NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 10/19/09

October 19, 2009

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Kristen Schaal and other star comics perform tonight at Tell Your Friends

Kristen Schaal and other star comics perform tonight 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.): 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] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Joe Roger Hailes, Rory Scoval, Andy Hanes, Jonathan Powley, Oscar Collazos, and Cooper Rego performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s house sketch comedy troupes, High Treason and Slow Burn, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Thoroughly wonderful star comics Kristen Schaal, Christian Finnegan, and Sara Schaefer, plus Mark Anthony Ramirez (ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern Show), David Angelo (host of The David Angelo Show), Evelyn Rothstein (children’s book author making her stand-up debut), plus musical guests The Fools, all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Brilliant, lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious star stand-ups Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), plus Lee Camp, Luke Cunningham and Brian Longwell performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

9:30 pm ($5): An improvised play based on Anton Chekhov’s rule that if a gun is on the wall in the first act, it must be fired by the last act, plus an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill Chekhov’s Gun and As the Diamond Burns

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—who tonight include Eugene Mirman, Lizz Winstead, AD Miles, and Myq Kaplan—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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