NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 8/15/11

August 15, 2011

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Naked in a FIshbowl

Wonderful improvisors at the elegant Cherry Lane Theatre charging a ridiculously low $10: "Naked in a Fishbowl"

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] 6:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show running about 90 minutes at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Chris Gaynor: Open Mic Mondays

[FREE] 6:30 pm: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Kenney Joseph, Emma Willmann, John F. O’Donnell, Daniel Tirado, and Aaron Kiminos-Smith performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[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 five-week Monday evening run, concluding tonight, at the elegant Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, near the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) that allows you to catch the gals for a mere $10: Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VH1, The Apprentice), Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show), Chris Laker (co-host of podcast It Could Be Better), and Joe Machi performing at a new monthly show at Brooklyn’s Bruar Falls (245 Grand Street) hosted by a class act: Jacqueline Novak and Friends

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Abbi Crutchfield (co-host of Positively Awesome and The Living Room), Kara Klenk (co-host of If You Build It), Dave Lester, Mike Trainor, Jay Nog, Chris Gaynor, Jen Mutascio, and Peter Moses performing at Pat O’Shea’s free biweekly Brooklyn showcase atFreddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid

9:30 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) bringing their A-game—because their sets are captured at this new monthly show as audition tapes—performing at The PIT’s basement lounge: The Grass Route: Built from the Underground Up

[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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