NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/9/11

May 9, 2011

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The Mantzoukas Brothers

Jason Mantzoukas & Ed Herbstman will perform breathtaking duo improv tonight in a rare appearance as The Mantzoukas Brothers

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] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Kevin McCaffrey (David Letterman, MTV), Jena Friedman (host ofEntertaining the Bartender), Jason Good (Comedy Central), Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing), Mike Recine, Meena Dimian, and Ed Galvez performing 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): Brett Gelman (surreal comedy great temporarily back home from LA), Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (genius improv hip-hop sound machine; The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme), Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, The Liar Show), and Baratunde Thurston 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 ($10): Pamela Murphy’s autobiographical show is written & performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing. For video samples of Pam’s work, please click here; and for a plea for your patronage from Pam’s pooch Sadie, please click here. Don’t miss Jane Borden ofTime Out New York‘s pick for Best Solo Show of 2010Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and in the other half of this double-bill, Laura Grey & Jordan Klepper “explore the inevitably rich moments leading up to the act of coupling, and the fallout that follows” in Key Party

8:00 pm ($5): A live show about Facebook pages: Philip Galinsky’s Facebook Comes Alive

8:30 pm ($5): Young comic Cass Bugge performing a self-conscious one-woman show with the hopeful self-fulfilling title I Remember Edwina DeBooveman’s One Woman Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, numerous other TV shows & films; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), Streeter Seidel (College Humor), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony), and Asie Mohtarez performing at Brooklyn’sFreddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue; take R subway to Prospect Avenue) for this free weekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here andhere) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories):Dive Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Gramp’s (which includes sketch genius Kate McKinnon) and Onassis (which includes The Law Firm’s Sue Galloway), trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): In this potentially fascinating experiment, a genuine NYC fashion model is interviewed about her experiences. Improvisors then make up scenes based on her true stories: Look Book

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Genius improvisors Jason Mantzoukas (We Used to Go Out,Mother, Baby Mama) and Ed Herbstman (co-founder of the Magnet Theater) show off how breathtakingly quick-witted and skillful they are at creating scenes from air. Time Out New Yorknamed these guys Best Improv Duo of 2006. Jason is briefly back in NYC from his work in film in LA; take advantage of this rare opportunity to see these improvisation comedy stars shine in an intimate setting (barring a last-minute mishap, I will): The Mantzoukas Brothers

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn, comedy giant Eugene Mirman, and Robert Kelly (Comedy Central, Opie & Anthony)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien,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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