NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/14/11

March 14, 2011

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2011 ECNY Awards

NYC comedy's biggest awards show of the year happens tonight: The 2011 ECNY Awards

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $15 marked with $) include:

7:00 pm ($5): “Edwina Debooveman is a handsome woman with a rich memory unaffected by her constant intake of muscle relaxers. With the help of a financial backer, a talented creative team, a rolodex of contacts to fill the house, and a flimsy show premise she will be performing her own one woman show” at I Remember: Edwina Debooveman’s One Woman Show; plus in the second half of this double-bill, improv from Dustin Drury & Andrew Yurman-Glaser that captures the laid-back feel of Upstate New York

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Adam Newman, Sabrina Jalees, Trey Galyon, and Justin Williams 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): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Mike Still, Ashley Ward, and tonight’s guest Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake; host of The Chris Gethard Show; Magic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York)—making up a musical on the spot along with virtuoso improv pianist Frank Spitznagel: Diamond Lion

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presentshalf-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Jon Glaser (long-time writer for Conan O’Brien, star of Adult Swim’s Delocated), Jen Kwok (viral videos Date an Asian and Butterface), Klepper & Grey, and Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($15): One of the finest comedy events of the year, when virtually the entire downtown NYC comedy community comes together in one room—this year at 92Y Tribeca—to celebrate each other, New York, and the best comedy in the world: The 2011 ECNY Awards

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

10:00 pm ($5): “From the invocation of a name pulled from the obituary pages, the recently deceased gets a final chance to have his or her story told on stage through a series of improvised scenes.” Come celebrate the life and death of a complete stranger—good taste optional—at Dearly Beloved Presents The Wake

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include TV & movie superstar Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live;David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recentLast Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CDVegan Mind Meld), and Neal Brennan—hosted by the wonderful Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and UCBT’s The Chris Gethard ShowMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York) at Whiplash

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