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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] 5:30 pm: Improv duo The Bedtime Brothers begin by making up scenes based on an audience member’s horrible dating or break-up experience, and end with scenes springboarding off an audience-supplied movie quote; and in between invited stand-ups and sketch comics perform. It all happens at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Love Sucks! Movies Rock!
6:00 pm ($5): Andrew Beckerman & Mark Bisi (hosts of the Beginnings podcast), plus a “surprise guest,” participate in “a weekly podcast that assembles a new panel of comedians and weird characters to give funny advice, or at the very least relate to the people’s problems with their own stories” at UCB East hosted by Andy Rocco: Here to Help
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000
7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): A former staff writer for Saturday Night Live and writer/performer for 30 Rock who’s also performed on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, and an upcoming one-hour Comedy Central special—and who, at 29, has already developed into a world-class stand-up you should go and enjoy experiencing, as I gratefully did last night—headlining one last evening at the Carolines Comedy Club: Hannibal Buress
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up; staff writer for David Letterman), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, FOX), and Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central; for video about crying while reading The Giving Tree, please click here) performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV), Molly Knefel (Naked in a Fishbowl, John & Molly Get Along), Nore Davis (Comedy Central’s Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus), and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street): Sunday Night Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Freestyle rapping long-form improv troupe North Coast recently clobbered some of the best improv troupes in NYC at UCBT’s Cage Match. Tonight come enjoy this troupe perform on its own for a full hour at The Magnet theatre: North Coast
[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) with a guest host (because Hannibal’s completing his run at Carolines tonight): Comedy Night
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Kara Klenk (host of If You Build It), Monroe Martin, Scott Chaplain, and more performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times) and Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour) performing sets at The PIT, and then improv troupe Before the Accident making up scenes springboarding off the material, at Daws of Jeath
9:30 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of The Magnet Theatre comedy community: Flick Video Showcase
[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal lineup of Allison Castillo (VH1), Erika Wasser (MTV), and Kate Hendricks (North Carolina Comedy Festival) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy (348 West 52nd Street) hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour
10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may include you: Improv Nerds Jam
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