NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/7/11

March 7, 2011

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Ambrose Martos

Ambrose Martos of Cirque de Soleil will be clowning around 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

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 Bar (119 St. Marks Place) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Calise Hawkins (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing), Dan Goodman, Michael Che, Jude Destin, and Yamaneika Saunders performing stand-up at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Clown Ambrose Martos (Cirque de Soleil, Slava’s Snow Show), stand-up Rachel Feinstein (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central Presents, TBS’s Just For Laughs), and musical guest Morgan O’Kane (“We fell in love with our musical guest after seeing him play the banjo and thump a suitcase on the subway platform”) 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): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Thunder Gulch and Dweeb, trying out new bits at Maude Night

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A double-bill of vibrant improv troupes: Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar form a surprise breakout hit as all-gal troupe Doppelganger

9:30 pm ($5): One-person scripted mini-shows by students of the wonderful Jen Nails, who’s stellar at teaching how to Do It Yourself

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central; host of Sunday’s Comedy Night), Phil Hanley, and Ben Roy—hosted by the wonderful Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York) 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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