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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:
[FREE] 6:30 pm: Open-mic storytelling, with each of the four audience members chosen from the bucket of names getting to tell tales for 7 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge along with host Jake Hart: The Dump
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
[TOP PICK] 7:15 pm: Before tonight’s Hot Tub Variety begins at 8:00, comedy giant Kristen Schaal will be cleaning house by selling various items she no longer needs—clothing, props, an espresso maker, “and some other incredibly cool stuff from her incredibly cool apartment”—to raise money for the venue where the sale takes place, Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street), so come early and Buy Kristen Schaal’s Cool Stuff
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Broadway & off-Broadway stars Jenn Gambatese (Broadway: Is He Dead?, Hairspray, Tarzan, All Shook Up, Footloose), Cristin Miloti (30 Rock; Broadway: Once, Coram Boy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Stephen Ruddy (Skype Duet, Chekhov’s Gun), Amy Rutberg (The Divine Sister, Recount, Our Leading Lady), and Amy Warren (Adding Machine,Broadway: August: Osage County) mixing it up with stellar improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Stepfathers), John Lutz (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, John & Scott), and Arden Myrin (MadTV, Chelsea Lately, Kinsey) as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at UCB Chelsea for actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($9.47 online or $8 at the door): A stand-up superstar so big that I can’t mention his name, but think pale and food-obsessed; plus Ben Kronberg (Comedy Central) and Scott Moran (co-host of Hot Dang) 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
8:00 pm ($5): Writers from the UCB community were asked to write a TV pilot. The two scripts selected as the best will be performed as staged readings tonight at UCB East, which the one receiving the most audience votes going on to a finalist showdown in May: Creative Control: TV Pilot Edition
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Charlie Kasov, Gary Vider, Lauren Vino, Tim Warner, Zach McGovern, and Freddy Sheffield 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
8:30 pm ($5): At The Magnet, sketch or improv from Old Timey Radio; and in the other half of this double-bill, Kevin Cobbs & Alessandro King perform sketch or improv set in old-time Hollywood in Listen, Kid!
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Celebrating this show’s First Year Anniversary is a killer great lineup: Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’sBest Week Ever; co-host of Hot Dang and hit podcast You Had to Be There), Patrick Borelli (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and previously for Conan O’Brien; Adult Swim, ESPN; author of book Holy Headshot!), Amanda Melson (Comedy Central), and musical guest Kent Odessa performing 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 hereand here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): “Jonathan Blank and Samara Doucette say what everyone else thinks on dates, but never says; so join them and guest comedians as they divulge all of their wildest and most embarrassing dating stories. This monthly storytelling show contains the truth and nothing but the truth, but most of the stories are more surreal than if David Lynch directed romantic comedies. Everything from wild hookups to emotional breakups are on the table.” Tonight’s storytelling guests at The PIT upstairs theatre are Ben Lillie (host of The Story Collider) and Erin Barker: This is Awkward
[FREE] 9:30 pm: Improv spinning off sets by NYC stand-ups, with the improvisors including such talents as Micah Sherman, Bob Kulhan (Baby Wants Candy), Tim Martin (Airwolf), Jon Karpinos (iO Chicago), and Sarah Nowak (Second City, The Baldwins), all performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Micah Sherman: Fun
10:00 pm ($5): Improv is dominated by guys, so this is a rare treat—a dozen female improvisors “for an evening of comedy that will delight men, women, babies, and kittens” at The Magnet hosted by Megan Gray: We Might Just Kiss
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who haven’t yet been announced, but you can check for an update here—performing at UCB Chelsea and hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) at 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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