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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 $12 marked with $) include:
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I ;
…and in the other half of this double-bill, Seth Kirschner (30 Rock, Lipstick Jungle) plays every character in a half-hour one-man TV episode parodying 90s sitcoms titled Sertainly Seth
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s wonderful guests Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious 2011 ECNY Award winner for Best Musical Act), Jared Logan (rising star stand-up; Comedy Central), Carolyn Castiglia (VH1’s White Rapper, and superb stand-up), and John Murdock performing at The PIT’s basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Some of NYC’s top comedic singer/songwriters—Corn Mo, Kimmy Gatewood, Ben Lerman, and Amy Miles—plus ace sketch/improv comic Matt Higgins performing haiku and Joe Schiappa doing poetry—will rock the house in a show hosted by Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): An hour of improv directed by Magnet Theatre co-owner Armando Diaz: Evente
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BIRBIG): One of the finest comics in the country, Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
[$] 8:00 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.) A veteran comedic actor in both TV and feature films headlining through Sunday at Carolines: John Witherspoon
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, terrific raunchy singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, Sharon Spell (host of Shrink), and Rob O’Reilly performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show hosted by Sean Crespo & Dan Wilbur, and produced by Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Kurt Metzger (Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans), Lynn Koplitz (WETV’s Joan Knows Best), and more performing at Comedy Below Canal
[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and guest-host Ben Kissel (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard
9:30 pm ($5): “Using an ad on Craigslist, best friends Dave Ahdoot & Ethan Fixell challenged pairs of women to double-date them, and documented the comical results for YouTubers everywhere. Two hundred dates later, their experiences have been translated into comedic reenactments, songs, and valuable lessons in everything from dancing to kissing. Tonight the dating experts return after a 50-date national college tour just in time for Dave’s birthday at Dave and Ethan, Dating Coaches: Birthday Party!
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Top improvisors, including Jordan Klepper & Laura Grey, Swords, and Doppelganger make up one-act plays on the spot in The Scene
[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Mountains will tremble and the oceans will boil as reining improv champion The Law Firm goes up against one of the greatest improv troupes of all time, the mighty Death by Roo Roo, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match
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