NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/23/13

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Catch a new The Jeselnik Offensive—reportedly featuring Reggie Watts and Kumail Nanjianiat—10:30 pm on Comedy Central

Selena Coppock's The New Rules for Blondes

Selena Coppock celebrates the release of her book The New Rules for Blondes—not to mention her upcoming birthday on Thursday—with a reading, free booze, and free blondies at Brooklyn’s Littlefield

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

6:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min. for both comics and audience members): Open mic stand-up providing 5-7 minutes per comic, running 2 1/2 hours. Arrive 30 minutes before the show to get on the signup sheet. This is a fine opportunity to perform at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club Open Mic

[FREE] 6:15 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types providing 2 minutes for each performer (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Jay Dean and Tynan DeLong: Two Nice Guys Open MIc

[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: Vulcan and Fisticuffs (at 7:00), Legend and Aquarius (at 8:00), and Mint Condition at 9:00 pm), followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with a musical improv group to make up stories in song: Magnet Musical Megawatt

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Jordan D. White (editor of Deadpool, ukelele player) 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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($8): “Ever wonder why a super-intelligent ape like Gorilla Grodd would want to do battle with the fastest man alive in The Flash?” Comics Stephie Acevedo, Langston Belton, Tom Brennan, Emerald Catron, Destiny Rivera, and Peter Velezwill will talk comic books with tonight’s guest Fred Van Lente (writer of Amazing Spider-Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Action Philosophers) and then perform comic book improv! This new show at The PIT upstairs theatre sounds great…except for its rather ugly timing, as it’s been placed opposite the only other show in New York with this theme, Comic Book Club (see directly above). PIT guys, unless you’re mad at the wonderful Comic Book Club folks, please rethink the time slot—and also this show’s semi-offensive stigmatizing title about one of our finest forms of pop culture (and that with movie franchises ranging from Dark Knight to The Avengers to X-Men has at this point become way mainstream): Nerd Is the Word

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: This weekly 2-hour open-mic storytelling show allows each performer a full 8 minutes to tell a compelling and funny tale at Queens LIC’s The Creek downstairs lounge, tonight featuring guest co-host Gavin Starr Kendall (co-creator of the Bad Film Festival) and host Jake Hart: The Dump

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

[TOP PICK] [FREE, plus FREE BOOZE & BLONDIES] 8:00 pm: Selena Coppock’s first book, The New Rules for Blondes, was released today. To celebrate this event—not to mention Selena’s birthday on Thursday—Selena will be performing a reading of choice excerpts of her wonderful comedic opus, while providing you with hundreds of dollars worth of free booze and free blondies at this free show/party at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street). While her notice doesn’t mention it, hopefully Selena will also be selling personally signed copies of her book; but in case you can’t attend, please celebrate both the launch and Selena’s birthday by buying her book today online (I just did precisely that…): Selena Coppock’s Free Booze & Blondies Book Release Party for The New Rules for Blondes

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Cammi Climaco & David Crabb host this monthly storytelling show, with tonight’s stellar guests Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of NPR’s trivia/puzzle show Ask Me Another, new book Screw Everyone), Blaise Allysen Kearsley (host of How I Learned), Micaela Blei, and more at the Axis Theatre (1 Sheridan Square, near West 4th Street and Seventh Avenue): Ask Me Stories

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($12 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Great lineup of Amy Schumer (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, 30 Rock, great new DVD/CD Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff), Colin Quinn (SNL, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, HBO, NBC, Broadway), Tom Papa (host of Jerry Seinfeld-produced NBC comedy The Marriage Ref; numerous appearances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno; three Comedy Central specials), Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show), Jeff Lamp (Jay Leno), and Turae (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua (HBO’S Bad Boys of Comedy, Comedy Central): Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Tom Papa, and More

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15, no min.): Great lineup of TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Nick DiPaolo (star stand-up, with numerous appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Louie; Emmy-nominated comedy writer, talk show host), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Half-Hour Special, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), Chris Distefano (Comedy Central, MTV2’s Guy Code), and Carole Montgomery (Showtime, Oprah) performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Janeane Garofalo, Nick DiPaolo, Nick Griffin, Dan St. Germain, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): “Musical sketch comedy that skewers and dissects pop culture one roll of the dice at at time” at The PIT upstairs theatre: Pop Roulette

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Music from Shonali Bhowmik (Tigers & Monkeys, Variety SHAC), storytelling by Ed Gavagan (TED Talks, The Moth), stand-up from Kara Klenk (Comedy Central, Spike, Nickelodeon; host of If You Bring It), and character sketch from Johnathan Fernandez (VH1, Stone Cold Fox) at UCB East hosted by Sharon Spell and featuring Jill the Shrink Dancer: The Big Shrink

8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Jamie Lee (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), Hari Kondabolu (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, , FX’s Totally Biased), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Anthony DeVito (Conan O’Brien, VH1, FX), Dwayne Kennedy (Totally Biased), and Kiran Deol performing stand-up on tonight’s theme American Pie at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon, and hosted tonight by Josh Gondelman & George Gordon: The Afterlife: The Day the Music Died

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

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups 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): Great variety tonight, with oddball solo sketch from Saturday Night Live star Vanessa Bayer, auto-tuned music from The Gregory Brothers, stand-up from Mark Normand (hilarious rising star; Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; opens for Amy Schumer; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), and more performing at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes A Sparrow, Salmon Diane, and Bucky—plus advanced improv students make up scenes chock-full of genre conventions, tropes, and archetypes for improv form The Genre—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Brilliantly innovative improvisor Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, The Nights of Our Lives) plays his future self, “old and dying, after his illustrious and fame-filled career has wanted, interviewed by an ageless Andy Rocco;” plus stand-ups Josh Rabinowitz, Anthony P. Devito, and Luke Thayer, all performing at the UCB East theatre: The Tony Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): “Improvised one-acts in the style of prominent playwrights and genres, spontaneously generating an original and hilarious work of instantly important theater right before your eyes” at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Improvised Play

[$] 10:00 pm ($12 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Gary Gulman (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), William Stephenson (FX’s Louie, The Chris Rock Show), Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), and Mike Vecchione (Last Comic Standing, Howard Stern) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua (HBO’S Bad Boys of Comedy, Comedy Central): Nick Griffin, Gary Gulman, Greer Barnes, and More

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV), Luis J. Gomez, Dave Smith, and other NYC stand-ups performing live on stage for this podcast show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Legion of Skanks

[ALMOST FREE] 11:00 pm ($1): 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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