NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/23/09

September 23, 2009

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YouTube sensation Miranda Sings shares her hate mail on tonight's Rejection Show

YouTube sensation Miranda Sings shares her fan hate mail on tonight's Rejection Show

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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A comedic musical I’ll finally be catching tonight and am expecting to be way fun, and Mike Still, Leslie Meisel, and writer Geoff Garlock performing five terrifying sketch comedy tales that I also expect to be way fun, in the delightfully mismatched double-bill Girl Camp and I Laughed Until I Died

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15): One of the most talented, sexy, funny, and beloved rising stars to come out of the NYC comedy scene, and who’s since moved to LA but is debuting a comedic one-act play tonight at Ars Nova: Kimmy Gatewood: Make Up Break Up!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Jared Logan (who’s guest-hosting tonight), Myq Kaplan, Liam McEneaney, Sean O’Connor, and John F. O’Donnell performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar produced by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Stellar storyteller Melanie Hamlett, plus stand-ups Brent Sullivan, Lee Rubenstein, Leah Bonnema, Mick Diflo, and M. Dickson performing at a free weekly East Village show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Sean Patton (darkly smart, funny comic; Comedy Central), DC Benny (Comedy Central Presents special), and Edith Zimmerman performing at a free weekly show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by new Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate (look for Jenny tomorrow night on SNL’s Weekend Update Thursdays 8:00 pm on NBC), Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Hilarious YouTube sensation Miranda Sings (for samples of this wildly popular parody act, please click here and here), brilliant writer-comics Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues) and Joe Mande (co-host of superb NYC live comedy show Totally J/K; writing book for St. Martin’s Press based on his blog Look at This Fucking Hipster), and more share their “very special” fan feedback at Jon Friedman’s The Rejection Show: You’ve Got Hate Mail Edition

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10-$15 suggested donation): A networking party mixing NYC theatre and comedy folks from 9:30 to 10:00 pm, and then a full-blown comedy show with brilliant storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, and stand-ups Hari Kondabolu, Amy Johnson, and Dave Greek at The Sage Theatre, hosted by Christian Polanco (taking the reins from the luminous Margie Kment, who’s now busy becoming a star in LA) at Hold for the Laughs

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly—but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 9/22/09

September 22, 2009

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Aziz Ansari helps celebrate the return of one of the finest comedy shows in NYC: Pete Holmes' and Jessi Klein's Punch Up Your Life

Aziz Ansari helps celebrate the return of one of the finest comedy shows in NYC: Pete Holmes' and Jessi Klein's free Punch Up Your Life

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:

5:00 pm & 8:00 pm (NYTVF pass): The New York Television Festival, running through September 26, has two comedy panels today: The Future of Comedy at 5:00 pm, with Brent Haynes (East Coast Senior VP of Series Development at MTV) and Debbie DeMontreux (Senior VP of Original Programming at IFC TV), running 45 min.; and Late Show with David Letterman Writer’s Room at 8:00 pm, with co-head writers Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel, moderated by SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, running 75 min. For details on getting festival passes, please visit the Web site of The New York Television Festival

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Writer David Gallaher & artist Steve Ellis, the creators of Zuda Comics High Moon (a Western comic book about werewolves that’s published on the Web), joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Ragnaröck, Scootch, Robber Baron, The Law Firm, and DeCoster, followed by UCBT students improvising a Cops & Robbers story on the spot based on an interview with a randomly selected audience member—all at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Abbi Crutchfield, Luke Thayer, and Ray Ellin performing at the Conker Hill Bar, hosted by Doug Adler & Harris Bloom: Comedy at Conker Hill

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: After an August hiatus, this wonderful free weekly show triumphantly returns with TV stars Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant) and Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), plus superb comic Joe Mande (co-host of superb NYC live comedy show Totally J/K; writing book for St. Martin’s Press based on his blog Look at This Fucking Hipster) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe, and hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Some of the finest comics in the country—Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric Company; Jimmy Fallon), Whitney Cummings (visiting from LA; HBO, ABC, FOX, Showtime), Ben Kronberg (visiting from LA; Jimmy Kimmel, Carson Daly), and more—performing at the famed LES weekly stand-up show at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman in Ochi’s Lounge hosting guest comics Lisa Kaplan, Calvin Cato, and Clayton Fletcher at Dykes on Mics

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 9/21/09

September 21, 2009

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TV star Aziz Ansari headlines tonight at both Tell Your Friends and Whiplash

