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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted) include:
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Justin Peters about—wait for it—condiments. “Mitch ‘Packets’ Franco has demonstrated condiments at groceries, farmers’ markets, superstores, and gas stations in all 50 states; over the course of 25 minutes, he’ll give you the inside squeeze on how all your favorite condiments are marketed, shipped, distributed, and sold; how to seduce a checkout girl; how to tell a supermarket by its odor; and other lessons learned during his wild life in America’s grocery aisles” at The Magnet: Confessions of a Condiment Hustler
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Blowout line-up of TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), “secret guests who cannot be named,” plus musical guests Sean Bones and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing at the Lolita Bar to celebrate the Sixth Anniversary of Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The debut of a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of the late great Gene Hackman, with tonight’s guests TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, stand-up Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), sketch duo Team Submarine, singer Amy Miles, tweeter Alex Baze, and more performing at UCBeast (UCB East at 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Dan Soder, Michael Che, Reese Waters, and host Andy Haynes performing at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) for the one-night-only MTV Comedy Showcase
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Marc Bernardin (writer for SyFy Channel’s Aphas) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: At this unique show, comics play videos they’ve made about themselves and then perform sets, with tonight’s guests musical duo The Reformed Whores, plus stand-ups RG Daniels, Andy Haynes, and Tom Sibley at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Anecdotal Evidence
8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Mr. Crime, American Cousin, Dance Break, Sandino, and Standard Oil—and at 11:00 pm advanced UCBT students making up movies—all at Harold Night
8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rosencrantz and BEEES!
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central), Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet
[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) celebrate the birthdays of Harrison Greenberg and Baratunde Thurston at Bar 82 (136 Second Avenue, between 9th & St. Marks Streets): Happy Birthday Harrison & Baratunde
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Rich Vos (stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and currently on the Opie & Anthony radio show), Bonnie MacFarlane (Comedy Central, Cheat), Jane Borden (treasured Comedy Editor of Time Out New York, author of I Totally Meant to Do That), and Tim Dimond performing at the PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill
9:30 pm ($5): This showcase for the wonderful Jen Nails’ Do It Yourself class tonight features debuts of the one-person shows How I Learned to Love Getting Fired and And That Responsibility Is Overrated, both with the theme of Blown Jobs
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A stellar stand-up show hosted by Adam Lowitt (Producer at The Daily Show) moves to UCBeast (UCB East at 155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B), with tonight’s guests Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here), and Henry Phillips: It Is It
[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer
[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It
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