NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/28/11

March 28, 2011

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Janeane Garofalo and Julie Sharbutt

Janeane Garofalo does stand-up tonight at Hot Tub Variety, while some of NYC's best actors (such as Julie Sharbutt above) and world-class improvisors crash together 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

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Jeffrey Joseph (HBO, Jay Leno), Katina Corrao (HBO, Comedy Central), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), Harrison Greenbaum (Carolines), Kara Klenk, and Damien Lemon 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 ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing), and Dan Moore (TV comedy writer visiting from Australia) 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): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Opal Alladin (Hedda Gabler, On Golden Pond), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos; Diary of Anne Frank), Katie Meister (The Clean House, Picnic), Michael Patrick O’Brien (Saturday Night Live, Misled), 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), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, The Other Guys, The Stepfathers), and John Lutz (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live)—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

8:00 pm ($5): Robert King performing a one-man show about growing up biracial: Halfrican American

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Neighbor Boy and Fambly, 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 stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Morgan Murphy (fresh, original, and fearlessly dark; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon) and Alex Koll (San Francisco-based stand-up and filmmaker; Comedy Central, Super Deluxe,—hosted by the wonderful Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake; The 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 be Whiplash! 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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