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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): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show, one-hour Comedy Central special), Ted Travelstead (co-author of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk), Myka Fox, and “a secret musical guest” performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedian and comic book fan Aaron Haber joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop cultureat The PIT downstairs lounge, plus prize giveaways that include advance tickets to John Carter:Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Camille Harris (rising star singer/sketch comic/cutie; featured player on The Moon Show, co-host of My High School Boyfriend Was Gay), Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1; sharp stand-up & white rapper Miss CKC), Jacqueline Novak, and Alison Bennett performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show hosted by the delightful Sara Schaefer and 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 Very Good Kiss, Mr. Crime, Sandino, Grandma’s Ashes, and Dance Break—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students play with reverse chronology in which the show starts with the last scene and ends with the first—all at Harold Night
8:00 pm ($5): A one-man show by Pat Bellatina “being selected as the keynote speaker at his former high school’s commencement. Will he be brave enough to admit that he knows nothing? This comedic musical memoir explores the illusion of success, the joys of lying, and growing up in the Bronx while pretending you didn’t” at The PIT upstairs theatre following a sold-out run at Ars Nova: No No No Yes
[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
[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($10 at the door, $12.75 online): A monthly storytelling show from Jeff Simmermon (NPR’s This American Life), Cyndi Freeman (The Moth, burlesque star) and Brad Lawrence (Moth GrandSlam champion) at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, with tonight’s guests stand-up Wil Sylvince, sideshow performer Albert Cadabra, and burlesque star Little Brooklyn: And I Am Not Lying
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Typically stellar comics (not yet announced, but please check for an update by clicking here) performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Sweet
9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Jerry Shack, Chris Griggs, and Tyler Fole performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by twins Adam & Todd Stone, who for this weekly show leave behind their trademark suits: Jackets Off
9:30 pm ($5): This Sunday stand-up show moves to Tuesdays (replacing Righteous Kill, which ended when Jared Logan was hired to host Comedy Juice at Gotham—see 10:00 pm.) Tonight features star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller), David Cope (co-host of Hot Soup), and Adam Cozens performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives), team up to create their special dark version of a comedy variety show at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are Annie Lederman (Comedy Central), Scott Moran (Rubber Bullets, co-host of Hot Dang), and Eli Olsberg: The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Al Madrigal (newest correspondent of The Daily Show), Neal Brennan (HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
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