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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:
7:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes Nintendo, Horses, Dr. Champagne, Chet Watkins, Flower Girl, The Wrath, Bloomer, and Brick performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Brick at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt
[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($11 with code SEANBEAR, plus 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on MTV and FOX News, and has hosted hundreds of stage shows in NYC, headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club (with opening sets by Kara Klenk, Robert Dean, and Kaite Haller): Sean Donnelly
8:00 pm ($5): At UCB Chelsea, young talents—gay and otherwise—put on a meta-musical spoofing Broadway musicals of the future that’s hit-or-miss, but fun overall:The 2017 Tony Awardz: A Parody of Musical Proportions…
…and in the other half of this double bill, a comedic mini-play that doesn’t sound promising, but ya never know: Former Business Partners: Everything Must Go
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, VHI, documentary Metaphysical Graffiti, High Times), Dave Siegel (Comedy Central), Akaash Singh (MTV), Lori Palminteri, Sean Wilkinson, and Saurin Choksi 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?
8:00 pm ($5): Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Mary Kate Wise, Yannis Pappas, and more performing stand-up at The PIT downstairs lounge: Brian and Joe’s Power Hour
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show
[$] 8:00 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Gregg Rogell (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Louie, Comedy Central), Matt Simonds (David Letterman, Jay Leno), Keith Robinson (HBO, Comedy Central, Wanda Sykes Show), Robert Kelly (Louie, Comedy Central, Opie & Anthony), and Jeff Lamp (Jay Leno) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Mike Yard (Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam): Gregg Rogell, Matt Simonds, and More
[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 (hopefully without any fighting) at UCB East performing as duo The Brothers Hines
9:00 pm ($5 if you say “Rex Manning Day,” otherwise $8): Sketch from troupes Up & Down Theatre Co., Unisex, Forklift Comedy, and Dinner for One, plus stand-up from Nathan Macintosh, at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue) hosted by Rob Asaro: January Sketch Block
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer created Broad City as a Web series, which was then picked up for development as a TV series for FX…and is also a monthly stage show at UCB Chelsea. Tonight’s theme is Kick Start the Year for this “delicately crafted hour of fun:” Broad City Live
[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] 10:00 pm: Rising stand-up stars—Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence, Mark Normand, Dan. St. Germain, Pat Dixon, Emily Heller, Michael Che, Joe List, and/or Nick Turner—at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: The Regular Suspects
[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 killer scheduled lineup includes the new In Living Color’s Jermaine Fowler and SNL’s 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 $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night
[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets
[$] 11:30 pm ($10 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Uncensored stand-up from Jon Fisch (David Letterman, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, VH1), Louis Katz (Jimmy Fallon, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Andrew Schulz (MTV2’s Guy Code), Chris Distefano (Comedy Central, MTV2’s Guy Code), and Sam Morril (Comedy Central) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Mike Yard (Comedy Central, Def Comedy Jam): The Nasty Show: Jon Fisch, Louis Katz, and More
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