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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] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about this month’s topic “Crime & Punishment”—e.g., why Shakespeare is the supreme crime writer; why we turn our criminals into heroes; how to stay legal in China; and The Evolution and Domestication of the Common Superhero—at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A brand new episode of a classic sitcom written (by Luke Ward) as if it was happening during the height of the show’s popularity, with tonight’s subject Three’s Companyperformed at The PIT featuring wonderful comedic actresses Laura Grey (Horrorgasm, Klepper & Grey) as Janet and Lauren Olson (Our Condolences, Good Morning Ladies) as Chrissy: To Be Continued
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Billy Princell, and more performing stand-up at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of a great late actor: After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 plus 2-drink min.): Conan O’Brien staff writers—who may include Brian Kiley, Todd Levin, Laurie Kilmartin, Andres Du Bochet, Brian McCann, and/or Jesse Pop, plus host Jimmy Pardo—performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club while Conan spends a week in NYC. Please note a similar show happens tomorrow at UCBT West for just $5; but if you like prefer comedy clubs, this will probably be lots of fun: An Evening with The Conan Writers
8:00 pm-11:00 pm ($5): Three full hours of improv at UCB West for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Grandma’s Ashes, Still Mike, Deckard, Very Good Kiss, and Dance Break—followed at 11:00 by advanced improv students (plus Pat Baer) making up The Lost Stories of Philip K. DIck: Harold Night
[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair
[$] 8:30 pm ($15): In this double-bill at The Magnet, singing improv troupes Aquarius and The Traveling Musical Medicine Show each make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Aquarius and The Traveling Musical Medicine Show
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Come help one of the finest stand-ups in the biz, Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, FX’s Louie, HBO’s Flight of the Conchordsand Bored to Death, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), as he performs at The PIT upstairs theatre to hone an hour-long special he’ll soon be taping for Comedy Central: An Hour with Todd Barry
9:30 pm ($5): Typically terrific stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): Righteous Kill
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($8; doors open at 9:30 pm): For the fourth year of this fabulous annual event, over 30 NYC comics get two minutes each to do a set as a famous comedian. This 2011 edition is slated to include impersonations of Anthony Jeselnik, Aziz Ansari, Bobcat Goldthwait, Colin Quinn, David Cross, Emo Phillips, Jerry Seinfeld, Judah Friedlander, Larry David, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Richard Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield, Susie Essman, Todd Barry, Whitney Cummings, Zach Galifianakis, and more. It all takes place at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, between Houston & Bleecker), hosted by Matt Ruby & Mark Normand. For reservations please email email@example.com, and then come enjoy The 4th Annual Schtick or Treat
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives), team up to create their own special version of a comedy variety show at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are new mom Andrea Rosen (brilliant stand-up & storyteller; HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, The Nights of Our Lives, Ding Dong Meow, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; creator & host of IFC game show Pointless; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; triple 2011 ECNY Award winner), and Dave Thunder (Conan O’Brien, ESPN): The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): A comedic freestyle rap contest that’s a UCBT staple plays for one night only at The Magnet, featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—plus a volunteer from the audience!—hosted by genius human beatbox Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (The Daily Show, The Electric Company, Freestyle Love Supreme) and Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien,Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central); and in the other half of this double-bill, musical improv troupe Rosencrantz: The BEATdown and Rosencrantz
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