NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/21/11

March 21, 2011

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Colin Quinn

TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn does stand-up tonight at Whiplash

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: Musical improv from two gals performing as troupe Warbucks

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Jamie Lee (MTV’s Ridiculousness, Last Comic Standing), Hugh Moore (Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing), Joe List (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (College Humor), and David Lee Nelson performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub guest-hosted tonight by Miguel Dalmau (TruTv): Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Andrea Rosen (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, superb UCBT one-woman show Ding Dong Meow, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Joe Garden (Features Editor of The Onion, author ofThe New Vampire’s Handbook), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, MTV, written for Jimmy Fallon), and “a secret musical guest” performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 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 Laura Grey & Jordan Klepper “explore the inevitably rich moments leading up to the act of coupling, and the fallout that follows” in Key Party

8:00 pm ($5): “Ever wonder how you become a writer for an Emmy winning TV show? So does J. D. Durkin. Since no one has told him, here is his one-man show performing all original material to become a writer for The Colbert Report. Durkin channels Colbert live on stage to present political punditry as only The PIT could do it…and only The PIT, since he was escorted off the Comedy Central premises:” Stephen Colbert: Hire Me

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

9:30 pm ($5): Young, adorable performers make up a musical on the spot as Zamboni Musical Improv

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who tonight include John Mulaney, Colin Quinn, Christian Finnegan, and Jamie Lee—hosted by the wonderful Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeThe Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, The Chris Gethard Show, 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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