NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 1/17/11

January 17, 2011

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Daniel Kitson

Unique, unforgettable, and hilarious stand-up/storyteller Daniel Kitson performs tonight at both "Hot Tub Variety" and "Whiplash"

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

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 Myka Fox, Ben Kronberg, Trevor Williams, Brandon Wardell, and Yannis Pappas performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): UK-based stand-up & storytelling genius Daniel Kitson, who flat-out should not be missed (and whose NYC theatrical show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church has just two weeks left in its run, so if you want to see it buy your tickets soon), gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogsNYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Matt McCarthy & Oren Brimer presenting new & favorite shorts they’ve made (often with Pete Holmes) as Front Page Films, and musical duo Ronald Reagan 80s 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): Improv based on headlines from the amazing New York PostHeadless Body in Topless Bar

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Gramp’s and Onassis, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Comics try out sketches, monologues, videos, and more at this laid-back show: Casual Sketch

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include UK-based stand-up & storytelling genius Daniel Kitson, who flat-out should not be missed (and whose NYC theatrical show The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church has just two weeks left in its run, so if you want to see it buy your tickets soon), John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Moshe Kasher (very funny LA-based stand-up; comedy CDEveryone you Know is Going To Die, And Then You Are), and more—guest-hosted by the wonderful Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; 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 UCBT’s all-star 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

For my all-time favorite oddball comedy videos, please click here.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.