NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/23/10

November 23, 2010

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Justin Long and Wyatt Cenac

TV & movie stars Justin Long and Wyatt Cenac perform tonight at the "potato' edition of Seth Herzog's Sweet

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): A one-man show from Julie Ann Dulude about being raised by strict Catholic parents: Bless This Mess

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (finalist on this summer’s Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special) and staff writer/editors of The Onion—Joe  Garden (Features Editor), Todd Hansen (Story Editor), and Baratunde Thurston (Web Editor)—plus musical guests Eden & John’s East River String Band, all performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Diane O’Debra, Joe Dixon, Mike Feeney, and Sue Funke performing at Cellar 58(58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bastian, Sandino, Badman, Ragnaröck, and Monstro, followed by small groups of UCBT students each performing long scenes that seem to have nothing in common with each other but magically converge at the end, all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show), Justin Long (NBC’sEdGalaxy Quest, Going the Distance, Live Free or Die Hard, the Mac in Apple Computer commercials), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1; new feature Web Site of the Week): Sweet

[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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/22/10

November 22, 2010

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The Mantzoukas Brothers

Jason Mantzoukas & Ed Herbstman perform breathtaking duo improv tonight in a rare appearance as The Mantzoukas Brothers

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 episode, the gals told bar stories that included a midget punching Katharine Heller’s vagina, and sex etiquette.

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): Katie Hartman, who’s half of hilarious sketch comedy duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, going solo tonight with “a menagerie of bizarre and bewildering characters in the shittiest parade you’ve ever seen. But not a literal parade. Please don’t expect a parade:”Unhuggable

[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Ray DeVito (co-host of Sacapuntas), Justin Murray, Esther Pardo, and Crystian Ramirez 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 online or $8 at the door): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Jon Friedman (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, host of The Rejection Show), Laura Krafft (former writer for The Colbert Report), and musical guest Dan Friel (member of band Parts & Labor) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

8:00 pm ($5): Leah Bonnema (We TV, XM Sirius Radio) performs a one-woman show about “her mom, a coma, and the spirit of a boxer from Philly who has the eye of the tiger,” with an opener from sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, in Wake Up and Yell At Me

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Slow Burn and High Treason, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm ($15 online or at the box office using discount codeTJDNOV): Chicago-based TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi are a widely acclaimed improv duo. Just by feeling their way through moment by moment, they create one-hour tales that most authors couldn’t match with months of labored writing. Tonight is the conclusion of their four-evening run at The Barrow Street Theatre: TJ & Dave

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Mike Birbiglia (flat-out one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on Late Show with David Letterman andLate Night with Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me) is honing his newest material—which means you can see a performance worth at least $40 for $5. Seats are sold out; but if you don’t mind standing, come and enjoy Mike Birbiglia: An Evening of New Stories

9:30 pm ($5): Sketch comedy duo Julia Morales and Oscar Montoya explore the quest for love in Date Me to Hell

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7): Genius improvisors Jason Mantzoukas (We Used to Go OutMother,Baby Mama) and Ed Herbstman (co-founder of the Magnet Theater) show off how breathtakingly quick-witted and skillful they are at creating scenes from air. Time Out New York named these guys Best Improv Duo of 2006. Jason is briefly back in NYC from his work in film in LA; take advantage of this rare opportunity to see these improvisation comedy stars shine in an intimate setting as The Mantzoukas Brothers

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’sBest Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), James Adomian (finalist of this summer’s Last Comic Standing), and award-winning dark comedy sketch troupe Murderfist—guest-hosted by comedy genius Sean Patton (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1) 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/21/10

November 21, 2010

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TJ and Dave

Renowned Chicago-based improvisors Dave Pasquesi and T.J. Jagodowski perform tonight and Monday as TJ & Dave

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm &  midnight ($29 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his ownComedy Central Presents special, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (including Invincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Typically stellar stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at Brooklyn’sUnion Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman, who’s joined by his Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: James Adomian (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson), Streeter  Seidell (College Humor), Dan Naturman (David Letterman), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), and Adam & Trevor (College Humor) performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm ($15 online or at the box office using discount codeTJDNOV): Chicago-based TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi are widely considered among the finest long-form improvisors alive. Just by feeling their way through moment by moment, they create one-hour tales that most authors couldn’t match with months of labored writing. Tonight is the next-to-last of their four-evening run at The Barrow Street Theatre, and should not be missed:TJ & Dave

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically superb stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (writer for30 Rock and SNL): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Brilliant character comic Mindy Raf, and NYC stand-ups Danny Rouhier, Nick Maritato, Pat O’Shea, and Dan Enfield performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Sherry Davey, Zach Toczynski, and Harriett Halloway performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy tonight hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/20/10

November 20, 2010

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Anthony King and Becky Drysdale

Every Saturday night starts off right with genius improvisors Anthony King, Becky Drysdale, and more performing at Let's Have a Ball

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 ($8): Ben Masten and Sam Dingman perform all-new sketches and songs via an act The Onion says, via back-handed compliment, “manages to sell even flimsy premises with smarts and winning chemistry:” Audience of Two: We Hardly Know What’s Up

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Christina Gausas, Scott Adsit, Becky Drysdale, Anthony King, and more—including writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, andThe Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm &  midnight ($29 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his ownComedy Central Presents special, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (including Invincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and the Cage Match Champion for two years in a row!—genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

