NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 1/15/13

January 15, 2013

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Nick Kroll

Character genius Nick Kroll’s new Comedy Central sketch show is previewed tonight for free at Carolines…

Reggie Watts

…Reggie Watts performs at Brooklyn’s The Moon Show…

Jackie Kashian

…and Jackie Kashian performs at both 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:

[TOP PICK] [ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): In this delightful weekly open-mic show, each comic has 3 minutes to try out a character-based bit (e.g., for a solo show, sketch, or audition) at The PIT downstairs lounge, hosted by Jen Kwok (Comedy Central) and Keisha Zollar (Doppelganger): Imposter Open Mic

[ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): 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, four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Mint Condition and Fisticuffs (at 7:00) and BEEES! and Vulcan (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: Magnet Musical Megawatt

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC-based comic book artist Neil Dvorak (Easy Pieces) 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): Stand-up, sketch, storytelling, maybe juggling—it’s an “anything can happen” variety show at The PIT downstairs lounge, with regulars Amber Nelson, Molly Austin, Mike Brown, Shamikah Martinez, and Shak Standley: The Big Pony Show

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($7.37 if you use code BREAKOUT online or by phone, plus 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on MTV, co-hosts Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here, and runs the popular blog Sandpaper Suit, headlines for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Matt Ruby

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central special, IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang, Electric Company; for video samples, please click here), Marina Franklin (developing into one of the finest stand-ups in the country, with an uncommonly gentle, graceful style that’s pure joy; Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show, Craig Ferguson, VH1, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Chris Rozzi, and The People vs. Larsen performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, and Tim Skinner, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($12 plus 2-item food/drink min.): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, one hour special & CD/DVD New in Town, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Lynn Koplitz (Joan Know’s Best, IFC’s Z Rock, host of WB’s Life & Style), Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show), Robert Kelly (Louie, Comedy Central, Opie & Anthony), Sherrod Small (writer/performer on TBS’ Are We There Yet?, Comedy Central, VH1), and Jeff Lamp (Jay Leno) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by William Stephenson: John Mulaney, Lynne Koplitz, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neill (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes), and/or Brandon Scott Jones (top sketch troupe Stone Cold Fox, red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes) host a showcase of female comics at UCB East who tonight are Bethany Hall (stand-up), Stephanie Streisand (storytelling), Tamsi & Samsi (sketch), and D’Arcy Carden (can do anything): Ladies Night: Men Welcome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing; for hilarious cartoon about LA pet owners, please click here), Shane Mauss (Comedy Central Presents), Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), Phoebe Robinson (TV Guide’s 100 TV Shows To See Before You Die and 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders, Huffington Post), Kara Klenk (Comedy Central, Spike, Nickelodeon; host of If You Bring It), J-L Cauvin, Kevin Saucier, and Shalewa Sharpe celebrate host Josh Gondelman’s birthday at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon: The Afterlife

8:00 pm ($10): NYC’s only episodic monthly burlesque show, featuring a different script each month and a rotating cast, tonight presents a Sherlock Holmes tribute: “The famous residents of 221B Baker Street have departed London and are investigating an international web of mystery whose strings all lead back to The Home for Wayward Girls and Fallen Women. Will even the brilliant mind of Sherlock Holmes and the dogged friendship of his trusted companion Dr. Watson be enough to unravel the clues before some evil falls on Cherry Pitz, the grand dame of The Home?” Find out with award-winning storyteller Cyndi Freeman and friends performing at R Bar (218 Bowery, off Prince Street): Hotsy Totsy Burlesque: A Study in Pink

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (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

[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] [FREE, plus chance at prizes; call (212) 757-4100 to reserve seats] What may well end up being the best sketch comedy series to appear on Comedy Central since Chappelle’s Show debuts tomorrow night at 10:30 pm. You don’t have to wait for comedy genius Nick Kroll’s new series, though, because the network is throwing a free screening tonight at the Carolines Comedy Club. It’s not entirely without cost—you have to sit through an episode of Workaholics. But that’s a price well worth paying to enjoy the kickoff of Kroll Show

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing; for hilarious cartoon about LA pet owners, please click here), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), Nick Turner (Jimmy Fallon, VH1), and more performing at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Yannis Pappas, and other stand-ups perform—with composer Matt Garrisona’s four-piece jazz band playing in the background!—at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Mike Finoia: Code Name

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes The Regulars, Bucky, and GoodGirl—plus advanced improv students “are going to challenge themselves by performing a show that they only just learned,” summed up as Instant Gratification—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from brilliant, fearless, and innovative comic Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives). Tonight Tony has been kidnapped by gypsies; “They’ve cursed the show and have an enough babies to toss at every member of the audience!” Plus there’ll be stand-up from guests Bridey Elliott (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Witstream, Fambly), Justin Shanes (writer for Jimmy Fallon), and Phil Hanley (Jay Leno), all at UCB East produced by Andy Rocco: The Tony Show: Gypsies, Scramps, and Sleeves

9:30 pm ($10): A dozen improvisors make up a musical on the spot at The PIT upstairs theatre: Musical Improv Spectacular

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): 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), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Shane Mauss (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, Showtime), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Kendra Cunningham (Jimmy Fallon, The Tyra Banks Show, Law & Order), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, CNN, TBS): ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($12 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Gregg Rogell (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Louie, Comedy Central), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Mike Yard (Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam), Dan Naturman (David Letterman, Jay Leno), and Mike Vecchione (Last Comic Standing, Howard Stern) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by William Stephenson: Big Jay Oakerson, Nick Griffin, and More

[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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