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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: Phoebe Robinson (The Daily News, The New York Times), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), Jay Nog (AMC), Justin Murray, Emma Willman, and Frank Liotti performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub guest-hosted by Ray Marshall (because Phoebe can stick around for only part of her show tonight): Case of the Mondays Comedy
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and UCBT’s The Chris Gethard Show;Magic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York; winner of 2011 ECNY Award for Best Tweeter), Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1), Serious Lunch (winner of 2011 ECNY Award for Best Sketch Group), and Hallie Haglund (writer forThe Daily Show) 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): Two of the finest improvisors on the planet, Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Let’s Have a Ball, Adsit & Gausas) and Becky Drysdale (Baby Wants Candy, Let’s Have a Ball), are new improv duo Drysdale & Gausas
[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($15, which includes 1 drink, if you mention HyReviews.com[otherwise $20]; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Movie & TV star Janeane Garofalo, Maureen Langan (HBO, Joy Behar Show, ABC News, FOX, MSNBC, WE, The Onion; 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic), Jamie Kilstein (Huffington Post; co-host of Citizen Radio), Jordan Klepper & Laura Grey (Second City, Baggage at UCBT), Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, host of Tell Your Friends), and Raquel D’Apice (writes blog titled The Ugly Volvo; for touching video about lesbians who met in Eastern Europe, please click here) performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel
[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5): Alessandro King & Kevin Cobbs parody show biz in the sketch showListen, Kid! ; 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
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, Arbuckle and Stone Cold Fox, trying out new bits at Maude Night
[FREE] 9:30 pm: Alternately raunchy & touching singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, and stand-ups Hilary Schwartz, Evon Cambell, Selena Coppock, Andy Klieman, Miguel Dalmau, Joe Fury, and Zack and Zack, performing at Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom(627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid
9:30 pm ($5): This showcase for the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class tonight features “the story of a starstruck, motherless girl being raised in the South by a father born before women had the right to vote and a grandmother born before the invention of the automobile; part memoir, part escapist fantasy, this is the story of how she sets herself free:” Untied
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show) and Morgan Murphy (fresh, original, and fearlessly dark; The Comedians of Comedy; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; ore of the last chances to catch Morgan before she moves back to LA)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan 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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