NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 1/26/09

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Sandy Rustin

Sandy Rustin

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by colored 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 Jackie Monahan, Margie Kment, Claudia Cogan, Emily Epstein, Becky Ciletti, Lisa Kaplan, Alice Wetterlund, Mark Normand, RG Daniels, Luke Cunningham, Mike Lawrence, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] luminous Broadway actors including Tony nominee Jonathan Kaplan, Jenn Gambatese, and Sandy Rustin 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] star stand-up comic Marc Maron (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central), genius comedy writer Brian Kiley (staffer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien since 1994), and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

stand-ups Luke Cunningham (The Colbert Report) and Dan Mahoney (Rooftop Comedy), sketch comedy duo The Money Kids (Lauren Lapkus & Candy Lawrence), musical group The Young Dads, and singer/songwriter Andrew Thompson performing at a free weekly variety show in Brooklyn hosted by the razor-sharp Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

two ace Chicago-trained improvisors, Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report) and John Lutz (writer/actor for Saturday Night Live since 2004; 30 Rock), making up scenes as 2 Square (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—tonight maybe including comedy genius and TV/movie star Zach Galifianakis (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Comedians of Comedy), plus AD Miles (Conan O’Brien, Saturday Night Live, Human Giant, Reno 911, Stella), Tony Camin (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Josh Fadem (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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