NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/30/09

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Julie Sharbutt and other luminous theatre actors -- including several Tony nominees -- perform classic theatre scenes that are invaded by hilarious world-class improvisors tonight at Gravid Water

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] 7:00 pm: Stand-ups Mike Drucker, Pat O’Shea, Christian Polanco, Jason Saenz, Gabe Pacheco, and guest host Ray Marshall performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub produced by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Sesame Street; Tony nominee for Avenue Q), Jared Gertner (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ordinary Days), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos), Marc Kudisch (Tony nominee for 9 to 5; Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit,Tara Copeland, Michael Delaney, and Tami Sagher—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Christian Finnegan, Ophira Eisenberg, Joe DeRosa, Adam Lowitt, Fiona Walsh, and Streeter Seidell, plus musical guest Patrick Salt Ryan, performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

9:30 pm ($5): Michael O’Brien (Saturday Night Live) and Peter Grosz (The Colbert Report) debut at UCBT the latest version of their acclaimed 2-man sketch show: Misled

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A blowout gathering of some of the most brilliant and hilarious comics in the country—movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, genius beatbox improvisor Reggie Watts, world-class storyteller Chris Gethard, and humor author Bob Powers—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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