NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/9/09

March 9, 2009

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NYC comedy's gala annual celebration: The ECNY Awards

NYC comedy's gala annual celebration happens tonight: The ECNY Awards

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),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] a who’s who of NYC comedy at the spectacular ECNY Awards (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Greg Giraldo (Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Root of All Evil, Comedy Central Presents), Brian Kiley (writer for Conan O’Brien; David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Andres du Bouchet (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, FOX’s Talkshow with Spike Feresten), Todd Levin (writer for Conan O’Brien; Comedy Central) and more at Liam McEneaney’s free Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

three hours of fresh new sketch comedy by talented young UCBT writer/performers at Maude Night (8:00 pm & 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a free weekly show featuring some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim), Mike Birbiglia (three Comedy Central specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me), Pete Holmes (one of the quickest & sharpest minds in comedy; VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central, The New Yorker), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central, Court TV, Sirius, The Onion), Todd Levin (writer for Conan O’Brien; Comedy Central), and John Wesley Harding (bestselling novelist Wesley Stace; singer/songwriter who performs “gangsta folk”)—guest-hosted this evening by the hilarious Bobby Tisdale (HBO, Comedy Central,, Invite Them Up) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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