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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 $) include:
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 6:00 pm: The adorable Megan Neuringer (HBO’s Flight Of The Conchords, Comedy Central’s Strangers With Candy, FOX’s Fringe, VH1′s Best Week Ever, MTV; freelance writer for Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, Bravo, VH1, MTV, Spike) and Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV) co-host tonight’s edition of this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East (while regular host John Flynn is out of town): Oh, Hey Guys!
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($20): 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 ($5): This show has 25 comics write a screenplay in round-robin one-page-at-a-time fashion (a ala Exquisite Corpse) and then perform it via a staged reading at UCB East. Tonight’s sequel promises to be a blockbuster: Left Handed Radio: Dark Knight 4
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Brent Sullivan presents fake profiles he used to communicate via social networks with people he’d normally be terrified to contact at Profiles in Cowardice…
8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Brick, and Junior Varsity performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Neil McNamara directing Deep Dish (long-form improv interspersed with character monologues), 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
[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): Brooke Van Poppelen (writer for MTV’s Epic Fall; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Andy Haynes (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), and David Smithyman performing at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced by 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway: Comedy as a Second Language
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Scott Rogowsky (writer for The Onion, co-host of 12 Angry Mascots) returns to The PIT upstairs theatre to host “a unique talk show experience that needs to be experienced to be experienced. There will be plenty of bits, skits, chits and chats, and maybe that pretty girl you saw on the 6 train last night will be in the audience! It’s a big city, but you run into people,” with tonight’s guests Mark Douglas (The Key of Awesome), Dominique DiCaprio (model/actress), Chris Baron (The Spin Doctors), and stand-up Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special): Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on the UCB Chelsea stage—along with stand-ups Dan Gurewitch, The Lucas Brothers, Michelle Wolf, Barry Rothbart, and more—at CollegeHumor Live
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC comics perform original characters and short sketches at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, with tonight’s lineup Matthew Robert Gehring (The Story Pirates, Political Subversities), Emma Tattenbaum (Political Subversities), Jon Bander (What’s To Get?, Animated Stories), Natasha Rothwell (UCBT), Jeremy Bent (Harold Night improv troupe Bucky), Angel Yau (Philly SketchFest), and Boat Comedy (The PIT, SF SketchFest) hosted by Melissa Gordon: Little Bits
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupe Good Dad, comprised of such superstars as Neil Casey, Fran Gillespie, and Jon Gabrus, triumphed over Greasy Lake last week but by a slim margin of 98-74. Tonight it faces an even bigger challenge, from stellar musical improv group Diamond Lion. Don’t miss these titans compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match
11:00 pm ($5): Layer by layer, improvisers build a town based on an audience member’s suggestion for the town’s name, while an artist paints a large map of the town based on the improvisers’ descriptions. This cool-sounding show is at The PIT downstairs lounge: Our Town
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