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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] [FREE] 5:30 pm: Comedy legend Colin Quinn and stand-up Hari Kondabolu (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central Presents, , FX’s Totally Biased) are interviewed live on stage about “the firsts and the lasts that have marked the mileposts in their careers” by Sean L. McCarthy (The Comic’s Comic at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Last Things First
[FREE] 5:30 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 3 minutes per comic (unless not many folks show up, in which case there’ll be more time), with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Emmy Blotnick, Matt Nedostup, and/or Sachi Ezurafor: Sledgehammer
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($8): Rob Ribar (musical historian and host of Queer Not Cool), Bathtub Jenny and Her Henchmen (musical vaudeville), stand-up Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, MTV, ABC), and more performing at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue) hosted by Kyle Supley: Vintage Vantage Variety Show
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCB Chelsea’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world such as Chris Gethard, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000
7:30 pm ($5): Improv troupes not affiliated with any comedy school compete at UCB East for audience laughs and votes—and the privilege to go on to perform at the primary Cage Match show at UCB Chelsea—in this show hosted by the delightful Amey Goerlich & Ryan Karels (Krompf): Indie Cage Match
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm (a mere $12.50, and no drink minimum, using discount code DEBATE online): In this show that sounds spectacular, Kurt Metzger and Maddog Mattern argue that UCBT, one of the most prominent leading forces for comedy in the country, should pay its performers; Mark Normand debates Nick Vatterott on “Jews: Good or Bad?”; Dan Soder debates Joe List on “What’s Better, a Bad Dad or a Dead One?”; plus stand-up from Joe DeRosa, Annie Lederman, Jeff Wesselschmidt, and more, all at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street), which for this special event will not be charging a drink minimum, plus is offering a $5 discount on the cover: The Great Debate
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Great lineup of Amy Schumer (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, 30 Rock), John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, one hour special & CD/DVD New in Town, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Gary Gulman (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman, VH1, contributor to SNL’s Weekend Update), and Jeff Lamp (Jay Leno) performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, and More
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): 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), Myq & Micah (comedic singing duo Myq Kaplan & Micah Sherman), Brooke Van Poppelen (MTV’s Girl Code; trutV, TLC, co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), and Emily Heller (Comedy Central; staff writer for Rooftop Comedy; for ruminations on pregnancy, please click here), 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), Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, CNN, TBS, host of ComedyJuice), Kara Klenk (Comedy Central, Spike, Nickelodeon; host of If You Bring It), Damien Lemon (MTV2’s Guy Code, Comedy Central, The Amazing Spider-Man), and Ken Reid performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Caroline Creaghead (who’s taken over the time slot for Eugene Mirman’s previous show Pretty Good Friends): Creaghead & Company
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors—including the wonderful the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at FringeNYC; brilliant writer, actress, and improvisor)—make up a one-act play on the spot at The Magnet theatre: Tonight’s Performance
[$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) An energetic regular on Chelsea Lately who’s also appeared on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, and his own Comedy Central special headlining one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jo Koy
8:00 pm ($8): A one-man show by Ryan Dietz in which you “meet Ryan, a sixth grader who’s birthday wishes come true when his parents get him what he’s been praying for: a box turtle. Things at home have definitely started looking up…but what about school? Would he trade in his only friend, Jason, for an ounce of popularity? Will he actually get to perform on a real stage, outside of his living room productions? Ryan’s dreams start to turn to reality, but how long could it last? Follow Ryan as his imagination and desire to perform help him discover what it means to grow up your own way” at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Box Turtle Incident
[FREE] 8:00 pm: An improv show that asks you to drop written suggestions into a box before it begins and then dips into the collection of suggestions throughout to propel new scenes: The Drop Box
[FREE] 8:00 pm: Andrew Schulz (MTV2’s Guy Code), Ryan McKee (writer for MTV’s Guy Code), Yannis Pappas, and more performing at the Three of Cups lounge (83 First Avenue at 5th Street) hosted by RG Daniels: Sunday Night Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Rising superstar Amy Schumer (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, 30 Rock), Christian Finnegan (Conan O’Brien, co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Neal Brennan (razor-sharp, edgy comedy veteran; HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), Calise Hawkins (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, writer for Playboy.com), Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here), Rob Stapleton, and Hassan Madry performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Joyelle Nicole Johnson: Comedy Night
[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sarah Tollemache (host of Last Night,; immortal story That’s Not My Shit), Nore Davis, Charles Gould, Joe Zimmerman, and Taylor Ketchum performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar for this free weekly show hosted by Adam Sokol, Brad Austin, and/or Nate Fridson: Comedy at the Beauty Bar
[TOP PICK] [$] 9:45 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Neal Brennan (razor-sharp, edgy comedy veteran; HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show), Nick Griffin (David Letterman, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents), Lenny Marcus (David Letterman, MTV), Michael Che (David Letterman, Comedy Central), and Mike Vecchione (Last Comic Standing, Howard Stern) performing at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Neal Brennan, Nick Griffin, and More
10:00 pm ($5): Improv veterans Brandon Gardner, Chelsea Clarke, and Phillip Jackson hosting & performing in a show at UCB East with improvisors taken from the audience…and who may include you: Improv Nerds Jam
[TOP PICK] [$] 11:30 pm ($14 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Al Madrigal (correspondent for The Daily Show; Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno), Mark Normand (hilarious stand-up; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central; co-host of Hot Soup and We’re All Friends Here), Ryan Hamilton (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, Showtime), Andrew Schulz (MTV2’s Guy Code), and Dan Soder (Comedy Central, VH1; for set about being a hypochondriatic drug user, please click here)performing stand-up at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane) hosted by Ardie Fuqua: Al Madrigal, Mark Normand, and More
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