central, College Humor). Barring a last-minute snag, I’ll be attending this: Big Long Sets

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.)  A one-of-a-kind comedy star headlining at the Carolines Comedy Club: Gilbert Gottfried

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($20): A former roommate & drinking buddy of such comedy giants as David Cross and Marc Maron performs a one-man show that was such a hit at August’s FringeNYC it’s been extended indefinitely. Please read my review by clicking here, and Jason Zinoman’s New York Times review by clicking here; and then come share an intimate hour with Matt Graham at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club so he can explain life and meaning and why This Too Shall Suck

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): An annual gathering of NYC comedy talent to prepare us for the holidays, with tonight’s guests including Murderfist and Dan St. Germain, at The 39th Annual J Hobart B All-Star Christmas Spectacular

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) gathers comics to tell funny stories at the Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th Street), with tonight’s guests Dan St. Germain, Nick Turner, and Noah Garfinkel: Tom Shillue’s Funny Story

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or ($6.17 online): Seaton Smith, Sarah Tollemache, Jordan Carlos, Mollie Merkel, and Evan M. Williams perform stand-up along with sideshow attractions Kent Axell (magic), Kyle Petersen (unicycle), Gnarly Marley (fire), and Alfie Bunz (mental flossing) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City for this unusual carny experience: Abigoliah’s Bizzarre Bazaar

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT downstairs lounge: Hemlock and Dagger

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-ups (sadly, not announced) performing in Astoria Queens’ Mosaic Cafe & Lounge (25-19 24th Avenue) hosted by Liz Simons & Jenn Wehrung: Laugh It Up, Astoria

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Good lord. Gloria Steinem and Rachel Maddow are among this month’s guests at this show that interviews luminaries about what it’s like to have a dreamy job at UCB East, with host Catie Lazarus and musical accompaniment by Chris Sullivan (a.k.a., Shockwave; amazing human boombox; The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, co-host of The BEATdown) & Arthur Lewis & Eric Biondo: Employee of the Month

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Lizz Winstead, Jim O’Grady, Mara Wilson, Christine Gentry, and Michael Stahl-David tell tales on the theme ‘Tis the Season at The PIT upstairs theatre at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[$] 9:30 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Show headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

[FREE] 9:30 pm: A monthly showcase of both stand-ups and improvisors at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by stand-up Zach Broussard and improv troupe Priest & the Beekeeper: Pig Pile

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:30 pm ($5 & 2-item food/drink min.) Comics heckle a cheesy genre feature film—with tonight’s victim 1964’s Santa Claus Conquers the Martians—at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.): Devil Science Theater 3000

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