NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/23/11

May 23, 2011

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John Mulaney

One of the very finest stand-ups in the country performs a deliciously long set at UCBT: "John Mulaney: For the Hour"

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:

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($30, plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): ” A musical one-woman comedy show from Broadway’s Jackie Hoffman at Joe’s PubJackie Five-Oh

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson), J-L Cauvin (Craig Ferguson), Graham Keay, Jake Weisman, and John Mihilser performing at a free weekly show in theManchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A writer/performer for Saturday Night Live (for a sample, please click here) who’s also one of the very finest stand-ups in the country—with appearances on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever, etc.—performing a deliciously long set tonight that’s likely to leave you breathless with laughter and chuckling weeks later: John Mulaney: For the Hour

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. This show was previously a wonderful theatrical event that cost $18 and up. Don’t miss this run at The PIT that allows you to catch the gals for a mere $10: Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing), and musical guest Leeni 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

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s fine house sketch comedy troupes, Fambly (featuring rising star Mamrie Hart) and Neighbor Boy, trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame “sing about everything from venereal diseases to Jurassic Park in sweet harmonies that will remind you of the good old days. Their lilting country style will warm your heart, tickle your funny bone, and make you cross your legs in fear and discomfort. You are powerless against the force that is” Reformed Whores

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who tonight include Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Simon Anstell (brilliant, charismatic UK comedic storyteller), and Owen Smith (Comedy Central, Everybody Hates Chris)—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

[FREE] 11:30 pm: Adira Amram (fresh, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter; winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act), David Smithyman, Graham Keay, Bob Powers, Doug Smith, Stone & Stone, and Tess Barker performing at Brooklyn’s Freddy’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 and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

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