NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/16/09

February 16, 2009

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Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo demonstrating why she’s one of the most respected and beloved comedic performers in entertainment history as she chats with superb interviewer Carl Arnheiter at Inside Joke (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant, passionate comedy star Marc Maron (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO and Comedy Central specials), Reggie Watts (genius comedic improv beatboxer, winner of 2007 Andy Kaufman award), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] Livia Scott (brilliant comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien), Matt Mccarthy (Comedy Central, Verizon FIOS guy), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Stripped Stories), Jiwon Lee (Root of All Evil), and musical group The Rich Kids 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—who tonight include TV & movie star Paul F. Tompkins (host of VH1’s Best Week Ever; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, Root of All Evil, HBO), John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the biz; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien), and Andrea Rosen (fresh, razor-sharp stand-up; VH1, Comedy Central, Variety SHAC) —hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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