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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:
[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show running about 90 minutes at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Chris Gaynor: Open Mic Mondays
[TOP PICK] 7:00 ($5): In 1976, 1977, and 1978, Paul Lynde annually taped his zany Halloween show. Now, through the use of Doc Brown’s time machine, Paul will travel to the future—all the way to the 25th Century—to bring his light-hearted satirical look at television variety specials with a new generation of celebrities at The Magnet. Join Paul and his guests Sammy Davis Jr., Vincent Price, Barry Lank, and more as they celebrate the Halloween season as only Paul can: The Paul Lynde Halloween Special in the 25th Century
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($16): 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. It’s running every Monday at the elegant Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, near the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop):Naked in a Fishbowl
[FREE] 7:00 pm: Ray Marshall, Harriet Halloway, Miguel Dalmau, Ben Walker, and Jayson Cross performing stand-up at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson:Case of the Mondays Comedy
[FREE] 7:30 pm: Four improvisers form teams with comics they’ve never performed with before atThe Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Kaleidoscope
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): God-fearing villagers versus Satan spawn competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB West’s Halloween edition of its raucous improv contest: Cage Match: Townspeople vs. Witches
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and UCBT’s The Chris Gethard Show; Magic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of book Weird New York; winner of 2011 ECNY Award for Best Tweeter), Katina Corrao (HBO, Logo), Kara Klenk (co-host of If You Build It), David Cope (co-host of Hot Soup), Alice Wetterlund (improv troupe Garamond), and Harry Terjanian (Sirius XM Radio) performing at UCB East hosted by ace improvisor and aspiring stand-up Will Hines:Wheelhouse
8:00 pm ($5): Improvised terror at The PIT upstairs theatre from a troupe performing a Halloween-themed musical made up on the spot: The Shady Bunch
[FREE] 9:00 pm: PIT owner Ali Farahnakian and razor-sharp PIT instructors perform improv at The PIT downstairs lounge in The Faculty Part 2: Electric Boogaloo; plus improv troupe Technicolor
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): UCB West house sketch troupe Thunder Gulch—which features such appealing talents as Shannon O’Neill, Leslie Meisel, and Ari Scott—puts on a Halloween show in the style of Saturday Night Live, but with monsters instead of comics: Monster Night Live
9:30 pm ($5): D&D-style epic fantasy improv—tonight with Halloween themes—at The PIT upstairs theatre led by a Dungeon Master
10:00 pm ($5): Improvisors Chelsea Clarke, Brandon Gardner, and Philip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guests: Improv Nerds
[FREE] 10:30 pm: Open-stage improv at The PIT downstairs lounge for any improv student seeking more experience, hosted by Gary DeNoia & Keith Huang: Base Jam
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A special Conan O’Brien edition at UCB West featuring Conan staff writers Todd Levin, Laurie Kilmartin, Andres Du Bochet, and Jesse Pop, plus Eddie Pepitone (Conan O’Brien, The Sarah Silverman Program, Old School), hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central): 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 at The PITupstairs lounge 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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