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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm ($15 including one drink; reservations via calling Cornelia Street Cafe at 212.989.9319 highly recommended): Four superb writer/performers tell personal stories. Three of them are true…but one is a pack of lies. Then the audience asks questions to try to figure out who’s fibbing. Tonight’s yarn-spinners are Johanna Clearfield (SNL’s Weekend Update), Sharon Spell (Shrink), Brad Lawrence (Monsters In The Wood), and Gabrielle Selz (The New York Times) joining wonderful host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) at The Liar Show
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): A musical about “a pious Pope framed for a crime he didn’t commit…betrayal, Holy War, foot-stompin’ musical numbers” and everything else it takes “to entertain the Hell right out of you” in Pope: The Musical
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball
[$] 7:30 pm pm ($41 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining for one night only at Carolines: Susie Essman
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.78 online if you use code VIPMAY, plus 2-item minimum): A young veteran comic who’s a star improvisor and sketch performer for comedy troupe Derrick; co-star of the feature film Mystery Team; former staff writer for 30 Rock; and co-star of NBC sitcom Community, headlining tonight with powerhouse openers Sean Patton and Hannibal Buress at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Donald Glover
8:00 pm ($10): NY stand-ups Jamie Lee (who’s also the producer and host), Baron Vaughn (in one of his final NYC appearances before moving to LA), Phoebe Robinson, and more performing atKarma Lounge for a show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff
8:00 pm ($5): Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller performing a two-man sketch show designed as a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens
[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups & comedic storytellers Demetri Martin, John Mulaney, Kumail Nanjiani, Ophira Eisenberg, Tom Shillue, and Joe Bolster—and free beer!—at acclaimed monthly comedy showcase Moonwork
9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!
[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount codeFBKISC): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight is the third of a five-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($31.25, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the finest stand-ups alive—with appearances on HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, The Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, and feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead—headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Todd Barry
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount codePISANO, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy
[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): A special one-night-only parody of Lost, packed with top comedy talents: Dharma Station
10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike
[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): One of the most fascinating performers in comedy hosting his own extravaganza—which goes beyond a stage show to have the makings of a hit MTV series—tonight celebrating his birthday!: The Chris Gethard Show
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