NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/11/13

March 11, 2013

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Uptown Showdown: Childhood vs. Adulthood

Jon Glaser, Sara Schaefer, Cintra Wilson of The New York Times, and more debate Childhood vs. Adulthood…

Brain Heart Fight

…the mystery & wonder of the brain is explored via stories by neuroscientists & writers at Story Collider: Brain Awareness…

John Mulaney

…world-class stand-up John Mulaney performs at UCB Chelsea For the Hour…

Chelsea White

…and the lovely Chelsea White is among the sharp stand-ups in Brooklyn at Brooke’s & Giulia’s Dive Comedy

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 typically six audience members chosen from a bucket of names getting to tell tales for 6-7 minutes each at The PIT downstairs lounge: Cammi Climaco’s Storytelling Open Mic: Six by Six

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] [FREE] 6:30 pm: After Cammi Climaco’s show ends (see 6:00 pm above), race on down to this other open-mic storytelling show, with names drawn out of a bucket at UCB East in the bar area (“Hot Chicks Room”) hosted by Julia Wiedeman: Happy Hour Open-Mic Storytelling with Julia Wiedeman

[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 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), along with guest storyteller Dawn Fraser (host of Barbershop Stories, storytelling instructor for The Moth) and improv illustrator Sharon Spell drawing scenes as they’re described, all at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue): 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, guests not announced) at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by all-gal improv troupe Gypsy: The Mélange

[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): A writer/performer for Saturday Night Live (for a sample, please click here) who’s also one of the very finest stand-ups in the country—with appearances on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever, etc.—performing a deliciously long set that’s likely to leave you breathless with laughter and chuckling weeks later. Seats are sold out, but if you’re willing to stand UCB Chelsea can probably squeeze you in: John Mulaney: For the Hour

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($15): The critical issue of “Childhood vs. Adulthood” is debated by comics who are experts on the subject: Jon Glaser (star of Adult Swim’s Delocated; long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; co-star of MTV’s The Nikki and Sara Show; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Cintra Wilson (Cultural Critic for The New York Times), Joe Randazzo (former Editor of The Onion), Starlee Kine (NPR’s This American Life), and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific). For a sample of what goes on at this show, check out Michael Showalter making a case for cats vs. dogs here. If you’re sufficiently amused, get yourself over to Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, off 95th Street) for Uptown Showdown: Childhood vs. Adulthood

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door, $12.75 in advance online; the latter is highly recommended since this will probably sell out): The mystery and wonder of the brain is explored via stories by three neuroscientists and three writers at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Ben Lillie & Erin Barker: The Story Collider: Brain Awareness

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door or $9.47 online): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; writer for Kroll Show, former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Erik Bergstrom (cartoonist/author of Grimmer Tales, The New Yorker, blogger for Comedy Central’s Indecision 2012), Yannis Pappas (Comedy Central), and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) guest-hosted by Jermaine Fowler (FOX’s new In Living Color, MTV, Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show): Night Train: Jessi Klein, Jermaine Fowler, and More

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Kicking off this film-based evening at UCB East is ace director Todd Bieber (razor-sharp Director of Content & Production for “cutting down a film to 25 minutes, removing its audio, and adding our own music and audio cues live, and dialogue live via improvisors,” with this month’s theme The Irish, and the performers Casey Jost (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), James Dwyer (GoodGirl), and Shaun Diston: Rewrite Movie Night

…and in the other half of this double-bill, a cast of talented improvisors springboard off an audience suggestion to create The Improvised Documentary

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): A musical comedy evening with singing character comics Mr. & Mrs. Webb-Wilson, pianist/composer Paul Leschen, and scenes from new theatrical piece Lesbian Love Octagon, all at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place, off First Avenue) hosted (with yet more singing) by Kyle Supley: Vintage Vantage Variety Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Michelle Buteau (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The Jenny McCarthy Show); for stand-up video about Utah, sharing, and tits, please click here), Chelsea White (MTV, VH1, TLC, co-host of Call Us Crazy), Robbie Collier (host of Hey We Live There), and Jim Tews performing stand-up, plus music from Gypsy George, at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue; take R subway to Prospect Avenue) for this free biweekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant writer, stand-up, and storyteller; writer and/or producer for MTV’s Guy Code, Girl Code, Failosophy, and Nikki & Sara Show; trutV, TLC) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced this week; read the flyer and judge for yourself) performing 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 new material: Fambly (which includes wonderful rising stars Bridey Elliott, Mamrie Hart, Dan Chamberlain, Veronica Osorio, and a sharp crew of writers) and Bellevue (which I plan to finally catch soon): Maude Night: Fambly & Bellevue

[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 ($8): “Joins hosts Rachel Wenitsky & Danny Visconti for a variety show that goes well with that first early morning cup of coffee—at 9:30 at night” (sadly, guests not announced) at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Morning Show: Late Edition

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, Sharon Spell, Anna Callegari, and Sue Smith: 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: 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

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