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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] 8:00 pm ($5): Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Eric Drysdale (writer for The Daily Show, The Colbert Report), and Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central Presents, NPR’s This American LIfe) performing at Lolita Barhosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Todd Glass (Last Comic Standing, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), and Subhah Agarwal performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book industry pros 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-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Sandino, Still Mike, Mr. Crime, Grandma’s Ashes, and Deckard—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students play with reverse chronology in which the show starts with the last scene and ends with the first—all at Harold Night
8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improv troupe SidViscous debuts 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: 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] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), sketch troupe Elephant Larry, accordianist Franz Nicolay, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Pool (484 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars Camille Harris, Jordan Clifford, Bryan Condon, James Beard, Tim Skinner, and Timothy Whitney, and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles:The Moon Show
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Todd Glass (Last Comic Standing, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central Presents, NPR’s This American LIfe), and Will Forte (Saturday Night Live alum, MacGruber) 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.): Emily Heller, Selena Coppock, Noah Garfinkel, and Robert Dean performing stand-up on tonight’s topic of Reincarnation for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) hosted by George Gordon: The Afterlife
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): An award-winning rock musical debuting a brief run at The PIT with a terrific mostly-gal cast, including its wonderful star and choreographer Ashley-Wren Collins:Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood
9:30 pm ($5): At this unique new comedic storytelling show, “each performer narrates while panelists interrupt and interject until the funniest truth comes out,” with tonight’s guests Micah Sherman (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Scene), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), and Nate Fernald (Team Submarine) at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Nina Mozes (Risk!, Stuckey & Murray):Please Interrupt Me
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.) Al Madrigal (newest correspondent of The Daily Show), Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Jay Pharoah (cast member of Saturday Night Live), and Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live) performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club with host 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 John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives, host of storytelling show Oh, Hey Guys!), Streeter Seidell (College Humor), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien): The Tony and Johnny Show
[FREE] 10:00 pm: “Want to see your favorite stand-up comics get slapped by Satan himself? He only hosts bringer shows, but join Matt Wayne and Doug Smith as they step into the Big Man’s shoes and put NYC’s finest through comedy purgatory. Hula-hoops, celebrity impressions, unwanted audience participation, all incorporated into each performance! Will they triumph or will the nether world eat their souls? Come see for yourself in this monthly showcase” at Queens LIC’sThe Creek upstairs theatre: See You in Hell
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