NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 12/10/12

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Let's Go Insane

D’Arcy Carden & Fran Gillespie debut their two-gal sketch show “Let’s Go Insane”… 

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

…and a comedic dissection of one of the worst Christmas movies ever, “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York,” at Robbie Collier’s “Hey We Live There”

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] [ALMOST FREE] 6:00 pm ($1): Cammi Climaco (co-host of Ask Me Stories) hosts this weekly hour-long open-mic storytelling show, with audience members chosen from a bucket of names getting to tell tales for 6 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge (this show should really be 90 minutes, but it took over a decade for The PIT to even permit open-mic storytelling; one step at a time…): Cammi Climaco’s Storytelling Open Mic

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

6:00 pm & 8:00 pm (no cover, 1 drink min. for both comics and audience members): Open mic stand-up providing 5-7 minutes per comic, with each show running 1 hour and 45 minutes. Arrive 30 minutes before the show you want to be in to get on the signup sheet. This is a fine opportunity to perform at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club Open Mic

[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

6:30 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s best improvisors/sketch comics, Fran Gillespie and D’Arcy Carden, debut a sketch show written by Eli Terry titled Let’s Go Insane; plus in the other half of this double-bill, a show I know nothing about titled Lylas: The DePandi Sisters Are Nominated for Homecoming Queen, both auditioning for a spot on the schedule of the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage: Spank

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): 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 Slash Coleman (host of daytime talk show Slash Wednesday, author of upcoming book The Bohemian Love Diaries), 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

7:00 pm ($8): An ironic take on Chanukah from a storyteller and a group of improvisors at The PIT upstairs theatre: Ironicah

[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): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious star improv duo that’s become one of the very best attractions at UCB Chelsea and should not be missed: John & Scott

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00ish pm: The feature film some have called the worst NYC Christmas  movie of our time is screened and torn apart by NYC comedic commentators Cory Cavin (Jimmy Fallon, MTV’s The Nikki & Sara Show), Josh Lay (Jimmy Fallon, VH1’s Best Week Ever), Bill Grandberg (Web series Model Wife), and and Karme Boixadera (Ford model, Web series Model Wife) at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Robbie Collier: Hey We Live There!: Home Alone II: Lost In New York

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door or $9.47 online): The luminous Sara Schaefer & Nikki Glaser (stars of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show and hit podcast You Had to Be There), Kyle Grooms, and more 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): Elvis hosts a rockin’ Christmas celebration at UCB East via Eddie Dunn (Airwolf, Dinner) and a half dozen friends: Elvis’s Rockin’ Nativity Scene

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman,, VH1, contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update,), Phoebe Robinson (TV Guide’s 100 TV Shows To See Before You Die and 25 Biggest Reality Star Blunders, Huffington Post), Matt Ruby (MTV; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here, blog Sandpaper Suit), TJ Young, Taylor Ketchum, Steve Forrest, and Ket Schulz performing stand-up at 25 Avenue A (Avenue A & 2nd Street): The Meaning of Life Comedy Show & Holiday Party

8:30 pm ($5): Improv duo Dustin Drury & Andrew Yurman-Glaser capture the laid-back feel of Upstate New York; and in the other half of this double-bill, more improv from troupe Eaglefox

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Gary Vider (hilarious writer & deadpan stand-up; for sample jokes, please click here), Ashley Brooke Roberts (co-host of The Dream Show), Michael Che (Comedy Central, IFC), Sean Donnelly (Comedy Central), and Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, Chelsea Lately, TruTV, Tyra Banks) 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

[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

[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

9:30 pm ($5): The only open-stage show for entire groups of improvisors and sketch comics, running weekly at UCB East hosted by Austin Rodrigues: Bring Your Own Team: Improv/Sketch Team Jam

[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

[ALMOST FREE] 11:00 pm ($1): 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

From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: If you want to know what is happening in NYC comedy on a particular day, you gotta get hip to this dude Hy Bender and his site Best New York Comedy. The site is updated daily and features a super exhaustive look at what is happening in the NYC comedy world that particular day. The site is updated religiously…It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

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