9:00 pm ($7): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

Midnight ($5): Pam Murphy, Achilles Stamatelaky, Katey Healy-Wurzburg, and other UCBT talents perform an hour of improvisation as characters in Harry Potter: The Hogwarts Improvisation Society

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/19/10

November 19, 2010

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A Harry Potter Musical

J. K. Rowling is made acceptable for evangelical Christians tonight at A Harry Potter Musical

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

7:00 pm ($8): Daily Show producer Jimmy Donn, Black20.com performers Jessie Cantrell &, Sarah Walker, Mike & Ted O’Gorman and Pat Driscoll perform sketch comedy designed to make you “laugh, be slightly offended, laugh again, cough once or twice, recall a repressed memory, and drink:” The Dan Ryan

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT this year: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

…and for the other half of this double-bill, young talents do a sketch show about cops in The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: The wonderful Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon, VH1’s Best Week Ever, host of Sweet), the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, co-host of It’s Not That Serious), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno), and Todd Womack (Comedy Central), plus the usual sketch comedy gang (tonight including Pat’s new love songs) and musical band Fortress of Solitude, all performing atKarma Lounge with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (includingInvincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: James Adomian (Last Comic Standing, Harold and Kumar 2), Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Travis Irvine (Jay Leno,Ohio’s 12th District Congressional Candidate), and John F. O’Donnell performing at Brooklyn’sCoco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($7): Rachel Hamilton shares “tales from the frontlines of Internet dating” in the debut of her one-woman show Love.com

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Dru Johnston, Noah Forman, and Alex Demers springboard off an audience suggestion to improvise an entire silly and energy-charged play in 40 minutes; especially keep an eye on Demers, who has a wild Sean Penn quality that makes you think he might explode into violence or insanity at any moment, adding to the edgy quality of The New Deal

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Achilles Stamatelaky (book & lyrics), Ari Scott (music), and Ryan Karels (director), along with hilarious UCBT performers such as Mike Still and Amber Petty, create a Harry Potter-based musical with proper Christian values in which witchcraft is evil and Jesus is good: The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/18/10

November 18, 2010

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Fisticuffs

Cartoonists for The New Yorker do battle with their quick wits and drawing skills at Fisticuffs...

Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

...while Patrick Cassels & Jeff Rubin explore the worst game-based films of all time in Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

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:

[$] 7:30 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presentsspecial, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (including Invincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such hilarious comedy stars as Lennon Parham (from LA via Skype video) and Leslie Meisel (Love Sucks a Dick…), and the show’s writer/director Chris Kelly (and barring last-minute client emergencies, I may finally get to see this tonight): Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying!; plus rounding out this double-bill, “pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world:” Billy Eichner Goes Pop!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): One of comedy’s most beloved and delightful duos, married couple Mary Archbold and Pay Shay, performing as guests on a hip-hop parody show: Squirm and Germ

8:00 pm ($8): The Magnet’s co-owner Armando Diaz performs monologues on the spot and improvisors then act out scenes based on them at The Armando Diaz Experience

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Brilliantly talented cartoonists for The New Yorker and national comic strips compete for audience applause as they employ their quick wits and drawing skills to meet various comedic challenges in this wonderful show featuring David Sipress (The New Yorker), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball and The New Yorker), Paul Noth (Pale Force and The New Yorker), Matthew Diffee (The Rejection Collection), Zach Kanin (The New Yorker) and Drew Dernavich (The Cartoon Lounge)—plus a musical guest—all at Fisticuffs!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Kurt Braunohler, Livia Scott, Julian McCullough, Jamie Kilstein, Collette Priester & Rodney DeGiles, and more performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show produced by Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killerset on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Patrick Cassels and Jeff Rubin, who write for College Humor and co-host the online video game talk show Bleep Bloop, explore the worst game-based movies of all time, with clips from Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and many more in what’s likely to be an unforgettably funny journey into the deliciously awful: Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Round 2 of a beloved annual November tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/17/10

November 17, 2010

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Nick Kroll

Comedy genius Nick Kroll hones material for his upcoming Comedy Central special tonight at Totally J/K

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:

6:00 pm ($5): Dan Okrent (former New York Times ombudsman, inventor of Fantasy Baseball) Beth Raymer (former bookie & gambling expert), and Andrew VanWyngarden of the band MGMT are interviewed by Ken Freedman & Andy Breckman at this live-on-stage taping of their radio showWFMU’s 7 Second Delay

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Nick Kroll (Get Him to the Greek, I Love You Man, FX’s The League, Human Giant, practicing for his upcoming Comedy Central special Thank You Very Cool), Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents), and Greg Johnson (Sirius XM Radio) performing stand-up with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scientists, nerds, and/or comics Adam Bloom, Steven Berkowitz, Becky Ferreira, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Nisse Greenberg, and host Ben Lillie become comedic storytellers at this monthly show that tonight focuses on the knee-slapping topic Standard Deviation at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Mike Lawrence (Comix, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival), and sketch duo Two Fun Men performing at Brooklyn’s Legion Bar for a monthly show hosted by sketch duo Mark Bisi & Andrew Beckerman: The Weeping Skull

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Joe Mande, Ed Gavagan, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme Money, at The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Joe Derosa (Comedy Central Presents), Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing), Ryan Conner (contributing writer to SNL), and Robert Dean performing in The Bowery Poetry Club at this monthly show hosted by Sean Gabbert (XM Radio): Free Healthcare

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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