NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/28/10

June 28, 2010

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Tonight UCBT features extraordinarily talented comedy stars Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Gravid Water) and Arden Myrin (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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything 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 fourth installment at the Soho Playhouse of a 10-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Liz Miele, Dan Cartwright, Vlad Caamano, Robert Dean, and Dan Enfield 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): Some of the best  improvisors in the world—Kay Cannon (30 Rock, Let’s Have A Ball), Tara Copeland (Mother, Ms. Jackson), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, The Stepfathers), Anthony King (Gutenberg The Musical, Reuben Williams), and Thomas Middleditch (Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy)—mixing it up with Broadway & off-Broadway stars Kevin Carolan (The Ritz, Dirty Blonde), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Sesame Street, Tony nominee for Avenue QStuffed and Unstrung), Dana Eskelson (Lascivious Something, After Ashley), Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our TownThe Hypocrites), and Jonathan Kaplan (Diary of Anne Frank, Tony nominee for Falsettos) as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Laurie Kilmartin (co-star of this summer’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson), Jamie Kilstein (Montreal Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Streeter Seidell (top comic for, Kevin Barnett, and John F. O’Donnell (50 First Jokes) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Amy Heidt’s one-woman show was one of the very best productions at this past August’s FringeNYC Festival (for my review, please click here)—if you didn’t catch it then, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Amy demonstrate her brilliance as both actress and writer; 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 Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and Prison Freaks: A Talent Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Donald Glover (NBC’s Community, sketch/improv troupe Derrick, feature film Mystery Team), and Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TVsamples, please click here and here and here)—guest-hosted by the wonderful Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) at Whiplash

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