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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 code FISHFAN): 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 episode, Brenna Palughi punched out a guy Molly Knefel’s character was dating—cutting Molly down to just one boyfriend, and making Brenna a candidate for Molly’s now-vacant #2 spot. (No video exists because of technical difficulties; but it was rapid-fire, intimate, and among the girls’ best ever.)
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
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Comedy duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman, whose production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was proclaimed “biggest revelation” by the Guardian, performing a brand new sketch show: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting
[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Yamaneika Saunders (BET), Kate Hendricks, and Mike Recine performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy
[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, which tonight includes Anthony King (UCBT Artistic Director), Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott), Michael Delaney (The Other Guys), Tara Copeland (The Other Guys), Stephanie D’Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Jennifer Grace (Our Town), Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park), and more: Gravid Water
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 online or $8 at the door): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Chris Rozzi (Outre Island), and Kambri Crews (Love, Daddy) performing at Brooklyn’sLittlefield (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): Four sharp comedic talents each performing a monologue, with Matt Higgins (Centralia), Katie Northlich (four-time National Monologue Champion), Shawn Williams (National Monologue Champion), and Walter Murphy: The PIT-ologues
8:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Louie, Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon), Erik Bergstrom (Grimmer Tales), and Danny Kallas (visiting from Chicago) performing at the White Rabbit (145 East Houston Street) for John Szeluga’s Not Friday
8:30 pm ($5—with FREE PIZZA!): NYC stand-ups Streeter Seidell, Adam Newman, and Team Submarine, and musical guest Mike Doughty, performing at the Magnet Theatre for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’s variety show Deep Traffic
9:30 pm ($5): A musical sketch comedy show revolving around Broadway, plus a loud and mildly amusing sketch show about cops, in the double-bill Sing Out, Louise! and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Todd Barry, Chris Gethard, and more—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash
[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! 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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