NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/15/10

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Irresistible rising stars Ophira Eisenberg and Hannibal Buress headline at tonight's gala Morrison Motel

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 ($5): A unique mixing of storytelling and burlesque, with superb yarn-spinners Adam Wade, John Flynn, Sara Peters, Ed Gavagan, and Becky Sterling—and in between the tales, clothes-shedding dancers—all performing at UNDER St. Marks for guest host Peter Aguero’s Told: Bare

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Dan St. Germain, Louis Katz, Tracy Marhal, Gabe Pacheco, and Nore Davis 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): A wonderful pre-St. Patty’s Day lineup, with stars Colin Quinn, Morgan Murphy, Fiona Walsh, and musical guests Andy Fitzpatrick and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Thunder Gulch and Gramps’, 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 Hannibal Buress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Ophira Eisenberg (world-class storyteller who’ll be doing a 30-minute set tonight), Lee Camp, Rob Paravonian, Susie Felber Charlie Kasov, and Katherine Williams performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jon Friedman (Emmy-winning blogger for Jimmy Fallon; The Rejection Show) debuting a one-man show that traces Jon’s career as a comic from home movies to early prank calls to current YouTube videos, with direction from the lovely Carol Hartsell (and by coincidence, they both won a 2010 ECNY Award last week); and Kate McKinnon, Sarah Claspell, Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Veronica Osorio, and Aaron Glaser perform a sketch show written by Leila Cohan and Caitlin Tegart about Smith, our nation’s largest women’s college, in the double-bill Bear With Me and This is About Smith

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups John Flynn, Ray Devito, Phoebe Robinson, Chris Lamberth, Leah Bonnema, Zach Brousard, Greg Manuel, Irene Bremis, and Seth Joseph performing at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom: Ed Sullivan on Acid

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including the spectacular Adira Amram, John Mulaney (Conan O’Brien; staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Joe Mande (Comedy Central; author of upcoming book on hipsters), and Billy Wayne Davis—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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