NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/30/11

May 30, 2011

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Chris Gethard

Comedy genius Chris Gethard—whose new TV series debuts June 22nd—performs tonight at Whiplash

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 Amanda Baramki, Anton Shuford, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Mahar, and more performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson:Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Jennifer Grace (Theatre World Award Winner for Our Town), Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee for Falsettos, Diary of Anne Frank), Zoey Martinson (Are We There Yet?, Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure), and Julie Sharbutt (Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night) mixing it up with some of the best  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott), Tara Copeland (Baby Wants Candy, Mother, The Other Guys), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, The Other Guys, The Stepfathers), and Anthony King (brilliant Artistic Director of UCBT, Gutenberg The Musical!, The Curfew)—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5): World-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts a show that’s “like watching the characters of The Wonder Years and Freaks & Geeks all grown up and telling coming-of-age tales of love, lost, regret, and redemption,” with tonight’s yarn-spinners Vito Lantz, Willy Appelman, Jake Goldman, and “two very special guests:” Adam Wade’s Whatever Happened to the Nerds?

[TOP PICK] 9:30 ($5; including free baked clams!): A smorgasbord sketch show featuring a small army of comedy talent—Anthony Atamanuik, Julie Klausner, Rob Lathan, Shannon O’Neill, Justin Purnell, Jason Saenz, Caitlin Tegart, Charlie Toddm and more—making fun of anything and everything while hosts Alex Scordelis & Chris Schell actually serve you free baked clams: The Brooks Brothers Memorial Day Clambake

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories and Dive Comedy), Erik Braunsteen, Katrin Heir, Arthur Carlson, Brian McGuiness, Matt Wayne, Andy Klieman, and Alec Sobel performing stand-up at Pat O’Shea’s and Troy Bynum’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid

10:00 pm ($5): Improv is dominated by guys, so this is a rare treat—a dozen female improvisors “for an evening of comedy that will delight men, women, babies, and kittens,” hosted by Megan Gray: We Might Just Kiss

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include comedy genius Chris Gethard, who in the past has managed to consistently do killer sets with zero prepared material, and at other times has told unforgettable personal stories, and is always worth catching (and has a new TV series on Manhattan Public Access and his Web site starting June 22nd); plus stellar stand-ups TBA—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night Live,Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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