NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 2/9/14

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Sasheer Zamata

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Vanessa Hollingshead

…and Vanessa Hollingshead headlines at Queens of Queens

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] 5:00 pm: A mix of longform, shortform, and musical improv from five groups, typically including Mishmosh, at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Michael Venzor: The Long and Short of It

6:00 pm ($5): A popular hip-hop improv troupe performs at The Magnet theatre: North Coast

7:00 pm ($8): A series of improvised romantic dumpings at The PIT upstairs theatre: Valentine’s Break-Up

7:00 pm ($10; no min.): Mary Dimino (Comedy Central, Gracie Allen Award, MAC Award, FringeNYC award-winning solo performer), Jim Dailakis, Corey Rodrigues, and John F. O’Donnell performing stand-up, plus musical guest Honor Finnegan, at the Irish Arts Center (553 West 51st Street) hosted by Ann Design & Finona Walsh: Sundays at Seven

7:30 pm ($7): Two sketch groups performing at The Magnet theatre: Party. and CA$H

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Showtime), Jermaine Fowler (MTV’s Guy Code and Wildn Out, Comedy Central, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!), Adam Lowitt (Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show), Ashley Brooke Roberts (co-host of The Dream Show), and Mike Stanley performing stand-up at UCB East guest-hosted by Michelle Wolf (staff writer for Seth Meyers; MTV’s Girl Code, IFC): If You Build It

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($10 online using discount code GRIFT; no min.): Joe Pera (hilarious and genius deadpan stand-up; for a very special one-minute set at Carolines, please click here; for Joe’s latest Kaufman awards submissions, please click here and here), Kurt Metzger (staff writer for Inside Amy Schumer; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Ugly Americans), Gary Vider (hilarious writer & deadpan stand-up; for sample jokes, please click here), Calise Hawkins (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, writer for, Anthony DeVito (Conan O’Brien, VH1, FX), and Yannis Pappas (Comedy Central, VH1) performing stand-up that rips something or someone deserving to shreds at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Joe Pera, Kurt Metzger, Gary Vider, Calise Hawkins, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb improvisors Leslie Meisel and Doug Stoley, plus teams Piscolada, Lambface, and host Skycopter (which includes the incredible David Carl), make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge: Act One

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm, 9:45 pm, and 11:30 pm ($14 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s lineups include Ali Wong, Gary Gulman, and Big Jay Oakerson at the 8:00 show; and Gary Gulman, Nick Griffin, Ryan Hamilton, and Lynne Koplitz at the 9:45 show, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar Sunday

[FREE] 8:00 pm: John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim), Missy Baker (Huffington Post), Josh Rabinowitz, Frank Liotti, and Trey Galyon performing stand-up at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street) hosted by RG Daniels: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] 8:00 pm ($10 & 2-item food/drink min.) Gay-themed stand-up in Queens, tonight featuring Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedy Central Presents), Veronica Elizabeth (Gay Straight Alliance at Stonewall), Rich Kiamco (WE’s 3 Men and a Chick Flick), Cara Kilduff (Here TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and Adam Chisnall (Second City Chicago) performing at Queens LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club (4738 Vernon Blvd.) hosted by Adam Sank: Queens of Queens

8:00 pm ($10): Improv troupe The Jessicas (which includes dynamic actress Jessica Sherr) makes stuff up with guest improvisor Leslie Collins, plus opening improv groups Hand Me Downs and Happy Karaoke Fun Time, all at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Jessicas Have a Crush on Leslie Collins

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Sasheer Zamata (red-hot newest SNL star), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Matt Wayne, Kenny DeForest, and Mike Stanley performing stand-up, plus music from DJ Tara, at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) with tonight’s guest host Victor Varnado: Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Adrienne Iapalucci (David Letterman, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Dan Shaki, Mike Stanley, and Daniel Kilpatrick performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at Beauty Bar

9:00 pm ($5): Chris Dwane & Dmitry Shein perform duo improv at The Magnet theatre, plus an improv trio that hangs out at Gregory’s Coffee: Chris & Dmitry and The Gregulars

9:30 pm ($10): A veteran sketch troupe performs at The PIT upstairs theatre: City Hall

[FREE] 9:45 pm: NYC stand-ups Maddog Mattern, Justy Dodge, Aaron Friedman, Josh Rosen, Joe Newman, Jimmy LeChase, and Danis Perafan performing at the upstairs Stand Up NY Labs (236 West 78th Street): Comedy Throwdown at the Labs

Sunday Open Mics & Open Stages

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early walk-in open-mic stand-up show (put your name in the bucket at 3:45), providing 3 minutes or more per comic at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Face-Plant Comedy Open Mic

[ALMOST FREE] 5:00 pm ($1): Sign up at 4:30 pm to do improv with experienced PIT performers at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Sasha Capelli, Eitan Levine, and Shaina Stigler: 10K Jam Jam

[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

9:30 pm ($3): Open-mic comedy, with 2 minutes per walk-in performer picked at random from a bucket of names, at The PIT downstairs lounge, hosted by Jonathan Morvay and/or Evan Williams: Child Support

[FREE] 10:00 pm: The only open-stage show for entire groups of improvisors and sketch comics, running weekly at UCB East hosted by Austin Rodrigues: Bring Your Own Team: Improv/Sketch Team Jam

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$15)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Laughing Devil
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club, with MST3K-style movie night on Thursdays; 2-drink min.)

From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: If you want to know what is happening in NYC comedy on a particular day, you gotta get hip to this dude Hy Bender and his site Best New York Comedy. The site is updated daily and features a super exhaustive look at what is happening in the NYC comedy world that particular day. The site is updated religiously…It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

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