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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] 7:00 pm ($5): The lovely and unique Violet Krumbein (30 Rock) performs solo sketch comedy—along with three other comics, somehow all crammed into an hour—at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Nick Kocher (BriTANick): Violet Krumbein and More Do Solo Sketch
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 Carol Hartsell’s & John Morrison’s Motel Luca
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Todd Bieber, the razor-sharp Director of Content & Production for UCBComedy.com, has had his video/film work viewed over 25 million times via such sites asYouTube.com, NewYorkTimes.com, and EntertainmentWeekly.com. But before his success, Todd spent a couple of years churning out, as he bluntly puts it, “shitty local commercials in rural Pennsylvania.” If you’re a filmmaker, a fan of ridiculously awful late-night TV ads, or someone who likes to laugh, come enjoy this fascinating and hilarious insider look at microbudget commercials and the creative process (for a trailer, please click here). Directed by UCBT Artistic Director Nate Dern, this debuted in December and was instantly one of the very best solo shows of 2011:Commercial Interruption…
…and in the second half of this double-bill at UCB Chelsea, a sketch play about the opening of a trendy restaurant that serves nothing but pig (including “bacon-infused martinis”), written with wit and bite by Leila Cohan-Miccio (Stone Cold Fox), directed with style by Caitlin Bitzegaio (MTV, PBS, ESPN), and performed superbly by comedic actress Lauren Conlin Adams (keep an eye out for her playing Aurora, a hot and hilariously bubble-headed waitress): Pig: A Restaurant
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($9.47 online or $8 at the door): John Hodgman (The Daily Show, PC vs. Mac commercials, bestselling author), 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), Harrison Greenbaum (writer for Mad Magazine; head writer of Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro on NBCU/Telemundo; winner of the 2010 Andy Kaufman Award), Jamie Lee (College Humor), and Brandon Wardell performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) guest-hosted by ace comedic musician Ted Leo: Hot Tub Variety
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Bored to Death and Down and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), and The Beards of Comedy performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Sweet): Comedy Central Corporate Retreat
[FREE] 8:00 pm: Gary Vider (hilarious; current Joke of the Week); Justy Dodge (co-host of Too Much Information on comicalradio.com; “I was kind of a tomboy growing up. Like, I had Barbies, but only because my Ninja Turtles needed bitches;” for dark bio video, please click here), Selena Coppock (author of upcoming book The New Rules for Blondes), Amy Carlson, Calvin Cato, the Lucas Brothers, and more performing at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless back room(557 Manhattan Avenue, near the G subway’s Nassau Avenue stop) hosted by Nimesh Patel, Michael Che, and/or Mike Denny: Broken Comedy
9:30 pm ($5): Two UCB Chelsea house sketch troupes try out fresh material: Gramp’s (which includes such talents as Laura Grey, Eddie Dunn, and Don Fanelli) and Onassis (which includes such talents as Lauren Conlin Adams): Maude Night: Gramp’s and Onassis
[FREE] 9:30 pm: Eighth Year Anniversary Show, featuring NYC stand-ups Mike Dobbins, Phoebe Robinson, Jay Nog, Kendra Cunningham, Mark Ramirez, Josh Gondelman, James Search, Adam Cozens, and Garry Hannon performing at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue) with host Pat O’Shea: Ed Sullivan on Acid
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Charmingly silly & very funny performer Brandon Gulya can also be a charming & very funny writer. Hence this one-man show he’s hoping will make his career (and which I’ve missed due to deadlines but will finally catch tonight): Brandon Gulya Will Be Famous Soon…
…and in the other half of this UCB East double-bill, Inspired by the popular blog My High School Boyfriend Was Gay, this new show “celebrates our most tragic, hilarious, and heinous teenage memories, full of chaste hugs, Grease sing-alongs, and trips to the stage door to accost the cast ofRent,” with true stories from Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Kyle Supley (Victor Victrola), and Liz Black Kocan (VH1.com) hosted by Damian Bellino and the super-delightful Camille Harris: My High School Boyfriend Was Gay
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include TV & Broadway star Colin Quinn, Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Joe Mande (razor-sharp writer/performer; Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of book Look at This F*cking Hipster), and Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents)—performing at UCB Chelsea and hosted by comedy genius Chris Gethard: 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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