NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/14/11

February 14, 2011

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Michael Showalter

It's a night for couples, with Michael Showalter & friend (Whiplash)...

Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal

...and Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal (Hot Tub Variety)

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

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($12): At this terrific annual tradition, “Three hot New York singles will ask outrageous questions to determine which of our hilarious PITizens will be their Valentine. The winners get a date and the losers get prizes that are way too inappropriate to mention here. Two winning couples from past shows have gone on to get married and have babies!” Really, how many shows can say that?: The PIT Dating Game

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, The Tyra Banks Show), Taylor Clark, James Parkinson, Daniel Tirado, and John F. O’Donnell performing at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy hosted by Madcar, and featuring such talents as Jeff Hiller and Katie Schorr, about the inevirable Valentine’s Day subject: Love Sucks!

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): A small army of superb comedic writers, storytellers, and stand-ups—including Elna Baker, Adam Wade, Tom Shillue, Sara Schaefer, Seth Herzog, Ben Lerman, Katina Corrao, and Erin & Her Cello—sharing their tales of being turned down at Brooklyn’s The Bell House for this special Valentine’s Day edition of Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): The hilarious Found Footage Festival (oddball videos not to be missed), Sandra Bauled (YouTube star, MTV), and The Pajama Men (UK sketch comedy stars) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

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

9:30 pm ($5): A one-woman show from Julie Ann Dulude about being raised by strict Catholic parents: Bless This Mess

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues), Todd Barry (HBO,David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), and Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here)—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 at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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