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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 ($5): Dan Hodapp & Natasha Rothwell “bring more than five years of improv collaboration to stage for an evening of bold, committed characters and probably a fart joke for good measure,”and are joined tonight by the invaluable Julie Sharbutt (improv shows Gravid Water, Mystic Improv, Chairs, The Scene, Birds), the irresistible Meredith Hackman (host of Saddest Sketch Show), improv giants Charlie Todd (The Curfew, founder of Improv Anywhere) and Doug Moe (legendary team Mother), Rachel Rosenthal (North Coast), and Bill DiPiero performing at The PIT downstairs lounge: Hodapp & Rothwell
[FREE] 7:00 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 Nate Dern and Paul Oddo: The Friday Night Hot Chicks Mic
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Stone Cold Fox is the only sketch troupe (vs. improv troupe) to ever be honored with an ongoing spot on the prestigious UCB Chelsea weekend schedule. It’s earned this slot because its cast is superb: Brandon Scott Jones, Molly Lloyd, John Murray, Leslie Meisel, Connor Ratliff, and Johnathan Fernandez. I haven’t yet seen this latest show which debuted recently, but will soon; among its writers are the delightful Silvija Ozols, and Brandon Gulya…who also directed: Stone Cold Fox: Hey, Look Over Here!
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30ish pm: Selena Coppock (author of new book The New Rules for Blondes), Kevin McCaffrey (David Letterman. TruTV), Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, MTV’s Guy Code, VH1), Laura Prangley (Inside Amy Schumer, freelance writer for SNL), and Justin Williams (host of Death Comedy Jam) performing at this new monthly stand-up show at the One and One Bar (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) hosted by Jeff Cerulli and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, VH1, TLC, co-host of Call Us Crazy) followed by a free party: What Else? Comedy
7:30 pm ($10): Abbi Crutchfield (MTV, VH1; co-host of Positively Awesome and The Living Room), Katey Healy-Wurzburg (host of The Fascinator), Morgan Evans, and Joe Stanton performing stand-up at UCB East hosted by Halle Kiefer: Splitsider and Tumblr’s Dog and Pony Show
[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 at the door or online): A glorious collection of hilarious film clips and live guests from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street), with tonight’s theme knock-off movies trying to make a quick buck from the successful ideas of others (e.g., Konga), and that includes what’s likely to be a fascinating lecture about Harlan Ellison’s near-lawsuit against James Cameron’s The Terminator: Kevin Geeks Out: Rip-Off Cinema
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($45): TV & Broadway stand-up star Colin Quinn performs a show he’s been developing for months for this off-Broadway run (through June 3rd) that looks at US history “from the Founding Fathers to the Kardashians” at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop): Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional
8:00 pm ($10): Jenny Jaffe (staff writer for MTV’s Nikki and Sara Live) hosts this variety show with Adam Conover, Nore Davis, Abbi Crutchfield, and Griffin Newman at The PIT upstairs theatre: Camp Time
[$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up and impressionist who’s done a one-hour Comedy Central special, and performed on Jay Leno and Mad TV, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Pablo Francisco
[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese
[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5): Before this Magnet show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, improv troupe Salmon Diane, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from comedy geniuses Chris Gethard and Shannon O’Neill, plus stellar comics Silvija Ozols, Zach Woods, Michael Delaney, Will Hines, and Connor Ratliff, performing at UCB Chelsea—the all-star members of The Stepfathers
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): A gathering of comedic musicians, who tonight include Political Subversities, Anna Marquardt, and Adele & Deschanel performing at UCB East hosted by superb musical group Summer & Eve (for samples, please click here): Earworm Funny Music Party Show
9:30 pm ($5): “Each month the Buttski & Glasscock Talent Agency brings you the best of the worst this small town has to offer. As only two career-savvy former showgirls can, they comb through Craigslist ad after Craigslist ad; but you will determine which act gets a one-year contract:” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Buttski & Glasscock’s New Talent Blowout
[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing for this monthly show at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre hosted by Justin Grace, Mike Pullan and James Ferrarella, who also promise “skits, arm wrestling, jeopardy, contests, drinking, and everything else you would do on an” Almost Saturday Show
[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Sue Galloway, Dan Klein, and/or other superb improvisors at UCB Chelsea making up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute: The Law Firm: Law & Disorder
10:30 pm ($10): The delightful Michelle Wolf (IFC), Don Fanelli & Dru Johnston (30 Rock, Onion News Network), Austin Rodrigues (Comedy Central), and Peggy O’Leary performing at UCB East hosted by Brandon Scott Jones, D’Arcy Carden, Justin Tyler, Kelly Hudson, and/or Alden Ford: Gentrify
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($8): Charming, witty Meredith Hackman presides over forlorn sketch performers—who tonight are primarily musical comics, including Scott Swayze, Kathleen Armenti, Christine Piniero, Dana Krashin, George Flanagan, and David Carl—at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Saddest Sketch Show
[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($7): A rotating cast from over a dozen of the talented gal improvisors and sketch comics at The Magnet—including Artistic Director Megan Gray, Lauren Olson, Elena Fishbein, Kimberly Ferguson, and/or Beth Newell—aim to “give you a dark and twisted late night explosion:” The Clubhouse
[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Shannon O’Neill (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes), and/or Brandon Scott Jones (token male) host tonight’s show devoted to you, the audience, who’ll be encouraged to get up on stage and show off whatever special gifts you possess. “No talent is too small or too silly; the weirder the better! This late night party will also feature games, dancing, karaoke, and tons of surprises. This show is for everyone of all genders” at UCB East, so if you’re a guy don’t be put off by the title: Ladies Night: Men Welcome
[TOP PICK] [FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups—sometimes stellar ones—pushing boundaries for a show designed for looseness and experimentation at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Jacqueline Novak and Chris Laker: Permission to Fail
Midnight ($5): “Canvas art and improv fuse before your very eyes. Each canvas will arrive untouched, blank, virginal. The stage is the frame, and everyone on it art. Audience interaction welcomed, but not required” at The PIT downstairs lounge from the folks of Yes, Yes, Yes, And: The Art Party
[FREE] Midnight: This show might not be much fun for audience members, but it’s an amazing opportunity if you want to perform sketch for free and with almost zero hurdles on the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. Plus it’s hosted by members of Maude troupe Fambly, typically including such wonderful talents as Nicole Byer and Veronica Osorio: Liquid Courage
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