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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] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Hugh Moore (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, The Tyra Banks Show), Justin McClure (NPR), and Gabe Pacheco (Anecdotal Evidence) performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy
[FREE] 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm: Students of The Magnet’s storytelling classes—taught by delightful award-winning storyteller Adam Wade—demonstrate what they’ve learned at two free shows featuring Corinne Allarde, Chris Eslami, Jody Kinney, Judy Peluchette, Catherine Pappas, Sean Reives, Nathan Rice, and Jennifer Sanders: Adam Wade’s Storytelling Class Showcase
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1′s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), the Found Footage Festival presenting great lost videos of Christmas Past, MC Mr. Napkins (Comedy Central Records), Creamy Stevens (Coney Island Burlesque on the Beach), and “a special guest” (as if all that wasn’t enough) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (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): Two of the finest stand-ups of our NYC community—Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1, recent ex-smoker) and gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC, Maxim and Cosmo Radio; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here)—plus Tim Dimond, Billy Prinsell, and more performing at the White Rabbit (145 East Houston Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday
8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, High Treason and Slow Burn, trying out new bits at Maude Night
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mike Lawrence (Just for Laughs Festival, Comix headliner), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central), Adam Conover, delightful host Erin Lennox (Fresh—see 11:00 pm), plus musical guests The Bandana Splits, debuting this new comedy show at the 11th Street Bar (510 East 11th Street between Avenues A & B): Great, You Ruined Christmas
8:00 pm ($5): Improv based on headlines from the amazing New York Post: Headless 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): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Louie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Eddie Brill (14 years as booker & warmup for David Letterman), Jessica Kirson (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Logo one-woman show My Cookie’s Gone), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Lee Camp (Jimmy Fallon, The Onion, The Huffington Post), and “a very special guest” performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Michael Ian Black (TV star of such wonderful hits as NBC’s Ed and MTV’s seminal sketch show The State, and more recently co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jack Dishel & Adam Green (Moldy Peaches), and more being interviewed on stage at Jamie Kilstein’s and Allison Kilkenny’s Citizen Radio Live
9:30 pm ($8): Kent Wood performs a one-man show about his life in show biz and his work as a “civilian therapist” helping celebrities through emotional crises, and Charles Sanchez does a one-man show about his being arrested in LA and hospitalized in Arkansas, in the double-bill A Gay in the Life and Arrested
10:00 pm ($5): Hip hop musical improv from Nick Brown, Don Romaniello, and Michael Short pretending to be NYC police officers: Rap Crimes Division
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Michael Ian Black (TV star of such wonderful hits as NBC’s Ed and MTV’s seminal sketch show The State, and more recently co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), and Sean Conroy (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, member of legendary improv troupe The Swarm)—guest-hosted by the wonderful and recently cigarette-free Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) 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 on this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and Erin Lennox: Fresh
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