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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:
8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Joe List (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker), Leah Bonnema, The Lucas Bros, and Robert Dean performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A birthday celebration for Joe Garden (editor of The Onion), plus Todd Hanson (another editor of The Onion), Mike Trainor (TruTV), and “a super special secret guest stand-up” performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry guests joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PITdownstairs lounge: Comic Book Club
8:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Pat Bellatina “being selected as the keynote speaker at his former high school’s commencement. Will he be brave enough to admit that he knows nothing? This comedic musical memoir explores the illusion of success, the joys of lying, and growing up in the Bronx while pretending you didn’t” at The PIT upstairs theatre following a sold-out run at Ars Nova: No No No Yes
8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Still Mike, Creature, Very Good Kiss, Grandma’s Ashes, and Deckard—and at 11:00 pm a range of UCBT students getting on stage with improv veterans at The Lottery—all at Harold Night
[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
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), RG Daniels (host of Sunday Night Stand-Up), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet
9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Phoebe Robinson, Matt Ruby, Scott Moran, and Nate Fridson performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A): The Afterlife
9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Charlie Kasov, Tyler Gildin, Jason Quarles, and Ben Asher performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by twins Adam & Todd Stone, who for this weekly show leave behind their trademark suits: Jackets Off
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, 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 maybe a top female stand-up who’s performed on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, E!, and Chelsea Lately, plus lots more at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives), team up to create their special dark version of a comedy variety show at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Streeter Seidell (CollegeHumor), and Todd & Adam Stone (Last Comic Standing): The Tony and Johnny Show
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