NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/15/10

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Luminous comedy couple Christian Finnegan and Kambri Crews 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 (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] [$] 7:00 pm ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Allen Warnock and Andrea Alton (members of sketch troupe Freedumb) teaming up to create hilarious characters in a very silly and fun show—for my review, please click here. The production has now been revived for a commercial run through February 28th: Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing, The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Jude Destin, Jamie Roberts, Kevin Barnett, and Chris Sifflet performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show, star of new TV series on TBS), Kambri Crews (stellar storyteller & author of upcoming memoir Love, Daddy), Caroline Rhea (star stand-up; HBO, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Costaki Economopoulos, Amanda Melson, Bob Powers, and musical guests Eliana Ricci and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing in the Lolita Bar with host Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

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] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Stellar stand-ups A. Whitney Brown (Emmy-award winning writer and political satirist; Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central, VH1, CNN, Court TV, written for The Onion and Heeb Magazine, opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Ross Bennett (Comedy Central, Showtime), Robin Fox (WE TV, XM and Sirius Radio), Mike Diflo, David Cope, and Owen Bowness performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Chris Gethard, Julie Klausner, Ben Rameaka, Jim Santangeli, Tami Sagher, and Kate Spencer tell tales of heartbreak at the post-Valentine show Love Stinks!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Kurt Braunohler (brilliant sketch comic; co-creator & co-star of TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Brent James Sullivan, and Adam Cayton-Holland—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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