NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/18/09

May 18, 2009

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Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere and author of new book Creating a Scene

Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere and author of new book Causing a Scene: Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places

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, Dan St. Germain, RG Daniels, Mark Normand, Myq Kaplan, Luke Cunningham, Aalap Patel, Blaine Perry, Danny Solomon, Sean Donnelly, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] [$] genius improvisors delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (8:00 pm).

[TOP PICK] stellar stand-ups Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central), Laura Krafft (The Colbert Report, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Marijuana-Logues), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1), and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

fresh sketch comedy from UCBT house groups Slow Burn and High Treason at Maude Night (8:00 pm),

[FREE] stand-up comedy in Brooklyn, tonight featuring Ophira Eisenberg, Mark Normand, Chelsea White, Adrienne Iapalucci, Jason Saenz, Jeff Ceruuli, and Erik Braunsteen at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly show Ed Sullivan on Acid (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and stellar improvisor Charlie Todd (Reuben Williams, C, C + C Improv Factory, Cage Match) hosts the book release show & party for his famed prank collective that stages surprise improvised events at improbable public locations: Improv Everywhere (9:30 pm).

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