NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/31/10

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Julie Sharbutt

Julie Sharbutt (above), Horatio Sanz, and other stars perform tonight at a show that crashes improv into classic theatre scenes: 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:

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Rob O’Reilly, Ray Marshall, Dave Thomason, Annie Lederman, and Danny Siegel 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): Some of the best  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Adsit & Gausas), Tara Copeland (Mother, Ms. Jackson), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, The Swarm, The Stepfathers), Becky Drysdale (Let’s Have A Ball), and TV & movie star Horatio Sanz (SNL, Comedy Central’s Big Lake)—mixing it up with Broadway & off-Broadway stars Charles Borland (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth Night, A Man For All Seasons), Zoey Martinson (Clean House, Song For Future Generations), Jenn Schatz (Work-In-Progress, Me Time), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare In The Park: Twelfth NightFrom Little Cecily With Her Fondest Love) as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy genius Andy Blitz (long-time staff writer & performer on Conan O’Brien), plus Andy Blitz, John Fugelsang, Jamie Kilstein, W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu, and Rusty Ward—and musical guest Joe Yoga—performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kate McKinnon, Sarah Claspell, Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Veronica Osorio, and Aaron Glaser performing in a sketch show written by Leila Cohan and Caitlin Tegart about Smith, our nation’s largest women’s college; and comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines, in the double-bill This is About Smith and Prison Freaks: A Talent Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) and Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic stand-up; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), plus master sketch comic & improvisor Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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