NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/2/10

November 2, 2010

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Andy Kaufman

Kristen Schaal hosts six comics competing at the Gotham Comedy Club for this year's presitigious Andy Kaufman Award

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:

7:00 pm ($5): Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make; and Rob Penty & Marcy Jarreau perform duo improv, in the double-bill The Cascade and Scout and Handsome Rob

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) Kristen Schaal hosts a show making final judgments (following last night’s semi-finals) of six contestants competing for one of the most prestigious awards in comedy at the Gotham Comedy Club: Sixth Annual Andy Kaufman Awards Finals

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about  this month’s topic “Money”—e.g., Jimmy Fallon staff writer David Angelo explains how your money comes from garbage, and book authors Michael Hudson & Alyssa Katz explore scams & salesmanship—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Tom Shillue (world-class storyteller; Comedy Central,The Daily Show), Marina Franklin (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live), and “a secret guest” performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros Nikki Cook (Memoir) and Miss Lasko-Gross (Escape From “Special”), plus comedic storyteller & improvisor Jon Gabrus (Spike TV, College Humor, The Nights of Our Lives, The Law Firm), join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-up dynamo Ali Wong, sketch duo Rue Brutalia, dummy PuppeTyrany, stand-up Greg Johnson, rock opera singers Pass Kontrol, and “a special secret surprise guest” performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) along with sketches from Moon regulars such as co-producer Jordan Clifford and hosts Nat Towsen & Bob Walles: The Moon Show

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm ($5): Three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Monstro, Sandino, DeCoster, Ragnaröck, and The Opera—at Harold Night

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Stand-ups Helen Hong, Christian Polanco, Chad Plaines, Connor Barrett, and Kelly & Lindsey performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Top stand-ups Sean Patton, Amy Schumer, and Victor Varnado, plus fearless sketch troupe Murderfist, celebrating the debut of a new Tuesday comedy show at the Ace of Clubs (9 Great Jones Street, underneath Acme Bar & Grill) hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5): “An informative 22-minute multimedia presentation on the ins and outs of taping things off the radio taught by Dennis Steiger”—actually, Justin Peters—”a qualified instructor with decades worth of radio-taping experience. He will present a historical overview of this well-beloved hobby, demonstrate various methods of taping things off the radio, and offer suggestions for what to tape. If time permits, he will take questions from the audience, and offer anecdotes drawn from his personal experience with the pastime known as ‘the sport of kings.’ In sum, attendees will come away from this presentation with a solid grasp on the fundamentals they need to participate in a great lifelong hobby:” How to Tape Things Off the Radio

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Myq Kaplan (Last Comic Standing finalist, Comedy Central Presents), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CDCome Clean), and more performing at new venue Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): A rare performance from one of the country’s finest four-person improv troupes: Neil Casey (Death by Roo Roo), Ryan Karels (Conan O’Brien), Amey Goerlich (Wicked Fuckin\’ Queeah) , and Joe Wengert (Reuben Williams), plus an experimental improv show involving 1970s swinging with keys, in the double-bill: Krompf and Key Party

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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