NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/17/10

May 17, 2010

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Pete Holmes

Phenomenal stand-up Pete Holmes, in one of his final NYC appearances before abandoning us for a TV staff writing job in LA, performs tonights 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: The hilarious Carolyn Castiglia, plus NYC stand-ups Andy Hanyes, Josh Guarino, Andrew Schulz, and Miguel Dalmau performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pubhosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Colin Jost, Giulia Rozzi, Rusty Ward, and Jon Rineman—plus musical guests Brian Douglas and A Brief View of the Hudson—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, Slow Burn and High Treason, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Wonderful stand-ups Hannibal Buress, Livia Scott, Dan St. Germain, Liam McEneaney, Mike Drucker, Mike Pomranz, and Dan Mahoney performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: A free sneak preview of the latest Comedy Central series—which stars UCB favorites and comedy geniuses Horatio Sanz, Chris Gethard, and Chris Parnell—hosted by Chris Gethard: Big Lake

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country;Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, Ugly Americans, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life andGutbucket), Baron Vaughn (co-star of USA’s Facing Kate and Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show, MTV, VH1), Rory Scovel, Hari Kondabolu, and Sandra Baule—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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