NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/4/09

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Aziz Ansari and Nick Kroll

Aziz Ansari and Nick Kroll

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—tonight including Emily Epstein, Amy Beckerman, Chelsea White, Karen Batista, Hilary Schwartz, RG Daniels, Josh Comers, Charlie Kasov, Dan Mahoney, Dan Upham, Dan Cartwright, Sean Donnelly, Blaine Perry, Aalap Patel, and Matteson Perry—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents) performing what’s likely to be a mesmerizing comedic one-man show: Supernormal (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy star Greg Giraldo (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, Root of All Evil), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, Rejected!), stand-ups visiting from Britain and Ireland, and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

fresh sketch comedy from UCBT house groups Gorilla Gorilla and Stone Cold Fox at Maude Night (8:00 pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [FREE] and a gala blowout consisting of genius NYC comics who moved to LA but are back for a visit—Nick Kroll (one of the funniest humans alive; new feature film I Love You Man; co-star of HBO’s The Life & Times of Tim, FOX’s Sit Down, Shut Up, CBS’ Worst Week, ABC’s Cavemen), Aziz Ansari (one of the finest stand-ups ever; NBC’s Parks and Recreation, MTV’s Human Giant), and Sean Conroy (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, brilliant member of legendary improv troupe The Swarm)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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