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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
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Comedy veterans Miriam Tolan (The Daily Show), Jodi Lennon (Exit 57), and Ari Voukydis perform an improvised play in What a Year!
[FREE] 7:30 pm: Mark Normand (hilarious; Last Comic Standing, co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Chris DiStefano, Jim Tews, and George Gordon 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): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Julie Klausner (I Don’t Care About Your Band), and Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) 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): Laura Grey & Jordan Klepper “explore the inevitably rich moments leading up to the act of coupling, and the fallout that follows” in their improv show Key Party; and in the other half of this double-bill, LA-based improv trio Alex Berg, Todd Fasen, and Alex Fernie perform as award-winning troupe Convoy
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “It’s gay. It’s camp. It’s Gay Camp! Every summer, confused, young campers are sent away to Camp Acceptance to ‘cure’ their homosexuality. Start with a deliciously evil headmaster and a closeted lesbian guidance counselor, throw in a few electrified fences, disco balls, white girls rapping, boy-boy love, girl-girl love, gay Twister, Sarah Palin, slow-motion fantasies, whips, handcuffs, flannel, and more innuendos than you can shake a dildo at, and you’ve got…” Gay Camp
[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5—possibly includes FREE PIZZA): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Dave Hill Explosion), Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Adrienne Iapualucci (Last Comic Standing), Kevin Barnett, and storyteller Ed Gavagan (The Moth) performing at the Magnet Theatre for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’s Deep Traffic
9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Dweeb and Thunder Gulch, trying out new bits at Maude Night
9:30 pm ($5): This showcase for the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class tonight features stand-up star Marina Franklin working out the early stages of her one-woman show Life Imitating Art, and Jan Warner performing the one-person show Pull Me Back
[FREE] 10:00 pm ($5): An opportunity for you to try out your comedic monologue or sketch piece:Casual Sketch
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who tonight include TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), and Jen Kirkman (HBO, VH1, Chelsea Lately, Craig Ferguson, staff writer for NBC sitcom Perfect Couples)—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 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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