NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/1/09

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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—tonight including Livia Scott, Jared Logan, RG Daniels, Luke Cunningham, Mark Normand, Hilary Schwartz, Julia Segal, Karen Batista, Francoise Gordon, Blaine Perry, Sean Donnelly, Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] movie and TV superstar Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill (brilliant altcomic; HBO, VH1, Spike TV, The New York Times), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Adam Lowitt (producer for The Daily Show, host of This Is It!), Jena Friedman (host of Entertaining the Bartender), and more at Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] an intimate interview with the former writing partner of Al Franken about his new book, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There: Tom Davis (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] world-class comedic freestyle hip-hop from the stars of Freestyle Love Supreme (9:00 pm),

a one-man show from beloved comic Gabe Liedman and a musical comedy from sketch troupe The Calgary Whalers in No Answers and Serious Play: A Musical (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Ahna Tessler (sketch comic, screenwriter, New Yorker cartoon deconstructionist), and Team Submarine (comedy duo Nate Fernald & Steve O’Brien)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, HBO) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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