NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 4/12/10

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Judah Friedlander parties tonight at Comix while Kristen Schaal blows the roof off 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 ($5): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Mike Lawrence, Adam Newman, Calvin Cato, Ray Marshall, David Lee Nelson, and Beth McGregor performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7.44 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): A gathering of superb stand-ups—Judah Friedlander, Amy Schumer, Godfrey, Nick DiPaolo, Brooke Van Poppelen, Russ Meneve, and Sherrod Small—performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Judah Friedlander, Amy Schumer, Godfrey, Nick DiPaolo, Brooke Van Poppelen, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The 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), Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central, Whiplash), Dave Hill (alternative comedy genius; HBO, The New York Times, The Dave Hill Explosion), and Mike Doughty, plus musical guests Eden & John’s East River String Band 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, Gramps’ and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performing material better than its show’s title indicates, plus the wonderful Jon Friedman performing a smart & silly one-man show, in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and Bear With Me

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up) and Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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