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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:
6:00 pm ($5): A comedic play about one of the most tragic events in American history, written & directed by Brandon Gardener (The Curfew, Improv Nerds), and featuring Brandon Scott Jones as Miss Laura Keene, at the UCB Chelsea theatre: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: A Comedy
[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic for comedy of all types (with sign-up starting at 6:00) at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Chesley Calloway (co-host of renowned Comedy as a Second Language): The Ches Club
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm-Midnight ($7 for the whole evening): In this 5-hour extravaganza, four of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Atticus and Aquarius (at 7:00) and The Montels and Mint Condition (at 8:30); followed at 10:15 by a free show that lets audience members join in with musical improv troupe Mint Condition ! to make up stories in song: Musical Magnet Mixer
7:00 pm ($8): All-gal sketch/improv troupe Vacation hosts a variety show featuring Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (duo sketch), Sarah Grodsky (solo character sketch), and Charla Laurlston (stand-up) performing at The PIT upstairs theatre: Lady Business
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door or $12.75 online): “As a busy TV executive you get soooo tired of sitting through shitty pitches so we’ve done you the favor of condensing the very best ideas from the most hilarious minds in the city and bringing them to you in one sitting. You, after all, are the ones sitting on piles of money (not really, but feel free to check under your seat for a stray bill… you never know) needed to turn their ridiculous dreams into hit TV shows” at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, with pitches from Jeffrey Joseph, Kate Berlant, Adam Newman, Dan Wilber, and more hosted by Caroline Creaghead: Fancy Pitch Meeting
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake and Manhattan Cable Access’ The Chris Gethard Show; The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of new bestseller A Bad Idea I’m About to Do and Weird New York), Mike Lawrence (nerd persona but razor-sharp mind has made this stand-up a rapidly rising star; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up), Trey Galyon, and more performing stand-up at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon and hosted tonight by George Gordon: The Afterlife
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($65 retail or $40 here): This isn’t pure comedy, but an enchanting hodgepodge of original tall tales fueled by laughs. The 2-hour play from the wonderful guys of PigPen blends shadow puppetry, songs, inventive staging, and more to create living dreams. For my review of PigPen’s two previous shows at FringeNYC, please click here and here. This newest work is their most ambitious, and that sometimes results in the story feeling too slow or padded; but it also yields a deeper emotional payoff. And even though not all the bits hit the mark, so many of them do that you’re likely to feel satisfied—and missing PigPen’s world after the show is over. The production is at The Gym at Judson (243 Thompson Street) in the West Village: The Old Man and the Moon
8:00 pm ($5): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Streeter Seidell (Editor-in-Chief of College Humor; Jimmy Kimmel, MTV’s Pranked), Maddog Mattern (Sirius Radio, Howard Stern TV; to see Maddog handle a heckler, please click here), and more performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by “weirdo” Mike Bocchetti : Being Normal Sucks
8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min.): NYC stand-ups (not yet announced, but for an update please click here) at Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A) produced by Chenoa Estrada, Emily Heller, and George Gordon: The Afterlife
8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comics Jenny Donoghue, Matthew Robert Gehring, Josh Lay, and Melissa Klein each showing off his or her best solo character work, plus music from the lovely Reformed Whores, at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Sam Martin & Branson Reese: Comedy Expo
[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically sharp NYC stand-ups (for an update, please click here) performing at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) hosted by Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, notable hair): Crime & Punishment
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, NPR, The Dave Hill Explosion, bands Valley Lodge and Diamondsnake, champion rapper; new book Tasteful Nudes), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, FOX’s Bob’s Burgers, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), Chris Barron (leader singer of The Spin Doctors; brought shaggy beards and Peruvian hats into vogue in the 90’s), and more performing stand-up at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard Street) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Joe Zimmerman (The Beards of Comedy), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV; writer for FUSE’s A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus), Matt Ruby (MTV; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here, blog Sandpaper Suit), Matt Nedostup, and David Agyekum performing stand-up at this weekly show at Brooklyn’s The Alligator Lounge (600 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by Sean Donnelly, Steve O’Brien, Robert Dean, and/or Kevin McCaffrey: Comedy at Alligator Lounge
9:15 pm-Midnight ($5): Long form improv known as The Harold from UCB Chelsea house troupes Sherlock & Cookies, The Regulars, and Guthrie—plus advanced improv students “strips the Harold down to its component parts and rearranges them into a rhythmically complex, mashup-inspired performance piece” for a form called Scramble NYC—at this second half (continued from 7:30 pm) of Harold Night
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives)—with tonight’s theme “Deep Sea Adventure”—at UCB East, plus tonight’s guests Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream, 9 Am Meeting), and Michelle Wolf (IFC’s Bunk), as well as producer Andy Rocco: The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Hannibal Buress (former staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, The Eric Andre Show, host of Comedy Night, one-hour Comedy Central special Animal Furnace), Kyle Dunnigan (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Half Hour, The Sarah Silverman Program), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker, blogger for Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012), Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Alison Forns (writer for Saturday Night Live), and Josh Rabinowitz (MTV’s I Just want My Pants Back) performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
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