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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] 7:00 pm ($5): Katie Hartman, who’s half of hilarious sketch comedy duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, going solo tonight with “a menagerie of bizarre and bewildering characters in the shittiest parade you’ve ever seen. But not a literal parade. Please don’t expect a parade:” Unhuggable
7:00 pm ($5): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup andWe’re All Friends Here), Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, CBS, VH1, movie star; host of Sweet), and Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) performing stand-up at the Magnet Theatre for Adam Lerman’s and Willy Appleman’s Deep Traffic
[FREE] 7:00 pm: Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; 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 Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Ryan Johnson, and Alex Carbano performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4 minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2 hours—with an early show hosted by Sean Donnelly & Blaine Perry at 7:00 pm, and an entirely different group of stand-ups hosted by Dan Cartwright & Dave Greek at 9:00 pm—at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca
8:00 pm ($5): A UCBT sketch show by Leah Gotcsik & Marty Johnson: Somebody’s in the Doghouse; and in the other half of this double-bill, a mini-play that pleased the college-age audience I saw it with, but that I wish wasn’t written to be so calculating and by-the-numbers (e.g., the ending was dead obvious within the first few minutes)…but is probably worth seeing if only for the genuinely fresh & funny tailor scene: Brad Sacks Gets a Handjob
8:00 pm ($5): Any show ballsy enough to begin its description with “Have you ever loved a mop? Susan-Kate Heaney has…” is worth exploring. This one-woman show is happening at The PIT: Confessions of a Mop-oholic
8:00 pm ($5): Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Rob Stern, Matt Koff, Erik Tanouye, and Boris Khaykin performing stand-up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by ace improvisor and aspiring stand-up Will Hines: Wheelhouse
[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1; to watch his hit videoPachelbel Rant, which has been viewed by over 9 million people on YouTube, please click here), Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor, co-host of It’s Not That Serious), Jaqi Furback, Erik Bergstrom, Adam Chisnall, Jessimae ,Troy Bynum, and Adam Chisnall performing at Pat O’Shea’s free biweekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): UCBT has developed several terrific in-house sketch comedy troupes, but only two of them currently rival the finest sketch groups in the country. One is Kate McKinnon’sGramp’s; and the other, Stone Cold Fox, is performing tonight. Stone Cold Fox has a stellar “best of” show virtually every Friday at 7:30 pm, which I highly recommend catching. Tonight the troupe tries out new bits, some of which will hit the mark and some of which will misfire; but hopefully the whole experience will be fun. Also on this double-bill is house troupe Archbuckle, which isn’t in the same league, but includes such notable performers as Violet Krumbein (currently in a national TV ad for an investment firm)—all at Maude Night
9:30 pm ($5): “A drama written by teen Jerome McDonough that teaches teens about the evils of alcohol abuse. A talented and twistedly funny group of adults (the Marumsco Valley Players) will present the hard-hitting play, stage directions and all—while under the influence!:” Alky
10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner & Chelsea Clarke hosting a show with guest improvisors at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Improv Nerds
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the world—who haven’t been announced for tonight, but with top comics in town for this past weekend’s comedy festival a strong lineup is likely—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night Live, Conan 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
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