NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/20/09

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The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi

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, Jared Logan, Rob Lathan, RG Daniels, Mark Normand, Luke Cunningham, Matt Ruby, Lisa Kaplan, Raquel D’Apice, Francoise Gordon, Dan Upham, Blaine Perry, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] top comedic storytellers telling tales of being on the road, with tonight’s participants Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion who’s on a cross-country tour while living in her truck and will be performing via Webcam), Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Reno 911), Daisy Rosario (Moth Grandslam Champion), Chris Kipiniak (comic book writer and actor), and Jeff Simmerson (who tells about being a hired killer) at host Seth Lind’s Told: The Rough Guide (7:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of Whiplash), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), and more at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] stand-up comedy in Brooklyn, tonight featuring sharp comedic storyteller Rob Gorden, plus stand-ups Jen Grant, Dan Boulger, Jay Welch, Ruhbin Mehta, Jacquline Kabat, Joe Fury, and Erik Bergstrom, at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly show Ed Sullivan on Acid (9:00 pm),

a comedic play about what goes in an adolescent female mind, and what appears to be an oddball sketch comedy show, in Fantasies of a 12-Year-Old Girl and O’Hooligan and the Holligans (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 Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya) and Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; Magic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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