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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 $) include:
[$] 5:00 pm ($16.50 & 2-drink min.) A nice guy who’s been toiling as an NYC stand-up since 2001 gets a break today with this gig headlining at the Carolines Comedy Club: Mick DiFlo
[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm ($15, which includes 1 drink; reservations highly recommended by calling 212.989.9319): Four funny people tell amazing stories. Three of the tales are absolutely true…but one of them is a pack of lies. The audience then asks questions to try and identify the fibber—and everyone who does gets a free t-shirt! This evening’s yarn-spinners are Diana Spechler (author ofSkinny), Peter Aguero (Conan O’Brien), Carter Edwards, and Andy Christie (The New York Times, NPR, Moth GrandSlam Champion, exceptionally nice guy). Come to the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) and let host Andy Christie attempt to mislead you at The Liar Show
[FREE] 7:00 pm: Comedic solo performances—storytelling, sketch, and whatever else isn’t stand-up or improv—from Nick Vatterott, Amber Nelson, Matt Koff, Shalyah Evans, Kimberly Rossiter, and Austin Rye at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Bill Stiteler & Adam Schwartz: Wank
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Anthony King, Joe Bill, Ed Herbstman, Becky Drysdale, Kay Cannon, Christina Gausas, and other stellar performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and legendary Chicago improv institutions—all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): I can’t imagine how this double-bill came to be, but two of the unlikeliest stand-ups to be on a stage together—Jimmy Fallon and Bobby Slayton—share the headlining tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jimmy Fallon and “The Pitbull”
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Tim Dimond, Nore Davis, and Jeff Wesselschmidt at this “comedy chat show with boundary issues” that has stand-ups perform sets and then be interviewed about their personal lives at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Matt Ruby & Mark Normand (who says “all these guys were hand-picked because they’re funny and have some serious problems; when you read this lineup you’re gonna be like “oh yeah, that guy is a mess”): We’re All Friends Here
[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s made a fortune from dysfunction headlining tonight and Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Christopher Titus
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo
9:00 pm ($7): “Strange, mysterious, beautiful, and disgusting, this show will dazzle you with sketch comedy… and magic!” from witchy duo Angela DeManti & Emily Shapiro: The Weird Sisters
[$] 9:00 pm & 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): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1′s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show) and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club’s A-List
9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer
[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King interviews an audience member about where he or she grew up and then creates an entire show based on the mini-bio: The Curfew: Not From Around Here
10:30 pm ($7): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney as comedy duo Trike
[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Jena Friedman (newest Writer for David Letterman), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Death by Roo Roo, Two-Man Movie), and musical guest Megan Kerper performing with host Andy Rocco at Underground Americana
[FREE] Midnight: A weekly chance for you to shine, as students and veteran improvisors share the stage to form “rare and wonderful one-night-only teams,” with sign-up starting at 11:30 pm: Magnet Mixer
[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney
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