NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 4/5/10

April 5, 2010

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Two of the funniest people in the universe, Paul Scheer (above) and Kristen Schaal, perform tonight at Whiplash

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 Rachael Parenta, Ray Marshall, Harrison Greenbaum, TJ Del Reno, Hailey Boyle, John Szeluga, and Ben Aflalo 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): Superb stand-ups Wyatt Cenac (correspondent on The Daily Show), Sean Conroy (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, member of legendary improv troupe The Swarm), Ali Waller (former staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy host of Entertaining the Bartender), and Kevin Barnett, plus musical guest David Lowe, performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate reprising one of the best one-person shows of 2009, which “takes place during my funeral, if I died right now as an eccentric millionaire and left $300 million to my dog,” and shows off Jenny’s immense sweetness, darkness, and wit, with treasured moments ranging from cheese thrown with deadly force to Jenny’s unforgettable pronouncement regarding men and porn; plus the also wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill Dead Millionaire and Bear With Me

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): A blowout gathering of thoroughly wonderful stand-ups—Kristen Schaal, Ted Alexandro, Reggie Watts, and host Todd Barry—showing they’re among the very best in the biz at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Todd Barry and Friends

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Jen Grant,  Gilad Foss, Jay Bois, Charlie Kasov, Julien Dionne, Kristeen von Hagen, Alex Grubard, and Miguel Dalmau performing at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s BackroomEd Sullivan on Acid

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including genius TV & movie stars Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent onThe Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Paul Scheer (co-star of FX’s The League and MTV’s Human Giant), and Sean Conroy (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, member of legendary improv troupe The Swarm)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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