NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/7/11

November 7, 2011

For full details, please visit

Amy Schumer

Stars Amy Schumer (above), John Mulaney, Wyatt Cenac, and more perform at Comedy Central Corporate Retreat...

Colin Quinn

...and Colin Quinn does stand-up at Whiplash

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 pm ($5): UCBT house sketch troupe Fambly (spearheaded by rising comedy star Mamrie Hart) performs a show at UCB West based around a Sting song: Brand New Day

7:00 pm ($5): Brandon Lee Harris performing a one-man storytelling show at The PIT for the purpose of Getting to Know Me

[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Kate Berlant, Trey Galyon, Jermaine Fowler, Tom Dunlap, and Sean Wilkinson performing 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

[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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A blow-out stand-up show courtesy of Comedy Central, with stars John Mulaney, Amy Schumer, Wyatt Cenac, Tom Papa, Kurt Metzger, and John Roberts performing at UCB East hosted by Dan Soder: Comedy Central Corporate Retreat: John Mulaney, Amy Schumer, Wyatt Cenac, and More

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer forSaturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo that’s become one of the very best attractions at UCB West and should not be missed: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($9.47 online or $8 at the door): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set onJimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Becky Yamamoto (Supercream Supreme), and Adam Lowitt (Producer for The Daily Show) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety with Kurt & Kristen

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The debut of a storytelling show at The PIT upstairs theatre about being in one’s twenties, with tonight’s young guests Rachel Bloom, Ilana Glazer, Aaron Kheifets, Nick Kocher, Brian Mcelhaney, and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine joined by host Emma Koenig (writer of blogFuck! I’m In My Twenties!): Twenties!

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($18): The winning team that created Pope!: An Epic Musical (a big hit at last year’s FringeNYC) and The Spidey Project (a media sensation) is now developing a pirate musical at The Magnet about “the dashing young hero Declan as he seeks out the vicious Martin La Foe, the second most famous pirate ever,” with book and lyrics by Justin Moran & Jon Roufaeal, and music by Adam & Matt Podd: Nightfall on Mirango Island

[TOP PICK] [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

9:30 pm ($5): UCB West house sketch troupes Thunder Gulch (which includes performers Leslie Meisel and Amber Nelson) and Dweeb (which includes writer/performer Stephen Soroka) try out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): Buoyant all-new sketch at The PIT upstairs theatre from troupe Boat

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Mike Pomeranz, Eliza Faria Santos, Josh Homer, Matt Rohr, Kat Hershkovic, Brendan Fitzgibbons, Miguel Dalmau, and Jason Cross performing at Pat O’Shea’s free biweekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue): Ed Sullivan on Acid

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Long-form improv from troupe Casual Sex Offenders at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: CSO Improv Comedy

10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner & Chelsea Clarke hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with guest improvisors: Improv Nerds

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn, Mario Joyner (Seinfeld, The Chris Rock Show, Everybody Hates Chris, Three Men and a Baby, Pootie Tang), Emily Heller (staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), and John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives, host of storytelling open mic Oh Hey Guys)—at UCB West hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan 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

For full details, please visit

If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my latest book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.