NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 4/26/10

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Spectacular Tony-nominated actress Allison Pill helps crash improv into classic theatre scenes at tonight's Gravid Water

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: Sharp stand-ups Ali Wong, Yannis Pappas, Sheng Wang, Luke Cunningham, Dan Soder, Nore Davis, 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): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Lori Myers (Our Town, Mother Courage and Her Children), Tony-nominated Allison Pill (The Miracle Worker, Milk, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), and Andrée Vermeulen (one-woman show French Toast) mixing it up with some of the best  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit, Becky Drysdale, Michael Delaney, Thomas Middleditch, Tami Sagher, and Zach Woods—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

8:00 pm ($5): Fine stand-ups Nick Thune, Aidan Bishop, Ritch Duncan, Bradford Scobie, and Laura Sweeney, plus musical guest Chris Dyas, performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

9:30 pm ($5): Superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performing material better than its show’s title indicates; plus an all-white musical about fast food that claims to “give new life to the most popular songs of Tupac Shakur. Join us for a romp through all the themes held most dear to Tupac’s heart: economic oppression, dreams deferred, and mall food courts,” in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and 2Pac: The Musical

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including comedy legend Marc Maron, Ian Edwards, and Joe Mande—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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