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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] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Judah Friedlander (30 Rock, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, author of How to Beat Up Anybody) and Joe Kelly joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture The debut of this wonderful show about comic books at its brand new location Pianos (158 Ludlow Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and Mannhattan Cable Access’ The Chris Gethard Show; The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of new bestseller A Bad Idea I’m About to Do and Weird New York), delightful sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, VH1), Emmy Blotnick, David Smithyman, and Brendan McLaughlin performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran: Hot Dang
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentaryMetaphyiscal Graffiti, High Times),Ben Lerman (nuanced raunchy comedic singer/songwriter; Logo TV’s NewNowNext, Sirius Radio’s Frank DeCaro Show), Tony Camin (HBO, Comedy Central, The Marijuana-Logues), and more performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends
8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Mr. Crime, Very Good Kiss, Dance Break, Sandino, and Still Mike—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students make up two complete documentary films—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] 9:00 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, one-hour Comedy Central special), Jen Kirkman (Comedy Central,Chelsea Lately), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Kevin McCaffrey, Robert Dean, and more performing stand-up at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Steve O’Brien and produced by Sean Donnelly: Comedy at Alligator Lounge
9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing 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): Nate Bargatze (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), Phoebe Robinson (100 TV Shows To See Before You Die), and Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream) performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are stand-ups Seaton Smith, Jacqueline Novak, and Ben Asher: The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Donnell Rawllings (Chappelle’s Show, Chelsea Lately, MTV’s Hatin’), Al Madrigal (correspondent on The Daily Show), Rory Albanese (Executive Producer of The Daily Show), Helen Hong (E!, TLC), and Mike Cannon (VH1) performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
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