NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/12/12

November 12, 2012

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Jonathan Ames

Jonathan Ames, author & creator of HBO’s Bored to Death, is among the luminaries raising post-Sandy funds at Brooklyn Relief: A Night of Words, Music, and Comedy…

Billy The Mime

…and a wryly brilliant silent comic performs as Billy the Mime

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: Cammi Climaco (co-host of Ask Me Stories) debuts this weekly hour-long open-mic storytelling show, with 6 audience members chosen from a bucket of names getting to tell tales for 6 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge. My note to PIT management: Please give Cammi 90 minutes for this show so she can provide a proper 8 minutes per storyteller, plus a guest-host each week, so it can be competitive with other offerings—even if that means changing the show’s current name: Six By Six

6:00 pm ($5 cover for comics, no cover for audience with code HyReviews, plus 1-drink min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4 1/2 minutes per set and 20 comics crammed into 2 hours—at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club (99 MacDougal Street) for John Morrison’s Village Motel

[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

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5.65 in advance online, $8 at the door): A monthly storytelling show from the wonderful Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 18-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Tales of the Cosmos and Whatever Happened to the Nerds?; for a sampling of Adam’s award-winning tales, please click here), along with guest storyteller Steven Berkowitz (Moth StorySlam winner), at Under St. Marks: The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

7:00 pm ($5): A variety show mixing sketch, stand-up, music, and improv (sadly, this month’s guests haven’t been announced) at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by all-gal improv troupe Gypsy: The Mélange

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

7:30 pm ($10; sign-up starts at 7:00 pm): Open mic for stand-ups, storytellers, singers, poets, actors, and more, with 5 minutes per performer and 25 slots available, at One and One Bar’s Downstairs Nexus Lounge (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) hosted by Nathan P., followed by a raucous afterparty with dancing & drink specials from 10:00 to midnight: Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style. Street performers have given mime a bad rep; but if you think about it, what mime does is boil a situation down to its essential elements, and then express those elements in a manner that’s instantly and universally understood. That’s really what art is all about; and that’s also what Billy the Mime does, often brilliantly. (For my review of his FringeNYC show in 2006, please click here.): Billy the Mime

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($20 at the door or $24 in advance online): Comics, storytellers, writers, and musicians—including Jonathan Ames, Amy Sohn, Elna Baker, and Dan Wilbur—gather for this fundraiser providing help to Hurricane Sandy victims at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Brooklyn Relief: A Night of Words, Music, and Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door or $9.47 online): Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Seaton Smith (Opie & Anthony Virus Tour), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; comedy album So Many Choices; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Jerrod Carmichael, Ron Funches, and Jean Grae performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) hosted by Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show): Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

8:00 pm ($5): Making great use of UCB East’s previous incarnation as an indie movie theatre, tonight features screenings of select films running five minutes or less—most of them funny—crafted in the style of TV pilots. The shorts receiving the most audience votes get to continue with additional episodes, while the others are “canceled” at Channel 101

[FREE—and FREE BEER!] 8:30 pm: Heineken sponsors this free beer event featuring NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Nimesh Patel (co-host of Broken Comedy), Josh Gondelman, Sean Mallory, and Matt Fullchiron at B Bar (40 East 4th Street) produced by Libby Phillips & hosted by Ray Devito: Recess Comedy

8:30 pm ($5): At The Magnet, Oscar Montoya (Midnight Movies, Aquarius) invites some of his favorite musical improvisors to perform songs made up on the spot with him: Musical Improv Spotlight

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Hari Kondabolu (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, , FX’s Totally Biased), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, FOX’s In Living Color, Comedy Central), Monroe Martin III, and Sean Keane performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless back room (557 Manhattan Avenue, near the G subway’s Nassau Avenue stop) hosted by Nimesh Patel, Mike Denny, and/or Michael Che: Broken Comedy

9:00 pm ($8): A one-woman show at The PIT: “Becky Flaum thinks she’s Julia Roberts. And Sandra Bullock, Meg Ryan, Drew Barrymore, even Katherine Heigel. But she isn’t. Her high cinematic hopes for her love life start to get in the way of reality on her quest for the perfect co-star:” Hopeless Romantic Comedy

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-up auditions for SXSW, which is likely to feature superb comics, at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Maddog Mattern: SXSW Showcase

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Lucas Brothers (Jimmy Fallon), Jermaine Fowler (FOX’s new In Living Color, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show), Kevin Barnett (Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor), Lil’ Rel, Jennifer Bartels, and Josh Rabinowitz performing stand-up at UCB East: Legion of Goons

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two UCB Chelsea house sketch troupes try out fresh material: The Prom (which includes such stellar talents as Sasheer Zamata, Amber Nelson, Stephen Soroka, Siobhan Thompson, and Ari Scott), and Onassis (which has seldom been strong on the writing side but includes superb actress Lauren Conlin Adams): Maude Night: The Prom & Onassis

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Twelve improv comics who are “friends of Dorothy” perform at The Magnet hosted by Andrew Fafoutakis: There’s No Place Like Home: A GLBTQ Event

[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 & Langston Belton: Base Jam

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who are no longer being announced in advance, but it’s virtually always a great lineup—at UCB Chelsea hosted by someone wonderful (while Leo Allen is in LA): Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should be Whiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this exceptionally supportive stand-up open-mic at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Jared Reed: Fresh

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