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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 ($15 at the door on $18.50 online with discount codeFISHFAN): 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 they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, 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 & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see.
In last week’s show, Katharine Heller was gorgeous in an outfit that displayed some of her more obvious assets and Lynne Rosenberg proved herself a trooper in a—well, let’s say less flattering ensemble, in a show revolving around breasts and nonprofits.
Although every episode is a wonderful theatrical event, readers of this site no longer have to pay theatrical prices; you can see this show for a mere $15 by mentioning code FISHFAN at the door. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then get in the habit of attending the Soho Playhouse to experience the always fresh and surprising Naked in a Fishbowl
[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups JL Cauvin, Jay Nog, Amanda Baramki, Chris Laker, and Gary Vider 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 online or $8 at the door): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion ), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central), Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (memorable sketch comedy duo), and Australian stand-up Dan Ilic performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): World-class storyteller Tom Shillue (The Daily Show, Comedy Central), UK comedy star Glenn Wool (Comedy Central), Andy Pitz (David Letterman), Jared Logan (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing), and Nick Cobb (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing) performing at the Three of Cups East Village lounge (i.e., not the usual Aces and Eights venue tonight) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Improv crashes into classic theatre scenes at this amazing show featuring some of the very best improvisors and theatrical actors in NYC: Gravid Water
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A blowout lineup of live radio interview subjects, including Reggie Watts, Melissa Harris-Lacewell (MSNBC, The Nation), and “a very special interview with Todd Barry” at Jamie Kilstein’s and Allison Kilkenny’s Citizen Radio Live
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Four sharp comedic talents each performing a monologue, with tonight’s players Matt Higgins (Centralia), Katie Northlich (four-time National Monologue Champion), Shawn Williams (National Monologue Champion), and Walter Murphy: The PIT-ologues
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Jon Dore, Gabe & Jenny, Joe Mande, Jon Friedman, and Billy Wayne Davis—guest-hosted by comedy genius Sean Patton (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) at Whiplash
[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member, Monday at 11 should be Whiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on Leo’s show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills on this new stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and Erin Lennox: Fresh
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