NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/22/10

March 22, 2010

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Two of the greatest comics in the biz perform at UCBT tonight: Anthony Jeselnik (Whiplash) and Pete Holmes (Front Page Films Live!)

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

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Ali Wong, Jared Logan, Nick Turner, Jayson Cross, and Damien Lemon 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): Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Awkward Kings of Comedy; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Bryan Tucker (writer for Saturday Night Live), Josh Comers (former writer for Conan O’Brien), author Bob Powers, and guest-host Chris DeLuca performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($3): A wonderful comedic singer/songwriter performing a deliciously long 45-minute set at the weekly show Acoustic Mondays at Rockbar (185 Christopher Street): Ben Lerman

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.) Auditions for Season 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, judged by the spectacular Natasha Leggero, Greg Giraldo, and Andy Kindler at the Gotham Comedy Club: Last Comic Standing 7 Showcase

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three of the sharpest talents in comedy—stand-up genius Pete Holmes, Matt McCarthy, and Orem Brimer—showcase their hilarious short films, sketches, songs, and more at Front Page Films Live!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including one of my all-time faves Anthony Jeselnik (stand-up genius; writer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO,Comedy Central Presents), plus Caroline Rhea, John Roberts, and Luke Cunningham—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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