NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 7/4/14

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TV Alert: John Oliver and Martin Short are on David Letterman (repeated from 6/3); Julian McCullough is on Jimmy Fallon (repeated from 6/6); Betty White is on Craig Ferguson (repeated from 3/24)

Fourth of July Fireworks

Most of the usual suspects are closed for the 4th, but among tonight’s choices are a 12-hour improv festival at The PIT; world-class stand-up at Comedy Cellar, The Stand, and Eastville; and a pie party at The Creek

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:

Noon-Midnight ($5 per hour, $20 for pass to the entire festival): An improv festival running from noon to midnight at both the upstairs and downstairs theatres of The PIT, featuring 24 hour-long shows and two PIT house teams or indie groups per show, for a total of 48 improv teams to enjoy at this in-the-moment extravaganza: The 4th Annual PIT Indie-Pendence Day Improv Festival

[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups happen at 5:45-6:00 pm) at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Eli Sairs: The Orphanage

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 10:30 pm, and 12:15 am ($20-$24 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s comics include Neal Brennan, Michael Che, Greer Barnes, Lynne Koplitz, and Lenny Marcus at the 7:00 show; Neal Brennan, Michael Che, Greer Barnes, and Lynne Koplitz at the 8:00 show; Neal Brennan, Michael Che, Greer Barnes, and Lenny Marcus at 8:45 show; Neal Brennan, Michael Che, Gary Gulman, and Nick Griffin at the 10:30 show; and Michael Che, Dave Attell, Gary Gulman, Greer Barnes, Wil Sylvince, and Joe List at the 12:15 show, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) except for the 8:00 pm show at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue): Comedy Cellar Friday

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm, and 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): 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, co-star of feature film The Wrestler, star of delightful documentary The Crowd Work Tour), Mark DeMayo (retired NYC cop with great stories; MTV’s Guy Code), Aaron Berg (TV series 24 Hour Rental, documentary A Universal Language), Marc Theobald (Comedy Central), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

7:00 pm ($5): A 4th of July party featuring stand-ups Missy Baker, Peggy O’Leary, and more, plus a pie bake-off, a pie eating contest, free pie, and more at The Creek patio in Queens’ Long Island City: Pie Night!

[FREE] 7:00 pm: A one-man coming of age show by comic Brian Schiller at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: How I Lost My Virginity at 29 & Other Embarrassing Tales

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($20; no 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, co-star of feature film The Wrestler, star of delightful documentary The Crowd Work Tour), Mark Normand (hilarious red-hot rising star; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Half Hour, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Ari Shaffir (Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Down and Dirty, Comedy Central, National Lampoon, hour-long set Passive Aggressive), Dan St. Germain (enormously likeable and rapidly rising star who has several TV shows in the works; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Half-Hour Special, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Sherrod Small (writer/performer on TBS’ Are We There Yet?, Comedy Central, VH1), and Ben & Josh performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street): Todd Barry, Mark Normand, Ari Shaffir, Dan St. Germain, and More

[FREE] 8:00 pm: A stand-up show that also “parodies everything you love and hate about sports” with NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Mike Cody, Joel Walkowski, and/or Sam Evans: Bush League

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Lane Moore (The Onion), Jake Young, Lizzie Martinez, and Dustin Wesley performing stand-up at this free weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Cobra Club (6 Wyckoff Avenue) hosted by Erik Bergstrom, Ben Kronberg, and/or John F. O’Donnell: Live From Outer Space

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Neruda Williams…who will be celebrating the birthday of one of these comics with cake and beer: The Happy Happy Birthday Show

[FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing filthy sets at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Cock Cave Live

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