NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 12/28/09

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Sandra Bernhard demonstrates she's still one-of-a-kind tonight through New Year's Eve at Joe's Pub

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 (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

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($42 & 2-item min.): A stand-up comedy superstar headlining through Wednesday (with Amy Schumer) at Carolines: Dave Attell

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudeikis, and Broadway & off-Broadway stars Kevin Carolan (Chicago, Pardon My English!, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), Kate Meister (The Clean House, Picnic), Sandy Rustin (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Comedy Central’s The Scariest Show on TV), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night), mixing it up with some of the best improvisors in the world—Michael Delaney, Becky Drysdale, and Andy Secunda—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($5 & 2-item min.): NYC stand-ups—who tentatively include such brilliant comics as Anthony Jeselnik, Reggie Watts, Kumail Nanjiani, and Wyatt Cenac—auditioning before an NBC late-night booker for a gig that would give any one of them a bright, shining credit for the rest of their comedy careers: The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Auditions

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($50 ticket; plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): A comic who’s been a movie star and singer, and has experienced a roller coaster career but remains a performer unlike any other, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s Pub through New Year’s Eve: Sandra Bernhard

[$] 9:30 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): Rich Vos starred on two seasons of Last Comic Standing; has performed a very popular Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; was a regular on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn; was the first white comic on Def Jam; wrote for Chris Rock; played Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams; was an unlikely guest on The View; is a regular on the Opie and Anthony radio show; and is headlining tonight at Carolines at Rich Vos & Friends

9:30 pm ($5): A small army of UCBT comics looking back at what was awful in 2009—in an annual show that, as if infected by its topic, is traditionally none-too-great itself, but hope springs eternal: The 6th Annual It Sucked! Awards

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A blowout gathering of some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including the brilliant & hilarious Jessi Klein, Christian Finnegan, Sean Conroy, and Jon Daly—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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