NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/12/12

June 12, 2012

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Eric Andre

Eric Andre, star of Adult Swim’s wonderful The Eric Andre Show, is briefly back in NYC…

Eric Andre

…and performing tonight at Sweet and Comedy Juice

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] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club

7:00 pm ($5): A two-person sketch show about dating and choices at The PIT downstairs lounge that I haven’t seen but sounds sweet & fun: The New York Smiths—Speed Dating

7:00 pm ($5): Twin brothers Buck & Clint Vrazel perform improv, sketch and musical comedy at The Magnet as duo TwinProv

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Ben McCool (comic book writer for PIGS, Choker) 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

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($15 at the door or $18.88 online): W. Kamau Bell (host of new FX late-night summer series Totally Biased, exec produced by Chris Rock; co-host of The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture podcast with Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Baratunde Thurston (author of How to Be Black; The Onion, Discovery Science), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), and Janine Brito (just moved here from San Francisco; 2011 “Best Comedian with a Message” via East Bay Express) performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson), Adam Pateman (NPR), and Josh Gondelman performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show hosted by Calvin Cole and Sharron Paul that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A musical show at UCB East describing itself as “Female-fronted folky-pop band. Hyper-articulate, nerdy, post-modern sort of musical comedy. Folk singalongs and catchy pop jams are merely the metaphorical table holding up the buffet of wordplay, sarcastic wit, and rapid-fire pop culture references:” Summer & Eve: Folky-Pop Musical Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Cathleen Carr (Two Girls for Five Bucks, Birds, The Scene) and Bob Kulhan (Second City, The Scene) host a show featuring two-person improv teams challenged with separation anxiety—the audience is asked to scramble them and create one-night-only pairings.The established duos participating tonight are Brigid Boyle & Alexis Saarela, Lucas Kavner & Bradford Jordan (Swords), and Cathleen Carr & Bob Kulhan at The PIT downstairs Lounge: Carr Kulhan: Dos Experimento

8:00 pm ($8): Newest PIT house sketch troupe National Scandal performs at The PIT downstairs lounge: National Scandal

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair

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: Aquarius and BEEES!

9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker, Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Jake Weisman (The Morning After podcast), and George Gordon performing on the topic Enlightenment for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted tonight by Emily Heller: The Afterlife

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; creator and co-star of genius new Adult Swim series The Eric Andre Show; HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC’s Apartment 23, Comedy Central, FOX, TBS), Neal Brennan (razor-sharp stand-up veteran; HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV), Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet

9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Johnny Romance, Creature, and Sandino—plus four separate three-person groups of advanced students each perform one long scene in a form called The Three-Hander—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Bunk; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), Dan McCoy (staff writer for The Daily Show), and musical guest Moon Hooch (2 saxophones + drums) are interviewed about “their earliest creative experiences and the nuances of having a creative career” for a weekly podcast that once a month goes live on the UCB East stage with hosts Andy Beckerman & Mark Bisi: Beginnings

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up and sketch at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, typically hosted by sketch troupes Savage Animal and/or Jerk Practice: Savage Animal

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Eric Andre (hilarious wild man; creator and co-star of genius new Adult Swim series The Eric Andre Show; HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, ABC’s Apartment 23, Comedy Central, FOX, TBS), Neal Brennan (razor-sharp stand-up veteran; HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), John Mooney (Reverend Gary on 30 Rock), Bryan Callen (The Hangover 1 and 2, Comedy Central, Chelsea Lately, HBO’s Entourage), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice

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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal practices for her upcoming one-hour taped special (in San Francisco) at UCB East. This has already sold out, but you might be able to get in if you’re okay with standing: Kristen Schaal: Going Blue

[FREE] 11:00 pm: 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

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