TV star Aziz Ansari headlines tonight at both Tell Your Friends and Whiplash

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.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 7:15ish pm: Sharp stand-ups Helen Hong, Julian McCullough, Tom McCaffrey, Dave Greek, and Jayson Cross performing at this new free weekly show at the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): World-class stand-up and TV star Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant), The Trachtenburg (hilarious family musical act), stand-ups Jamie Kilstein, Mike Birch, and Rob Paravonian, and an eating contest pitting The Onion editor Joe Garden against show producer Liam McEneaney at the Lolita Bar for the 4-year anniversary celebration of Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): The talented young writer/performers of UCBT scripted comedy house troupes Slow Burn and High Treason try out their newest sketch material at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—who tonight include TV star Aziz Ansari (NBC’s Parks and Recreations, Human Giant), Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer & co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), and Ben Kronberg (visiting from LA)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 9/20/09

September 20, 2009

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Eugene Mirman cooks up a spectacular gathering of star comics and cartoonists for this final day of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Eugene Mirman cooks up a spectacular gathering of star comics and cartoonists for this final day of The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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:

[TOP PICK] 3:00 pm doors, 3:30 pm show ($7): Leo Allen and Eric Slovin (award-winning duo who wrote for years for Saturday Night Live) hosting a show with comics and TV executives that dares to explore Why Talented People Create Terrible Shows as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 5:30 pm doors, 6:00 pm show ($10):Top cartoonists Dan Piraro (Bizarro), Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball, The New Yorker), Drew Dernavich (The New Yorker), Bill Plympton (The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Academy Award-nominated animator), Paul Noth (Pale Force, The New Yorker), David Sipress (The New Yorker), and host Matthew Diffee (The Steam Powered Hour, The New Yorker) battle it out in a no-holds-barred cartoon-off with cartoons based on audience suggestions—supplemented by music from “two of the best banjo players in the world,” Noam Pikelny and Tony Trischka—as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm doors, 6:30 pm show ($15; includes free drink): Comedy giants including Marc Maron, Michael Showalter, and Brett Gelman tell revealing personal tales in Ten Drink Minimum: Stories Leading to Sobriety as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific comics Livia Scott, Seth Herzog, Pat Dixon, Mark Normand, and Ross Hyzer performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm doors, 9:00 pm show ($15): Comedy giants Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter, Todd Barry, and many more performing at the closing night party of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Dan Allen, Jay Bois, Jon Lang, David Angelo, and Ben Kronberg performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly stand-up show Beauty Bar Comedy

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/19/09

September 19, 2009

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Jim Gaffigan is among the brilliant star comics performing tonight at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

Jim Gaffigan is among the brilliant star comics performing tonight at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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:

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm doors, 6:30 pm show ($10): Smoking hot rising star comics Jessi Klein (brilliant, deliciously fresh, organic, sexy storytelling stand-up; co-host of weekly Punch Up Your Life; writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Hannibal Burress (meteoric stand-up who killed on Jimmy Fallon last month and then was quickly hired as a staff writer on Saturday Night Live), Kumail Nanjiani (SNL, The Colbert Report, writer/performer on Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), and more perform in a tongue-in-cheek-titled show I’ll Be Famous in 5 Years (or a Copywriter/Audience Coordinator) as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:30 pm doors, 7:00 pm show ($12): UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson at a sold-out show (but there might be a stand-by line) as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

7:00 pm ($10): Murderfist, NYC’s fearless and darkly disturbing heavy metal version of a sketch comedy troupe, along with Ben Kissel hosts this new variety show mixing stand-up, sketch comedy, an audience applause-o-meter, and something with prizes inside: Pinata

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($29 & 2-item min.): Acclaimed stand-up who’s a regular guest on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Howard Stern (over 50 appearances!); hosts his own radio show on Howard 101 and the comedy series Special Sauce on STARZ,; has done two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials: and is headlining tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Fitzsimmons

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm doors, 9:00 pm show ($15): Comedy superstar Jim Gaffigan, and top comics Tom Shillue, Baron Vaughn, Eddie Pepitone, and more who’ve acted on at least one of the versions of NBC’s top crime show—The Comedians of Law & Order—as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest comedy troupe in NYC, genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code BECKYD, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award this August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

10:30 pm ($5): A fun new improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Sketch duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman perform an acclaimed show that just played at this August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

Midnight ($5): Andy Rocco and friends put on a sketch, music, dance, and talk event: The Hipster Show

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/18/09

September 18, 2009

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UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson and other wonderful stand-ups perform this weekend at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson and other wonderful stand-ups perform this weekend at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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:

