NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/30/10

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Zoey Martinson

Zoey Martinson and other luminous theatre stars collide with top improvisors at tonight's 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] 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 one-woman show by Erin McNeely about her true-life story of being a waitress and a shoplifter…and her salvation through dance: Why I Stole Things

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Ali Wong (MTV; hilarious comedy dynamo), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Damien Lemon (host of Comedy on the Hump), Aparna Nancherla, Thomas Dale, Phil Hanley, and Yamaneika Saunders performing at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson (Last Comic Standing): 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—Tara Copeland (Mother, Ms. JacksonThe Other Guys), Becky Drysdale (Let’s Have A Ball), Anthony King (Gutenberg The Musical, Reuben Williams), Thomas Middleditch (Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy), and Michael Patrick O’Brien (Saturday Night Live)—mixing it up with Broadway & off-Broadway stars Carson Elrod (Reckless, Noises Off), Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our TownThe Hypocrites), David Manis (Our Town, The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV), Zoey Martinson (The Clean House), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night, Little Cecily), and Amy Warren (August: Osage County, Adding Machine) as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central Presents; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets) hosts his & Kristen Schaal’s legendary weekly sketch & stand-up comedy show (Kristen’s tied up this week), with guests 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), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’sCountdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Carla Rhodes (acclaimed ventriloquist), and Sheng Wang (Comedians of Comedy tour) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street): Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Daniel St. Germain (hilarious quick-witted comic), Laura Sweeney & Bradford Scobie (comedy duo Bradford & Laura), Chris Lamberth, and musical guest Mike Doughty performing in the Lolita Bar for producer Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up; host ofComedy Night; comedy CD My Name is Hannibal), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live;Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy showWhiplash), Nick Turner (College Humor; co-host of Too Cool for School), Anthony Devito, and Ron Babcock performing at Aces & Eights (34 Avenue A, off 3rd Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Sara Schaefer (staff blogger for Jimmy Fallon, host ofGet Off Your Knees), Matt Goldich (writer for David Letterman), John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central), and musical guest The Psychedelic Knights of Zohar performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos, tonight guest-hosted by Roger Hailes: It Is It

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, 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 Fran Gillespie—making up a musical on the spot at Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including Anthony Jeselnik (writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, Stella, Variety SHAC), Kurt Metzger, and Ron Babcock—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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