NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/3/09

August 3, 2009

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Comedy greats Glenn Wool (above), Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry, and SNL's Bryan Tucker celebrate Liam McEneaney's birthday at Tell Your Friends
Comedy greats Glenn Wool (above), Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry, and SNL’s Bryan Tucker celebrate Liam McEneaney’s birthday at Tell Your Friends

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—with wildly varying quality, but potentially fun for those with short attention spans—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[TOP PICK] [FREE BEER] 8:00 pm ($5): Blowout celebration of host Liam McEneaney’s birthday, with some of the most brilliantly funny comics alive: Kristen Schaal, Todd Barry, Glenn Wool (visiting from the UK), and SNL’s Bryan Tucker—with free beer open bar from 7:00 pm on courtesy of tonight’s sponsor Pabst Blue Ribbon—at Lolita Bar stand-up comedy show Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s best house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($25, 2-item min.): An amazing comedic freestyle hip-hop group, using audience suggestions as a springboard for creating improvised music inspired by jazz, rap, and comedy, with Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale (Miranda and Veneziale are the writer and director of the Broadway hit In the Heights, which won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical), and more performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Freestyle Love Supreme

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Dan Fontaine, Julien Dionne, Phoebe Robinson, and many more performing at the final installment of the summer of Pat O’Shea’s Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom: Ed Sullivan on Acid

9:30 pm ($5): Improv veterans Peter Grosz (The Colbert Report) and John Lutz (SNL) making stuff up as comedy duo 2 Square

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight are comedy giants Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Andy Blitz, Glenn Wool, Kumail Nanjiani, and Sean Patton—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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