NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/24/08

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, tonight including Joe DeVito, Margie Kment, Emily Epstein, Matt Ruby, Daniel Dratch, Dan St. Germain, Blaine Perry, and Sean Donnelly—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous actors including Sandy Rustin (Comedy Central’s upcoming The Scariest Show on TV) mixing it up with brilliant improvisors such as Michael Delaney and Anthony King as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at Gravid Water (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a free weekly comedy show in Brooklyn featuring superb comics Adira Amram, Seth Herzog, Taylor Williamson, Margot Leitman, and Matt Goldich, plus music from Car on the Moon, hosted by the razor-sharp Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] typically stellar stand-up comics who perform their sets but are periodically interrupted by the host—one of the funniest men on the planet, Doug Benson—at a very special show called The Benson Interruption (9:30 pm).

[TOP PICK] and one of the sharpest and most popular stand-up comics in the country performing an hour-long set: Demetri Martin (11:00 pm).

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