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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 $) include:
[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia has long been one of the finest stand-up comics in the country, with credits including 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; and the comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live. But what puts Mike in a class all his own is a unique style he’s developed that mixes the razor-sharp hilarity of the finest stand-up with the depth of emotionally moving theatre. Mike pioneered this approach with his previous off-Broadway hit Sleepwalk with Me (which he then turned into a New York Times bestselling book,Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories); but he’s raised his game to a whole new level with this show, which is regularly selling out—for good reason. The $35.50 (discounted via codeBOX) price is about what you’d pay at a comedy club…and it’ll buy you one of the richest experiences you’re ever likely to receive from art. To enjoy world-class laughs while being taught how to value what’s truly important, grab tickets while you can at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop); this utterly brilliant one-man show is slated to run only through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and a nomination for the 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through May to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories
6:30 pm ($5): A Harold improv session performed in the dark: The Bat
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Brett Gelman (surreal comedy great temporarily back home from LA), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’sFunny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), and Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents, co-host ofRighteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Colin Jost (writer for Jimmy Fallon, former writer for SNL), Kevin McCaffrey (freelance writer for David Letterman, TruTV), Morgan Venticique, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge:Sunday Night Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-item min.): A stand-up who’s performed on NBC, BBC, Comedy Central Presents, and The Howard Stern Show, and has twice won Time Out New York’s Best Comedy Performance of the Year award, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Doug Stanhope
8:00 pm ($5): A biography, from birth to death, made up on the spot by improvisors Dave Maulbeck, Jared McGrail, and Taylor White: Life
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mike Recine, Annie Lederman, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and Seaton Smith, and Jeff Wesselschmidt performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show tonight guest-hosted by Amber Nelson: Cold Soda Comedy
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), Jay Pharoah (SNL), Helen Hong, Nikki Glaser, and Todd Lynn, Seth performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Seaton Smith: Comedy Night
9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and an escalating challenge component—at Magnet Inferno
[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Shecky Beagleman (feature film Hacks), Emily Dickson, and Yameneika (TruTV, VH1) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour
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