NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 12/17/12

December 17, 2012

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Science and Religion

It’s a night for storytelling, as science and religion interact at The Story Collider…

The End

…Seth Lind bids a fond farewell to his popular show Told; tales of passion are shared at Bare; and yarns about NYC holidays are spun at Local Stories. That said, there’s also superb stand-up happening at Morrison Motel and Comedy Central Corporate Retreat.

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: 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, with 10 comics each performing for 5 minutes, at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Abigoliah Schamaun & Peggy O’Leary: Dicks Open Mic

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12 at the door or $13.30 online—the latter is recommended because this is very likely to sell out): Storytellers Peter Aguero, Catie Lazarus, Aaron Wolfe, and Molly Knefel close up a four-year run of this show that concludes tonight with the topic “Endings and Goodbyes,” at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place) hosted by Seth Lind (NPR’s This American Life): Told: Goodbye for Now

7:00 pm ($5): At this Magnet double-bill, long-time FringeNYC volunteer Dale Davidson tells tales based on her 16 years of experience with the largest multi-arts festival in North America; plus a comedy group tries out a show with a terrible title, at Fringe Lunacy and Toilet Humor

7:00 pm ($5): Comics who are sports junkies talk about their passion at The PIT downstairs lounge: Sports! Live!

[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 cowriter-director-producer-costar 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] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door, $12.75 in advance online): Personal stories about the intersection of science and religion from Heather Berlin, Bonnie Bue Edwards, Stephen McCarthy, Alyssa Pinsker, Eli Reiter, and Saad Sarwana at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Ben Lillie & Erin Barker: The Story Collider: Science & Religion

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A great lineup of Joe DeRosa (razor-sharp rising star stand-up; HBO’s Bored to Death and Down and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted & enormously likeable rising star; Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company, MTV, VH1), and probably more performing stand-up at UCB East for Comedy Central Corporate Retreat

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Lizz Winstead, Emily Heller, Mo Beasley, and Molenna Williams share true tales of passion at The PIT upstairs theatre, with music by the wonderful The Reformed Whores (raunchy comedic singing duo Marie Cecile Anderson & Katy Frame; new album Ladies Don’t Spit) and hosted by Jefferson: Bare: True Stories of Sex, Desire, and Romance

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Melanie Hamlett (brilliant storyteller/writer; Moth Grandslam Champion, Marie Claire Magazine, amazing blog, roving adventurer), Glen Rosenberg (The Moth), Steve Zimmer (The Moth), Bridget O’Neill, and Jake Hart telling true tales of NYC—with tonight’s theme Holidays—at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow Street, between Rivington & Stanton) hosted by Andrew Linderman: Local Stories

[FREE] 8:00ish pm: Jordan Carlos, Sean O’Connor, Alice Wetterland, Jacqueline Novack, Chris Distefano, Lady Rizo, and “a special guest” performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Grand Victory Bar (245 Grand Street) for this twice-a-month extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of The Orphanage; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here) and Nick Maritato: DTF

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($15 if you mention [otherwise $20], which includes one drink; calling 212.989.9319 to reserve seats is recommended): A killer lineup of TV stars Janeane Garofalo, Dave Hill, and Myq Kaplan, plus the hilarious Mark Normand and Raquel D’Apice, performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[FREE] 8:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Cipha Sounds, Michael Che, Maddog Mattern, and Jared Freid performing at this weekly show 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

8:30 pm ($5): A live recording at this Magnet of The Unbelievable Podcast, “the world’s number one (and only) conspiracy theory/paranormal comedy podcast, on the 2012 End of the World featuring noted coincidence theorist Johnny T and an Interview with an alien on what the end of the word means for you: The Unbelievable Podcast Live: A Countdown to the End

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Gabe Pacheco, Jessie Richardson, Troy Bynum, Todd Montesi, and Richard James performing, plus a screening of TV pilot Hipster Investigative Vice, at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Backroom (627 5th Avenue) with host Pat O’Shea: Ed Sullivan on Acid

9:30 pm ($5): The debut of 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

[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

10:00 pm ($8): A group of actors and improvisors attempt to duplicate the success of UCBT’s Gravid Water by putting improvisors in the middle of classic theatre scenes at The PIT upstairs theatre. UCBT uses top Broadway and improv talent for its show, making it extraordinary. The participants of this show are unannounced; but the format is so strong that this might work anyway, despite the awful title: The Actor’s Worst Nightmare

10:00 pm ($7): Sketch troupe Shelby Company performs oddball bits for this Magnet sketch show show that in the past has included two-timing monsters and presidential ninjas: Ephemerama

[FREE] 10:30 pm: Karaoke at the UCB East Bar for the 9:30 BYOT improvisors and more, hosted by Joe McGinty: Karaoke Night at the Hot Chicks Room

[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 guest-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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