NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/7/10

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Naked in a Fishbowl

Wonderful improvisor/actresses return to the Soho Playhouse for a 10-week Monday night run at Naked in a Fishbowl

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything that they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, and Lauren Seikaly, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest and nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then grab tickets for tonight’s debut at the Soho Playhouse, kicking off a 10-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Sabrina Jalees (Comedy Now special, Just for Laughs Festival), Kara Klenk (SpikeTV, Comedy Central’s, Sam Morrill (Carolines, Comix), Mick DiFlo, and Billy Procida performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson:Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 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 the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno), Ali Waller (former staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Allison Castillo, and Jesse Joyce—plus musical guests The Fools—performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, Gorilla Gorilla and Stone Cold Fox, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jane Borden (invaluable NYC treasure as Time Out New York comedy editor), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Nimesh Patel, Willy Appelman, and “a special headlining mystery guest” performing stand-up at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted byDaily Show producer Adam Lowitt: It Is It

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Mike Birbiglia (flat-out one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on Late Show with David Letterman andLate Night with Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me) is preparing his one-man show for the Just for Laughs Festival—which means you can see a performance worth at least $40 for $5. Seats are sold out; but if you don’t mind standing, come and enjoy Mike Birbiglia: 60 Minutes of New Stories

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight featuring a blowout lineup with Anthony Jeselnik (comedy genius; writer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, SuperDeluxe, author of book Holy Headshot!), and Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; host of Sweet)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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For the best of genius comedic actress Kate McKinnon, click here.

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