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[TOP PICK] [ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): In this delightful new open-mic show, each comic has 3 minutes to try out a character-based bit (e.g., for a solo show, sketch, or audition)—plus performances by Katie Hartman (Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting) and musical duo Squirm and Germ—at The PIT downstairs lounge, hosted by Jen Kwok (Comedy Central) and Keisha Zollar (Doppelganger): Imposter Open Mic
[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm show ($10 at the door or online; includes free homemade ice cream cakes!; $8 at the door with ID proving you were born in December): Comedic storytelling by A.J. Jacobs (New York Times bestselling author, Editor-at-Large for Esquire), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 18-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas The Adam Wade Show, Tales of the Cosmos, and Whatever Happened to the Nerds?; for a sampling of Adam’s award-winning tales, please click here), David Crabb (frequent host of The Moth, co-host of Ask Me Stories), and Jennifer Tress (xojane, Huffington Post), all telling tales for this monthly show at the Le Poisson Rouge’s The Gallery (158 Bleecker Street), with a 20% discount for those poor souls born near Christmastime such as host Robin Gelfenbien (December 26th—almost like not having a birthday at all…): Yum’s the Word
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-Midnight ($7 for the whole evening): In this 5-hour extravaganza, four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Aquarius and Legend (at 7:00) and Mint Condition and BEEES! (at 8:30); followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe Mint Condition to make up stories in song: Musical Magnet Mixer
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Jon Gabrus (MTV’s Guy Code, sketch partner of Justin Tyler) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
7:30 pm-Midnight ($5): A special holiday edition of long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Rocks, GoodGirl, The Regulars, Sherlock & Cookies, Salmon Diane, Guthrie, A Sparrow, and Bucky: The Longest Harold Night of the Year
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, one hour special & CD/DVD New in Town, VH1′s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Jamie Lee (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), and Annie Lederman (Comedy Central, co-host of Pirate Party) performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Halle Kiefer: Splitsider and Tumblr’s Dog and Pony Show
8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing, MTV, Logo, here! TV), Phoebe Robinson (TV Guide’s 100 TV Shows To See Before You Die and 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders, Huffington Post), George Gordon, and more performing stand-up on this week’s topic I See the Light at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and hosted tonight by Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices): The Afterlife: I See the Light
[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (for an update, please click here) performing at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) hosted by Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, notable hair): Crime & Punishment
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Colin Quinn (former anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update and star of Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; Broadway one-man show Long Story Short), Michael Che (David Letterman, Comedy Central), Captain Kirk Douglas (guitarist/singer of Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots), and more performing at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet
[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Sean Donnelly, Robert Dean, Steve O’Brien, and/or Kevin McCaffrey: Comedy at Alligator Lounge
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives)—with tonight given over to their sisters Tawney and Joane (“Come see these two beer-pickled fuck sluts ruin the show for everyone!”)—at UCB East, plus tonight’s guests Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000), Emmy Blotnick (staff blogger for Jimmy Fallon, MTV), and Alice Wetterlund (improv troupe Garamond; College Humor), plus producer Andy Rocco: The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Politically incorrect stand-ups compete in this unique show for which each comic performs a set and then has to provide biting commentary on a popular online video. The audience then votes on who was the most savagely funny and has won the right to return the following month. It all happens at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Mike Feeney: On the Offensive
[$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Kyle Dunnigan (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Reno 911), Al Jackson (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, Upload with Shaq, MTV), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, MTV), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, CNN, TBS): ComedyJuice
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