NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 2/24/13

February 24, 2013

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The Oscars

Enjoy The Oscars for free at Brooklyn’s Bell House, punched up during commercials by Dave Hill & Jena Friedman; or enjoy The Oscars for $10 at Manhattan’s The Stand Comedy Club hosted by Lynne Koplitz…

John Mulaney

…and/or watch a master stand-up at work, starting 10:00 pm, for this final night of John Mulaney headlining at Carolines

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] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Showcase

[FREE] 5:30 pm: An improv show that asks you to drop written suggestions into a box before it begins and then dips into the collection of suggestions throughout to propel new scenes: The Drop Box

6:00 pm ($8): “Becky Flaum thinks she’s Julia Roberts. And Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Drew Barrymore, even Katherine Heigel. But her high cinematic hopes for her love life get in the way of reality on her quest to find the perfect co-star.” This one-woman show is at The PIT upstairs theatre: Hopeless Romantic Comedy

[FREE] 5:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Emmy Blotnick, Matt Nedostup, and/or Sachi Ezurafor: Sledgehammer

6:00 pm ($5): Open-mic stand-up that includes professional feedback on each comic’s 5-minute set at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.): Mic-Shop: Open Mic Workshop

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Instead of watching tonight’s Academy Awards by yourself at home, why not see it with an audience at Brooklyn’s The Bell House (149 7th Street, between Second and Third Avenues) and enjoy top comics making fun of it throughout? The latter will be longtime friends Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, The Dave Hill Explosion, bands Valley Lodge and Diamondsnake, champion rapper, author of Tasteful Nudes) and 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), courtesy of sponsor WITStream: The Oscars with Dave Hill and Jena Friedman

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($10, no min.): While it’s hard to beat the wit of pals Dave Hill & Jena Friedman (see directly above), if you’d rather be in Manhattan than Brooklyn, and have access to acclaimed food as well as drinks, consider watching the Oscars hosted by star comic Lynne Koplitz (Joan Know’s Best, IFC’s Z Rock, host of WB’s Life & Style) at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): The Oscars with Lynne Koplitz

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: TV & Broadway stand-up star Colin Quinn performs bits from a show he’s developing for an off-Broadway run that looks at US history “from the Founding Fathers to the Kardashians” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Unconstitutional with Colin Quinn

7:00 pm ($8): PIT upstairs theatre improvisors Nate Starkey & Chris Grace makes stuff up as Starkey & Grace

7:00 pm ($5): The comics at UCB East honor themselves for their cinematic achievements via UCB’s video sketch (Beta) teams: The Bettie Awards

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world such as Chris Gethard, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sketch, improv, and more at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City from comedy troupe Froduce

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Two master improvisors blow the roof off: Ed Herbstman & David Razowsky

8:00 pm ($7): Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV’s Pranked), Matt Graham (This Too Shall Suck one-man show at Soho Playhouse), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), Doogie Horner, and Sean O’Connor performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Caroline Creaghead: Creaghead & Company

8:00 pm ($8): A one-woman show by Berry Basile about “a Jersey girl in big city acting classes with Scarlet Johannson and Rosario Dawson. and a dating pool with a bunch of trust fund kids, searching for the Meatiest Role” at The PIT upstairs theatre: Meaty Role

[FREE] 8:00 pm: A slew of NYC comics “who may or may not be working on their Just for Laughs audition sets:” Justy Dodge (co-host of Too Much Information on; “I was kind of a tomboy growing up. Like, I had Barbies, but only because my Ninja Turtles needed bitches;” for dark bio video, please click here), Andrew Short, J.F. Harris, Nathan Macintosh, Tim Warner, Jon Savoy, Ben Conrad, and Harry Terjanian performing at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street) hosted by RG Daniels: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Free Oscar-themed improv at UCB East (this was originally scheduled as an Oscar viewing show, but there were last-minute technical difficulties with the live feed so it’s a pure stage show instead): Improv Jam

[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): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.) and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Missy Baker, Mike Stanley, Andrew Short, and Brendan Eyre performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Normally an all-gal storytelling show of “true tales with feelings; so many feelings…,”but tonight starring all guys instead: Casey Jost (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Ben Whitehouse, and Allen Arthur at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Caitlin Brodnick and Lisa Kleinman: Shut Up Storytelling Show

9:30 pm ($7): Sketch comedy at The Magnet, tonight from troupes Dispacho and Fat Kids: Magnet Sketch Teams

[ALMOST FREE] 9:30 pm ($1): Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Molly Austin & Mike Brown: Vicious Cycle

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:45 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), 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), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Showtime), and Sam Morril (Comedy Central) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Judah Friedlander, Marina Franklin, Mark Normand, and More

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($27.25, plus 2-drink minimum, at the door or online): One of the most skilled, funny, and beloved stand-ups in the country—and a personal favorite—who’s a staff writer for Saturday Night Live (for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), has performed repeatedly on Conan O’Brien and VH1’s Best Week Ever, and won the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up, headlining one last night for a red-hot run (there are tickets still available for this 10:00 pm performance only because it was added just this weekend after John’s other performances sold out in a flash) at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Mulaney

[FREE] 10:45 pm: Open-mic show for sketch and character bits running 3-5 minutes at The Magnet. Everyone who signs up—at 10:30 pm at the box office—is likely to get onstage: Sketch in Progress

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