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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 $12 marked with $) include:
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): Smith Magazine hosts a small mob of storytellers—including the delightful Robin Gelfenbien—who tell entire tales for Valentine’s Day in just six words, such as “Following his blog instead of him;” “Arranged marriage now sounding pretty good;””Hired me. Fired me. Married me;” “Butterflies still kicking after 30 years;” “I’m six words away from divorce.”—at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): Six-Word Story Show on Love & Heartbreak
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): A small army of superb comedic writers, storytellers, and stand-ups—including Elna Baker, Dave Hill, Adam Wade, Tom Shillue, Sara Benincasa, Bridey Elliot, and many more—sharing their tales of being turned down at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) for this very special Valentine’s Day edition of Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show: Heartbreak Haven
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): At this terrific annual tradition, “Three hot New York singles will ask outrageous questions to determine which of our hilarious PITizens will be their Valentine. The winners get a date and the losers get prizes that are way too inappropriate to mention here. Two winning couples from past shows have gone on to get married and have babies!” Really, how many shows can say that?: The PIT Dating Game
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door or $7.63 online): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Selena Coppock (author of upcoming book The New Rules for Blondes), sketch musical troupe Political Subversities, and Michael Che performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall for this show that calls attention to its inexpensive price: Cheap Date: Valentine’s Day Edition
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry guests 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
8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Matt Koff, Lucas Molandes, Josh Saltzman, and Glennis McMurray performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang
8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Still Mike, Deckard, Very Good Kiss, Grandma’s Ashes, and Creature—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students play withreverse chronology in which the show starts with the last scene and ends with the first—all at 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
9:00 pm (no cover, one drink min.): NYC stand-ups on this week’s theme Dying Alone, including Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Amber Nelson (sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host ofGutbucket and Mustache Party), Ben Kronberg, Meghan O’Keefe, Josh Gondelman, and Gonzalo Cordova performing stand-up for this weekly show at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A): The Afterlife
[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 special dark version of a comedy variety show at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Eddie Brawley, and John Milhiser: The Tony and Johnny Show
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