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] 6:00 pm: SM Shrake (NPR’s This American Life, Mortified, The Moth) is tonight’s guest yarn-spinner 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!
[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): The promising The 2017 Tony Awards, which I caught a bit of at School Night and is likely to be way fun, plus The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: A Comedy, audition for a regular spot on the prestigious UCB Chelsea schedule: Spank
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Ben Lerman (nuanced raunchy comedic singer/songwriter; Logo TV’s NewNowNext, Sirius Radio’s Frank DeCaro Show) joins 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): At this UCB East improv double-bill, first ace all-gal troupe Doppelganger makes up scenes based around audience tattoos in Doppelganger Gets Inked; and then Sandino—which includes Don Fanelli, Brandon Gulya, and Kate Riley—interviews an audience member about some puzzle and then acts out scenes providing an unexpected answer: Sandino: Unsolved Mysteries
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A glorious collection of hilarious movie clips about sharks from super-fan Kevin Maher and filmmaker Matt Glasson which is summed up by this trailer. This special event is “an obsessive look at dozens of classic (and some not-so-classic) movies that preceded and followed in the wake of Jaws, including the Italian knockoff that Universal banned from the US, the inevitable mermaid porno Gums, and incredible scenes of sharks going against zombies, superheroes, giant apes, Jackie Chan, Burt Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, the Olsen Twins, and the Harlem Globetrotters.” There are hours of clips, but the show will run a tight 70 minutes, with you and the rest of the audience choosing which scenes to see—e.g., Bo Derek in Orca the Killer Whale or Karen Black in Killer Fish. Don’t miss this wonderful toothy treat at the Brooklyn Observatory (543 Union Street; take the N to Union Street or F/G to Carroll Street): Kevin Geeks Out About Sharks
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Stand-up and stage magic are combined at UCB Chelsea by Harrison Greenbaum, a comic who’s devoted a lot of time and passion to both fields, resulting in both laughs and tricks you won’t have a clue how he pulled off: Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened?
8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Rick Andrews directing The Weave (organic freeform improv “with no rules”), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component), featuring last week’s winner against Human Pyramid: The Magnet’s Night Out
[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Andrew Shultz (MTV2’s Guy Code and Hip Hop Squares), and more performing stand-up at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club
[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): The Daily Show producer Rory Albanese, and performers & writers of the show Al Madrigal, Michael Hogan, and Michael Eisner, plus special guest Nikki Glaser (co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing; podcast You Had to Be There), performing stand-up at 92Y Tribeca: The Daily Show Does Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Emmy Blotnick (Jimmy Fallon), Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor), and Brian Frange performing at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out
[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
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv troupe Good Dad, comprised of such superstars as Neil Casey, Fran Gillespie, and Jon Gabrus, laid to rest Graceland last week 114-60. Tonight it hits the waves with troupe Surfing as these two teams compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match
11:00 pm ($5): “Secret movie screenings of movies you probably haven’t seen and/or should see again” at UCB East (which used to be a movie theatre) hosted by Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers), JD Amato (Harold Night), and Mike Roth (Two Boots Video): Secret Movie Show Presented by Two Boots Video
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