NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 2/28/11

February 28, 2011

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Julie Sharbutt

Luminous actress Julie Sharbutt performs along with Broadway and improv stars tonight at Gravid Water

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 two entirely different shows back to back, performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

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: Joe List (Comedy Central), Pat O’Shea (VH1, host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), David Foster (HBO, MTV), Robin Carson Cloud (Carolines), and Chris Laker (It Could be Better podcast) performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson:Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Maria Dizzia (Tony nominee for In The Next Room), Carson Elrod (Reckless, Noises Off), Jenn Gambatese (Is He Dead?, Tarzan, Hairspray, All Shook Up), David Kenner (Old Wicked Songs, Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night) and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott, Hamilton & Adsit), Tara Copeland (Baby Wants Candy, Mother, The Other Guys), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, The Other Guys, The Stepfathers), Becky Drysdale (One Woman in Several Pieces, Let’s Have a Ball), and Anthony King (brilliant Artistic Director of UCBT, Reuben Williams)—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Erin Judge, Ben Kronberg, Gabe Liedman, and “a secret guest” 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): Robert King performing a one-man show about growing up biracial: Halfrican American

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5—with FREE PIZZA!): Sara Schaefer (staffer writer at Jimmy Fallon), Seth Herzog (staff performer at Jimmy Fallon), Joe Mande (comedy Central), and Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien) performing stand-up at the Magnet Theatrae for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’sDeep Traffic

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

10:00 pm ($5): Improv is dominated by guys, so this is a rare treat—a dozen female improvisors “for an evening of comedy that will delight men, women, babies, and kittens,” hosted by Megan Gray: We Might Just Kiss

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include a blowout lineup of Reggie Watts, Dave Hill, and Kumail Nanjiani—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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