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), actor Josh Fadem, and nerd rapper MC Chris joining fresh, razor-sharp, sexy comics Shonali Bhowmik, Chelsea Peretti, and Andrea Rosen…the gals of Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($12): UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson at a sold-out show (but there might be a stand-by line) as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Brilliant character performer Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) plays five very different actresses waiting to hear which of them won an Oscar (keep an eye out for the old lady, who’s one of the funniest characters you’ll see this year, anywhere); and a sharp sketch troupe performing all new material, in the double-bill Best Actress and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($29 & 2-item min.): Acclaimed stand-up who’s a regular guest on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Howard Stern (over 50 appearances!); hosts his own radio show on Howard 101 and the comedy series Special Sauce on STARZ,; has done two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials: and is headlining tonight and Saturday (get $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Fitzsimmons

8:00 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp stand-ups Katina Corrao, Brent Sullivan Chris Jurek, Josh Fadem, Ross Hyzer, Ryan Conner, and Molly Martinez (visiting from DC) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC comics Dan Soder, Jessie Geller, and Matt Maragno perform stand-up and are then interviewed about their personal lives at Matt Ruby’s and Mark Normand’s “comedy chat show with boundary issues” at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: We’re All Friends Here

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm doors, 9:00 pm show ($15): A one-night revival of the beloved and seminal downtown stand-up comedy show Invite Them Up hosted by Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale, with tonight’s star guests John Hodgman (The Daily Show, PC vs. Mac commercials), Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), and much more as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-up comics Hilary Schwartz, David Hodorowski, JQ, Paul Case, and more performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show with brand new hosts in drag Jackie O’Nasty & Shawn F. Kennedy (Jackie Monahan & Shawn Hollenbach, “soon to be the King and Queen of your gay prom”), all at The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Top UCBT talents—including Neil Casey, John Frusciante, Anthony King, Kate McKinnon, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Rodgers, Eric Scott, Nate Smith, Gavin Speiller, Caitlin Tegart, and Greg Tuculescu—writing and/or performing sketch comedy directed by Will Hines, with stand-up from wonderful comedy host Seth Herzog and music from Last Parade, all happening Beneath Gristedes

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/17/09

September 17, 2009

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Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, and other comedy giants tonight kick off the four-evening gala Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2009

Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, and other comedy giants tonight kick off the four-evening gala Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2009

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 ($5): Wonderful storyteller Margot Leitman debuting a one-woman show, and Eddie Brawley debuting a one-man sketch show, all for a mere five bucks: Losing It and Brawley

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Superb neurotic comic Jon Friedman, superb disturbingly dark comic Jena Friedman, and CEO comic Andy Nibley performing stand-up and then getting analyzed by host Lisa Levy at the unique show Stand Up, Lie Down

7:00 pm ($5): Jamie Cummings & Elizabeth Blue improvising a tale about the King and his love Priscilla Presley based on the memorable TV movie Elvis & Me

[$] 7:30 pm ($24 & 2-item min.): Acclaimed stand-up who’s a regular guest on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Howard Stern (over 50 appearances!); hosts his own radio show on Howard 101 and the comedy series Special Sauce on STARZ,; has done two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials: and is headlining tonight through Saturday (get $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Fitzsimmons

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($20): Comedy giants Kristen Schaal, Pete Holmes, Jon Benjamin, and many more perform killer stand-up at the opening night party of a four-evening Brooklyn extravaganza: The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

8:00 pm ($8): “Pat Shepherd thought he was getting married. He was wrong. Follow his story in the premier of this hilariously heartbreaking one man show:” The Breakup

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, Chris March (Project Runway), and musical guest Bronte’s Inferno at a sold-out show hosted by brilliant alternative comic Dave Hill (which is sold out of seats, but if you don’t mind standing, come and enjoy with a boisterous packed house): The Dave Hill Explosion

9:30 pm ($5): “It’s 1941, and three Broadway producers are desperate for a hit. When a suggestion for the theme of a show comes in the form of a suggestion from the audience, the three brainstorm a musical, writing and performing scenes on the fly.” Starring musical improvisors Rob Schiffmann and Stefan Schick (both of Chicago City Limits and Broadway’s Next Hit Musical), Jeff Scherer (Chicago City Limits, Secret Hospital), and a guest improvisor joining Scherer, Schiffmann and Schick

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Death by Roo Roo—taking over this season with an all-time record-breaking 21 wins in a row (and thoroughly crushing last week’s opponent by garnering 130 ballets to 10)—tonight facing improv challenger SMIRK in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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