NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/14/11

November 14, 2011

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Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter performs stand-up tonight at Whiplash...

Ted Alexandro

...Ted Alexandro is at Hot Tub Variety...

Mike Albo

...and stellar storytellers Tom Shillue, Andy Christie, Sara Schaefer, John Sellers, and Mike Albo (above) tell us How I Learned You Can't Go Home Again

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): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), along with guest storyteller Martin Dockery (The Moth, The Liar Show; acclaimed as “fantastic” by The New York Times), with improv illustrator Sharon Spell drawing scenes as they’re described, all at Under St. MarksThe Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Seating starts at 5:00 pm (with priority to those buying the book), show at 7:00 pm: A brilliant comedic author, correspondent for The Daily Show, and evil PC in Mac ads reads from his new book That Is All at the Barnes & Noble at Union Square (33 East 17th Street): John Hodgman

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): 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. The show returns tonight 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: NYC stand-ups Selena Coppock, Amanda Baramki, Gary Vider, Kate Hendricks, and Chris Thayer 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): 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 Chelsea and should not be missed: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): “Stories about where we grew up, how we grew up, and what we think of when we think of home,” with stellar storytellers Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), Andy Christie (host of The Liar Show; The New York Times, NPR, Moth GrandSlam Champion), 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), Mike Albo (author of The Junket), and John Sellers (author of The Old Man and the SwampPerfect From Now On) performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Blaise Allysen Kearsley: How I Learned You Can’t Go Home Again

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($9.47 online or $8 at the door): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presentshalf-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Eliza Skinner (Conan O’Brien, genius musical improvisor), and Ben Lerman (nuanced raunchy comedic singer/songwriter; Logo TV’sNewNowNext, Sirius Radio’s Frank DeCaro 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] [FREE] 8:00 pm ($5): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star;Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Nat Towsen (co-host of hit Brooklyn variety show The Moon), and Annie Lederman (host of Mustache Party) each performing a 30-minute stand-up set at UCB East for a show titled one “30” shy of being accurate: The 30/30 Club

[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] 9:00 pm ($5): A monthly mix of storytelling & music at Under St. Marks from rockin’ hosts Peter Aguero & the BTK Band, with tonight’s yarn-spinners Brad Lawrence, Ben Lillie, Rory Scholl, and Jeff Scherer, plus GoGo by Dangrrr Doll & Apathy Angel, and spontaneous illustrations by in-the-moment artist Sharon Spell: The BTK Band: Aguero-Scholl-Scherer Birthday Extravaganza

[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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Kimmel), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales), Becky Yamamoto, Team Submarine, and Mike Denny performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue; take R subway to Prospect Avenue) for this free biweekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Two of UCB Chelsea’s house sketch troupes trying out new bits: Gramp’s (which sadly no longer includes comedy genius Kate McKinnon, but might still kick some ass) andOnassis (which includes talented comedic actress Lauren Adams): Maude Night

10:00 pm ($5—and possibly free pizza from New PIzza Town):Ed Gavagan (The Moth), Chris Fleming, and more performing at The Magnet for hosts Willy Appleman’s & Adam Lerman’s final 2011 edition of Deep Traffic

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

[FREE] 10:30 pm: Improv students are welcomed onto the stage at The PIT downstairs lounge for this weekly open session hosted by Gary DeNoia & Keith Huang: Base Jam

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—tonight includlng Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy troupe Stella, writer/star of feature films The Baxter and Wet Hot American Summer and Comedy Central’s Michael & MIchael Have Issues; author of bestselling book Mr. Funny Pants), Ian Edwards (Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Bad Boys of Comedy, Comedy Central), and Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing; co-host of Hot Soup andWe’re All Friends Here)—at UCB Chelsea 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 theatre 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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