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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] 6:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neil (breathtakingly innovative improvisor/sketch comic and rising star; The Stepfathers, Diamond Lion), Will Hines (The Stepfathers, host of Wheelhouse), and James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on Last Comic Standing) participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help
[FREE] 6:00 pm: At this monthly show, “three improv teams swap two performers each, pick a long-form style out of a hat, and then perform with their new rosters” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Yankee Swap
7:00 pm ($5): A Chicago-trained improv troupe now at the The PIT known for “nitty-gritty, character driven improv” and its “unique form ‘The Camera,’ which uses the style of famous documentary films such as Grey Gardens and The Salesman to explore the private and public worlds of four unique characters:” Sand
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($7): An extraordinary event that happens only once every few months, this Magnet show mixes the style of live radio with the depth of classic theatre and the energy of stage comedy to create something unique and unforgettable. It’s written and produced by Melanie Hoopes, and stars Melanie, her husband Ed Herbstman (genius comedic actor & improvisor, and co-owner of the Magnet), and Broadway-caliber actors Arthur Aulisi, Jenny Bacon, Eli Janney, and Kelly Park, plus musical guest Teddy Goldstein, with tonight’s theme Mommy’s Gone. Priced at an absurdly low $7 this may well sell out, so reserving tickets is highly recommended by clicking Laurie Stanton’s Sound Diet
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: The top improvisors of UCB West make up scenes based on the tales of a guest monologist at this signature comedy extravaganza, which sometimes includes TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000
[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) Anthony Jeselnik is one of my favorite stand-ups of all time, with a special gift for crafting dark and shocking short jokes, and a lightning-quick mind that allows him to play with any audience in the moment. This genius Emmy-nominated comic is a former writer/performer for Jimmy Fallon, and has also performed on Conan O’Brien, HBO, a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, and his hit comedy CD Shakespeare. Anthony is headlining this one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club along with guitar comic Nick Thune: The Greatest: Anthony Jeselnik
[FREE] 8:00 pm: Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Phil Hanley (Craig Ferguson), Mike Recine (Comedy Central), and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.): Winner of the second season of Last Comic Standing, a frequent performer on Jay Leno and VH1, and star of two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials and an hour-long Comedy Central special, headlining one last night at the Gotham Comedy Club: John Heffron
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), Emily Heller, William Stephenson, Miguel Dalmau, and Rae Sanni performing stand-up at Brooklyn’sKnitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night
9:00 pm ($5): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Erik Bergstrom (author of Grimmer Tales), Greg Johnson (Sirius Radio), and Ross Hyzer performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, Andy Haynes, and/or David Cope: Hot Soup
[FREE] 10:00 pm: Michelle Buteau (Jay Leno, George Lopez, VH1), Justy Dodge, and Neil Thornton performing stand-up at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour
[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with four minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs lounge hosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest host of Whiplash) and Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), plus Alice Wetterlund, Tony Zaret, Charles Gould, and Gonzalo Cordova, at this UCB East show that mixes veteran and up-and-coming stand-ups hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out
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