NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/29/10

March 29, 2010

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Comedy dynamo Shannon O'Neill tonight performs her one-person extravaganza Prison Freaks: A Talent Show

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: NYC stand-ups Jamie Lee, Kevin McCaffrey, Mike Lawrence, Nick Cobb, and Trevor Williams 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): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Tony nominee forAvenue Q), Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Kevin Kelly (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night, The Brother/Sister Plays), and 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, Becky Drysdale, and Anthony King—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric CompanyJimmy Fallon), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Adult Swim), Joselyn Hughes (lovely writer for Tosh 2.0, visiting from LA), Jamie Lee (, Tony Camin (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel), and Kara Klenk (performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’sTell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wonderful comics Sara Schaefer and Liam McEneaney performing in Brooklyn’s Union Hall for a live version of Chatroulette

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and the also wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Bear With Me

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Lifeand Gutbucket), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, wonderful host of Whiplash), Moshe Kasher (Comedy Central,Chelsea Lately, IFC), and “a special guest”—guest-hosted by the wonderful Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) at Whiplash

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