NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 1/3/11

January 3, 2011

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Anthony Atamanuik

Anthony Atamanuik (Conan O'Brien, 30 Rock, Death by Roo Roo) is the guest performer tonight at the fine musical improv show Diamond Lion

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 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—with an early show hosted by Sean Donnelly & Blaine Perry at 6:30 pm, and an entirely different group of stand-ups hosted by Dan Cartwright & Dave Greek at 9:00 pm—at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

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 duo improv by friends who, by a wild coincidence, have the same name, in the double-bill The Cascade and We’re Matt Weir

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Eric Andre (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Central), Sam Morril (2011 March Comedy Madness winner), Michael Blaustein (Gossip Girl, MTV), Robert Dean, and Larry Bailey performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ( $5): A one-man show from Paul W. Downs that I haven’t seen but have heard good things about; plus young talents perform a loud and mildly amusing sketch show about cops, in the double-bill The Paul Downs Syndrome and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, Ashley Ward, and tonight’s guest Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives)—making up a musical on the spot along with virtuoso improv pianist Frank Spitznagel: Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Eric Andre (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Comedy Central), John Gemberling (Adult Swim, Death by Roo Roo), and “a top secret guest”—at Whiplash

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