NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 4/11/11

April 11, 2011

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Craig Rowin

Craig Rowin, who made national headlines with his resonant, hilarious, and always polite plea for one million dollars, guest-stars in an improvised musical tonight at "Diamond Lion"

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: Phoebe Robinson (The Daily News, The New York Times), Matt Ruby (co-host ofHot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, TruTV), and Seaton Smith (Just for Laughs Festival, Opie & Anthony) performing stand-up at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub guest-hosted by Sabrina Jalees (so Phoebe can try out a new set): Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Bobby Tisdale (senior staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live), Kara Klenk (Comedy Central, Spike TV), and Mo Welch (visiting from Chicago) 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): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Tara Copeland, Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Michael Kayne, Winston Noel, Amber Petty, Mike Still, Ashley Ward, and tonight’s guest Craig Rowan (Comedy Central, ESPN, The Onion, perpetrator of fabulous hoax Please Give Me One Million Dollars) 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 ($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): Jen Sanders, Joel Jones, and Kim Ferguson “take the fragile stuff that makes us human and mock it mercilessly in sharp, funny, tightly-written sketches” in The Answer Man; and Alessandro King & Kevin Cobbs parody show biz in the sketch show Listen, Kid!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, Gramps’ (which includes powerhouse Kate McKinnon of Tremendous Machine) and Onassis (which includes Fran Gillespie & Sue Galloway of The Law Firm), trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): This showcase for the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class tonight features Kelli Hornachek’s one-woman show about her grandmother, “the most beautiful girl in Budapest,” whose life changes with the Communist occupation of Hungary at the end of WWII: ChayaChaya!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who haven’t been announced yet, but you can check the schedule by clicking here—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) 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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