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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:
[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Three shows auditioning for a regular run on the prestigious UCBT schedule. I know nothing about the second two (Carl Gregory: Personal Fertility Clinic and Everybody’s Dumb and Boring), but at 6:00 pm brilliant comedic actresses Amy Heidt, Fran Gillespie, and other talents perform a spoof of ABC’s The Bachelor written by UCBT rising stars Leila Cohan-Miccio & Caitlin Tegart, and directed by Caitlin: After the Final Rose: A Sketch Show for the Right Reasons
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($20 plus $15 food/drink min.): I haven’t seen this production, but the fact it’s been included in the gala FringeNYC 15th Anniversary All-Star Series, and I love all the other shows I’ve seen in the series, is good enough for me. This one-night-only revival of a 2007 musical comedy about Brooklyn takes place at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, inside the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street, off Ninth Avenue): Williamsburg: The Musical
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm: Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s guests star singer/songwriter Corn Mo (.357 Lover), hit UCBT improv troupe Doppleganger, Katina Corrao (The Good Neighbor Minute), and Gabe Pacheco (Anecdotal Evidence) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Young Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) has the makings of a new UCBT star performing a one-woman show in which she engagingly plays a variety of oddball characters you might encounter at summer camp, while Paul Welsh debuts a one-man show about a hall of portraits, in the double-bill Welcome to Camp! and Men in Paintings
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller performing a two-man sketch show designed as a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): An hour of improv directed by Magnet Theatre co-owner Armando Diaz: Evente
8:00 m ($35 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up and comedic actor who’s hosted NBC’s Last Comic Standing and MTV Jams, and performed on HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA, TBS, and feature films, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Bill Bellamy
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing,Comedy Central), Joe DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately), Dan Goodman, and Chris Rozzi 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 a guest (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), and Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central) —joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Joy!” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!
9:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot in The Scene
9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can get a behind-the-scenes peak—plus comics Streeter Seidell, Jake & Amir, Pat Cassels, Jeff Rubin, and Dan Gurewitch—at CollegeHumor Live
[$] 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): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Joe DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately), and Joe List (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) performing stand-up at The PIT for this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Curfew and Great Big Dinosaur competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match
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