NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/21/11

February 21, 2011

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Michael Showalter's Mr. Funny Pants

Michael Showalter has a new bestselling book, so go see him perform tonight at 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 from Ruby Marez and Binu Paulose will improvise within a single scene, in the double-bill The Cascade and RuBin

7:00 pm ($5): Comedy troupe Dept. of Etc. performing a show taking a silly look at reproduction:The Miracle of Birth

[FREE] 7:30 pm: The delightful Abbi Crutchfield (MTV, VH1, co-host of Positively Awesome), Adam Pateman, Doug Smith, Vlad Caamano, and Miguel Dalmau performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub guest-hosted tonight by Ray Marshall: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): 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; author of bestselling new book Mr. Funny Pants), Patrick Borelli (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and previously for Conan O’Brien; Adult Swim, ESPN; author of book Holy Headshot!), and Katina Corrao (HBO, Comedy Central, VH1) 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): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, Ashley Ward, and tonight’s guest Chelsea Clarke (Reuben Williams)—making up a musical on the spot along with virtuoso improv pianist Frank Spitznagel: Diamond Lion

8:00 pm ($5): Improv based on headlines from the amazing New York PostHeadless Body in Topless Bar

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Stand-up & 30 Rock star Judah Friedlander; stellar storytellers Tom Shillue, Ophira Eisenberg, and Andy Christie; superb stand-ups Dan St. Germain and Leah Dubie; and author Bob Powers performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

8:30 pm ($5): Duo improv set in the roarin’ 1920s from David Levin & Alex Marino in The Cousins Zell; and duo improv from friends-like-sisters Lindsey Dinsmore & Julia Hynes in Sisser

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Arbuckle and Stone Cold Fox, 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 John Mulaney, Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, and Carmen Lynch—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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