NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 2/22/11

February 22, 2011

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Michael Showalter and Wyatt Cenac

Michael Showalter, whose new bestselling book you can buy at half-price by clicking on the photo above, and Wyatt Cenac, who will be on stage for the sheer love of the craft, perform tonight at Seth Herzog's "Sweet"

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:

7:00 pm ($5): Grace Helbig & Michelle Vargas parodying Lady Gaga and pop music in general in this singing sketch show: graceNmichelle: The Hamster Ball

7:00 pm ($5): Six improvisors play themselves on stage (similar to Naked in a Fishbowl) in Self Image ; and in the second half of this double-bill, eight improvisors trace the storylines of characters at a single event suggested by an audience member in Hell Buffalo

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress, Chris Sullivan a.k.a. Shockwave, Victor Varnado, Aidan Bishop, and Myka Fox performing at the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb veteran improvisors—including Tara Copeland, Matt Higgins, and Matt Oberg—performing as new  troupe HugeTown

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Dybbuk, Standard Oil, Grandma’s Ashes, Badman, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm an improv show that begins and ends with the same scene—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: A lineup devoted to stand-ups from New Jersey—Mollie Sperduto, Alec Sobel, Peter Elias, Adam Mamawala, and more—performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) hosted by comedic rapper Andrew Singer and the delightful Abbi Crutchfield: Positively Awesome

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: The Sound & The Fury and Rebound

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent on The Daily Show), Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues; author of bestselling new book Mr. Funny Pants), Bobby Tisdale (former co-host of legendary and seminal NYC downtown comedy show Invite Them Up), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (finalist on last summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sean Donnelly (host ofLil’ Seany Boy), Susan Prekel, and more performing at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

9:30 pm ($5): Elizabeth Blue performing her one-woman show in which she searches for meaning and happiness: Am I Blue

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/21/11

February 21, 2011

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Michael Showalter's Mr. Funny Pants

Michael Showalter has a new bestselling book, so go see him perform tonight at Hot Tub Variety

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] 6:00 pm: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

7:00 pm ($5): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and duo improv from Ruby Marez and Binu Paulose will improvise within a single scene, in the double-bill The Cascade and RuBin

7:00 pm ($5): Comedy troupe Dept. of Etc. performing a show taking a silly look at reproduction:The Miracle of Birth

[FREE] 7:30 pm: The delightful Abbi Crutchfield (MTV, VH1, co-host of Positively Awesome), Adam Pateman, Doug Smith, Vlad Caamano, and Miguel Dalmau performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub guest-hosted tonight by Ray Marshall: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues; author of bestselling new book Mr. Funny Pants), Patrick Borelli (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and previously for Conan O’Brien; Adult Swim, ESPN; author of book Holy Headshot!), and Katina Corrao (HBO, Comedy Central, VH1) performing at Brooklyn’sLittlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, Ashley Ward, and tonight’s guest Chelsea Clarke (Reuben Williams)—making up a musical on the spot along with virtuoso improv pianist Frank Spitznagel: Diamond Lion

8:00 pm ($5): Improv based on headlines from the amazing New York PostHeadless Body in Topless Bar

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention HyReviews.com [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Stand-up & 30 Rock star Judah Friedlander; stellar storytellers Tom Shillue, Ophira Eisenberg, and Andy Christie; superb stand-ups Dan St. Germain and Leah Dubie; and author Bob Powers performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

8:30 pm ($5): Duo improv set in the roarin’ 1920s from David Levin & Alex Marino in The Cousins Zell; and duo improv from friends-like-sisters Lindsey Dinsmore & Julia Hynes in Sisser

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Arbuckle and Stone Cold Fox, trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): A one-woman show from Julie Ann Dulude about being raised by strict Catholic parents: Bless This Mess

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include John Mulaney, Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, and Carmen Lynch—at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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