NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/12/10

For videos of Last Comic Standing star Natasha Leggero, click here.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

Wyatt Cenac

The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac performs tonight at both Tell Your Friends and Whiplash...

Adam Wade

...and award-winning storyteller Adam Wade performs at his monthly extravaganza The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show

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] 7:00 pm ($5): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), with guest storyteller Jake Goldman and improv illustrator Sharon Spell at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[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 nab tickets for tonight’s sixth installment at the Soho Playhouse of a 10-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), Ilana Glazer (Jimmy Fallon, web series Broad City), Michael Terry (The Onion, Huffington Post), and Jesse Jones 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): A powerhouse lineup of stand-ups including Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac, Hannibal Buress, and Kurt Braunohler, plus musical guest Mike Doughty, 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, Thunder Gulch and Gramps’, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Thomas Middleditch, Eliza Skinner, Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, and Jim Santangeli—making up a musical on the spot (with the help of invaluable improv pianist Frank Spitznagel) at Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—tonight including Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Myq Kaplan (semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing), and Kate Crown (Comedy Central)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

For videos of Last Comic Standing star Natasha Leggero, click here.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

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