NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/31/13

March 31, 2013

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Henry Zebrowski

Award-winning sketch group Murderfist’s founding members Henry Zebrowski…

Ed Larson

…and Ed Larson torture Jesus Christ at Big Fat Scary, then join a small army of storytellers at Sara Benincasa’s Family Hour with Auntie Sara

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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 5:00 pm: Very dark religious comedy from the award-winning members of sketch troupe Murderfist: “As we all sit and stuff our faces with chocolate eggs filled with corn starch placenta, it’s good to remember the reason for the season: the torture and murder of the only cool nice guy in pre-history. Watch Henry Zebrowski, Ed Larson, and Ben laugh at what critics call ‘a combo of Saw and Lincoln‘ on this most holy day, with special guest Jesus Christ—man, can Jesus scream:” Big Fat Scary Presents: The Passion of the Christ

[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: 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

[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: ASSSCAT 3000

7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [FREE] 8:00 pm (no cover, and no drink minimum, using discount code FIVE online): Judah Friedlander (one of the quickest minds in comedy; 30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody), Gary Gulman (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central, HBO, The Apprentice, opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), and Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents) performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street). This is a great comedy club lineup, and especially since this show is free if you use the discount code: Judah Friedlander, Gary Gulman, Rachel Feinstein, and More

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: A small army of comedic storytellers including Leslie Goshko, Janine Brito, Emily Epstein, Jenny Rubin, and Kambri Crews, plus sketch troupe Murderfist’s Henry Zebrowski and Ed Larson, and more performing at The Bowery Electric Map Room (327 Bowery, off 2nd Street) with host Sara Benincasa (NBC’s Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, CNN, MTV, author of Agorafabulous): Family Hour with Auntie Sara

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Joe List (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Adam Conover (VH1’s Best Week Ever, College Humor, host of Fresh Out), Jared Freid (MTV’s Failosophy), and more performing at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street) hosted by RG Daniels: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups do their best to impress judges for Montreal’s most prestigious comedy festival at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Just For Laughs Montreal Showcase

[$] 8:00 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Gary Gulman (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Gregg Rogell (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Louie, Comedy Central), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), and Jeff Lamp (Jay Leno) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by William Stephenson: Gary Gulman, Gregg Rogell, Greer Barnes, and More

8:00 pm ($7): Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; 30 Rock, Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, film actor; host of Sweet), Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Allen Strickland Williams, and Jacqueline Novak performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Caroline Creaghead: Creaghead & Company

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($7): Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show), Leo Flowers, and Jon Laster performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (former staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, The Eric Andre Show, host of Comedy Night, one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace): Comedy Night

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 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): Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Showtime, MTV, IFC), Andrew Schulz (MTV2’s Guy Code), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Carmen Lynch (David Letterman, Last Comic Standing finalist, Comedy Central), Alison Leiby, Matthew Maragno, Lindsay Boling, Nathan Macintosh, and Peggy O’Leary 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): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, Phillip Jackson, and/or Steve Theiss hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): An all-gal storytelling show of “true tales with feelings; so many feelings…,” tonight featuring Jodi Lennon, Lea Palmieri, and Hillary Rea at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Caitlin Brodnick and Lisa Kleinman: Shut Up Storytelling Show

[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), Colin Jost (Co-Head Writer for Saturday Night Live; Jimmy Fallon), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Greer Barnes (David Letterman, Chappelle Show, For the Love of the Game), and Modi (HBO’s The Sopranos, Comedy Central) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by William Stephenson: Judah Friedlander, Colin Jost, Nick Griffin, and More

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may include you: Improv Nerds Jam

[$] 11:30 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Nikki Glaser (co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing; podcast You Had to Be There), Jon Fisch (David Letterman, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Wil Sylvince (Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View), Andy Hendrickson (David Letterman), and Godfrey (Comedy Central Presents, Louie, 30 Rock, VH1; films Zoolander, Original Gangsters, Soul Plane; 7 Up Yours ads) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Nikki Glaser, Jon Fisch, and More

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