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] 6:00 pm: Nisse Greenberg (Moth StorySlam winner, sketch comic, blogger) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!
6:30 pm ($5): Two shows about which I know nothing audition for a regular spot on the prestigiousUCB Chelsea schedule: The Honeymen Present: A Salute to Honey! and 404ing It: Breaking (Down) the Internet. These might be great or awful; but at $2.50 per show, you can’t go far wrong either way. That’s part of the fun of Spank
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): A delightful comedic singing duo (according to Molly, “really smart, funny, talented, awesome people with great bods; Molly is bitter, heavily medicated and she reads poetry”) performing at 92Y Tribeca for an intimate hour of music and more: Mel & El: Our Time of the Month
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): TV & movie star Richard Lewis, Neal Brennan (razor-sharp, edgy comedy veteran; HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC), Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, writer for Playboy.com) , and Amber Nelson (sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host of Late Night Stand and Mustache Party) performing at UCB East produced by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, and David Cope: Hot Soup
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on the UCB West stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard
[$] 8:00 pm ($53 & 2-drink min.) Former co-host of The Man Show and Loveline, and now host of one of the most popular comedy podcasts on the Net, headlining tonight through Saturday at theCarolines Comedy Club: Adam Carolla
8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improv troupe SidViscous performs a change-of-pace scripted comedic play about “what happens when a gay single father gets caught in a lie and has to pretend his daughter is his wife whenever these mobsters are around, but can’t let his ex-wife or the private investigator she’s hired find out what he’s up to” at The PIT upstairs theatre: My Daughter, My Wife
8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Phooka, and Junior Varsity performing improv, followed at 10:00 pm by Charlie Whitcroft directingJazz Freddie (improvised scenes that focus on show the past, present, and future of one character and then spirals into an exploration of the character’s world), and then at 11:00 improv competitionInspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component): The Magnet’s Night Out
[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!
[$] 8:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up and impressionist who’s done a one-hour Comedy Central special, and performed on Jay Leno and Mad TV, headlining tonight through Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Pablo Francisco
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal practices for her upcoming one-hour taped special (in San Francisco) at UCB East. This has already sold out, but you might be able to get in if you’re okay with standing: Kristen Schaal: Going Blue
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced by 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway: Comedy as a Second Language
[$] 9:00 pm ($15): Producers & writers for The Daily Show, plus a friend or two, who tonight are Paul Mecurio, Michael Hogan, Hallie Haglund, and host Rory Albanese perform stand-up at 92Y Tribeca: The Daily Show Does Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Last week Airwolf turned challenger Hoops in Whoops, scoring its 12th victory in a row 134-17 (ouch!). Tonight Airwolf will aim to squelch the passions of troupe Johnny Romance in this raucous competition at UCB Chelsea for audience laughs and votes: Cage Match
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neil (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), and Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes) host a showcase of female comics at UCB East who tonight include Brandon Scott Jones (the token male) & D’Arcy Carden (sketch), Daisy Rosario (storytelling), P.I.G. (sketch), Emily Axford (musical performance), and Glennis McCarthy (stand-up): Ladies Night: Men Welcome
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