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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 $) include:
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 3:00 pm & 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
[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Stand-up star & author Dave Hill, author Pete Hamill, and sex writer Tristan Taormino are interviewed at UCB Chelsea for this live taping of Ken Freedman’s & Andy Breckman’s radio show WFMU’s 7 Second Delay Live
7:00 pm ($5): Storytellers Caitlin Brodnick and Erick Hellwig tell personal tales of Thanksgiving which are then improvised by troupe Moscow Rivers Sharks and/or improv duo Starkey & Grace at The PIT downstairs lounge: True Story
7:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes Nintendo, Bloomer, Flower Girl, Brick, Chet Watkins, Featherweight, Dr. Champagne, and The Wrath performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Dr. Champagne at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt
[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($7.37 if you use code BREAKOUT online or by phone, plus 2-drink min.) A talented storyteller and stand-up who’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, and VH1, written for Playgirl Magazine, and co-hosts NYC shows Dive Comedy and Stripped Stories, headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Giulia Rozzi
[FREE] 7:30 pm: Kate Berlant (MTV, CNN, host of Crime & Punishment, notable hair), Phoebe Robinson (TV Guide’s 100 TV Shows To See Before You Die and 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders), Doogie Horner, and Ken Schultz performing stand-up at the Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston, between Avenues B and C) along with hosts Brendan McLaughlin and David Smithyman: We’re Nice People
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Longtime UCBT stars Neil Casey (writer for Saturday Night Live; Death by Roo Roo) and Will Hines (The Stepfathers) in a two-man sketch show at UCB Chelsea directed by Michael Delaney: Small Men
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show
[FREE] 8:30 pm: Typically terrific NYC comics (not announced) performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) typically hosted by Gabe Liedman and/or Max Silvestri: Big Terrific
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Superb improvisors—and actual brothers—Will Hines and Kevin Hines make use of their intimate knowledge of each other to gracefully invent scenes at UCB East (with Will presumably racing over from his 8:00 pm sketch show at UCB Chelsea is beyond me…) performing as duo The Brothers Hines
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Al Jackson (Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, MTV; has memorable advice about how to choose a wife), Mike Dobbins Mike Dobbins (unique stream-of-consciousness stand-up), Geno Bisconte (Sirius XM Radio), Alli Breen, Carolina Hidalgo, and Brian Allen Mitchell performing stand-up at this free weekly comedy show at Lucky Jack’s Bar (129 Orchard Street) produced by Kyle Fincham, Lance Weiss, and Brendon Fitzgibbons: Gandhi, Is That You?
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers (not announced this month) tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious at the UCB Chelsea theatre: The Nights of Our Lives
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The wonderful Julie Sharbutt (improv shows Gravid Water, Mystic Improv, The Scene, Birds) and Zhubin Parang (writer for The Daily Show; improv shows What I Did For Love, HUNK, The Scene) perform duo improv “exploring a world of deeply felt character relationships while sitting in chairs” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Chairs
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: The NYC-based feature film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze is screened and torn apart by NYC comedic commentators Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank on Mystery Science Theater 3000), Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence, and Sean Donnelly at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Robbie Collier: Hey We Live There!: TMNT II
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): The instructors of UCB’s classes include some of the finest improvisors in the country. In this new weekly show a bunch of them get on stage at UCB East, along with hosts Betsy Stover and Ari Voukydis: Hot for Teacher: The UCB Faculty Show
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: The wonderful Sasheer Zamata (Doppelganger) hosts as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Tonight’s scheduled lineup includes sketch comedy genius & SNL cast member Kate McKinnon; for the complete list, please click here.) Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a weekly show at UCB Chelsea makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night
[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets
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