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:
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (amazing human boombox; The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme, co-host of The BEATdown) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn (memorably featured here). Scheduling permitting, I can hardly wait to hear the story Chris has to tell at Oh, Hey Guys!
6:30 pm ($5): Two shows I know nothing about—and that, frankly, both sound kinda dumb: What Is Wrong With You Humans? and Our First Orgy—audition for a spot on the schedule of the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. If you’re feeling adventurous…: Spank
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Mortified
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm ($10 per show at the door, $9.27 online): The first annual New York Funny Song Festival is kicked off by stellar NYC comedic singers Jessica Delfino, Mindy Raf, Jen Kwok, The Reformed Whores, Rob Paravonian, Molly Pope, and host Myka Fox at 7:30; and then Ben Lerman, Barbara Holm, Boris Khaykin. Soce, Killy Dwyer, and host Giulia Rozzi at 9:00. Both shows are at the Lolita Bar (266 Broome Street), with more shows at other venues; click for the full schedule: New York Funny Songs Festival
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Livia Scott (magical comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien, Livia’s Castle of Enchantment), Jess Dweck (Jimmy Fallon), Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, ABC), and more pay homage to film classic Jaws at UCB East, with host Aaron Glaser: Cinerama: A Comedy Variety Show for Film Nerds
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo that’s become one of the very best attractions at UCB Chelsea and should not be missed: John & Scott
8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes Phooka, Hello Laser, The Boss, and Junior Varsity performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Charlie Whitcroft directing Jazz Freddie (improvised scenes that focus on show the past, present, and future of one character and then spirals into an exploration of the character’s world), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component): The Magnet’s Night Out
8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improv troupe SidViscous performs a change-of-pace scripted comedic play about “what happens when a gay single father gets caught in a lie and has to pretend his daughter is his wife whenever these mobsters are around, but can’t let his ex-wife or the private investigator she’s hired find out what he’s up to” at The PIT upstairs theatre: My Daughter, My Wife
[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, IFC), and Michael Che performing stand-up at UCB East with Dan as host/headliner: Bad at the Good Times
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and/or comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), Eric Slovin (former writer for Saturday Night Live, writing partner of Leo Allen), and Katina Corrao (HBO, Logo) performing at UCB Chelsea with the lone remaining NYC member of the SHAC, the lovely Shonali Bhowmik (ace singer/songwriter): Variety SHAC
9:30 pm ($8): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, co-host of Pirate Party and The Shinebox), Jessimae Peluso, Gonzalo Cordova, Sabrina Jalees, Frank Pfefferkorn, Stephanie Holmes, and Jonesy performing at The PIT upstairs theatre with hosts Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: The Stand-Up Comedy Showcase
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($9; or FREE COVER if you show up 30-60 minutes early and buy $9 worth of snacks/drinks): Mystery Science Theater 3000 goes street in this delightful series by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Donwill (hip-hop group Tanya Morgan) in which the boys watch a ridiculous movie and yell comments at it throughout. It all happens at Brooklyn’s reRun (147 Front Street, between Pearl & Jay Streets), with tonight’s film a happy surprise: Shouting at the Screen
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10 per show at the door, $9.27 online): The first annual New York Funny Song Festival continues with Myq & Micah, Carolyn Castiglia, Killy Dwyer, Rachel Parenta, and more at The Dressing Room (75A Orchard Street); for other shows running through Sunday, click for the full schedule: New York Funny Songs Festival
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Julia Wiedeman (fierce, fearless talent; fabulous one-woman show Naked People), Laura Willcox, and Olivia Henderson telling comedic tales at UCB East hosted by Erin Barker (Moth GrandSLAM champion; acclaimed as “adorable”) and Caitlin Brodnick (Moth StorySlam winner): Shut Up: An All-Female Storytelling Show
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Last week Airwolf renamed troupe Nobody’s Token to just Token, utterly crushing it 112-36. It was the 11th victory in a row for this juggernaut of the skies; and tonight Airwolf will set its claws on Hoops, a UCB East Lloyd improv troupe that includes such talents as Keisha Zollar (Doppelganger) and Caitlin Bitzegaio (fine UCBT writer/director). It’s West Side vs. East Side tonight competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match
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