NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/2/12

July 2, 2012

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Martin & Orloff

Legendary comics Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their indie feature film Martin & Orloff with a screening and Q&A—plus free wine—at UCB East

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: Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1) is tonight’s guest on this open-mic storytelling show, with audience members chosen from a bucket of names getting to tell tales for 8 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge along with host Jake Hart: The Dump

[FREE] 6:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show running about 90 minutes at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with host Chris Gaynor: Open Mic Mondays

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5; includes free wine!): The NYC UCB theaters are closed today to enjoy the hangovers from this weekend’s epic Del Close Marathon…except for this show, which is a 10th Anniversary celebration screening of Matt Walsh’s & Ian Robert’s indie feature film Martin & Orloff at UCB East (which used to be a movie theatre) and that will include a Q&A afterwards with comedy legends Ian & Matt: Matt Walsh & Ian Roberts and Martin & Orloff

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Four improvisers form teams with comics they’ve never performed with before atThe Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Kaleidoscope

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic StandingDavid Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Kendra Cunningham, Chad Plaines, and more 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 Mike Denny, Michael Che, and Nimesh Patel, and often featuring free beer: Broken Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Sketch comics Jon Bass (Book of Mormon), Matthew Robert Gehring (The Story Pirates), Anna Drezen (Famous Last Words), and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (Political Subversities) each show off their solo character work for this unique show at The PIT upstairs theatre, hosted by Branson Reese & Sam Martin: Comedy Expo

[FREE] 9:30 pm: Following a club format, hosts Nore Davis & Andrew Short perform stand-up throughout for a total of 25 minutes, two comics each perform a 15-minute set, and then a seasoned headliner closes out the show with a 20-minute set, all at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: On the Road

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Luke Thayer (Tyra Banks; co-host of The Living Room), Hilary Schwartz, Tim Warner, J-L Cauvin, Adi Blotman, and Angry Bob performing at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue) with host Pat O’Shea: Ed Sullivan on Acid

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic storytelling show at The Magnet hosted by Kelly Buttermore: Storytelling Mixer

[FREE] 10:30 pm: Improv students are welcomed onto the stage at The PIT downstairs lounge for this weekly open access show hosted by Gary DeNoia & Keith Huang: Base Jam

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Exceptionally supportive stand-up open-mic at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Jared Reed: Fresh

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