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Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy this New Year’s Day (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[FREE] 6:00 pm: With the New Year comes the kickoff of this new open mic stand-up show that provides each performer whose name is pulled from a bucket 5 minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Kaity Neagle & Irene Hartmann: Ragtag Team Open Mic Stand-Up
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 10:30 pm, and 12:15 am ($24 per show, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s lineups include Michael Che, Jon FIsch, Greer Barnes, and James Smith at the 7:00 show; Michael Che, Nick Griffin, Greer Barnes, and Nikki Glaser at the 8:45 show; Todd Barry, Michael Che, Andy Hendrickson, Big Jay Oakerson, and Joe List at the 10:30 show; and Mark Normand, Kurt Metzger, Sam Morril, and Wil Sylvince at the 12:15 show, with all shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar: Todd Barry, Mark Normand, Michael Che, Jon Fisch, and More on New Year’s Day
[$] 7:30 pm ($27.25 plus 2-drink minimum): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CDs Vegan Mind Meld and Meat Robot), Maddog Mattern (Sirius Radio, Howard Stern TV; to see Maddog handle a heckler, please click here), Nimesh Patel, and Mike Cannon performing stand-up at the Carolines Comedy Club hosted by Sam Morril (Comedy Central) & Joe Machi: The Sam & Joe Show: Featuring Myq Kaplan
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups do sets “and then have a discussion about what’s going on in the world and the mysteries of life” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Chris Laker: The Show
[FREE] 9:00 pm: The Lucas Brothers (Jimmy Fallon, FOX’s Lucas Bros Moving Company), Jo Firestone, Brett Davis, and Kerryn Feehan performing stand-up, plus Will Hines (superb improvisor & sketch comic), and musical guest The Ben Seretan Group, all performing at Brooklyn’s Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer Street) hosted by Kat Toledo: Wild at Heart
[$] 10:30 pm ($16.50 online or $20 at the door, plus 2-drink min.): Nick Vatterott (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, MTV, Second City, 2012 Andy Kaufman Award), Joe List (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Calise Hawkins (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, writer for Playboy.com), Ryan Reiss (MTV, FOX, WE, NICK), and Teddy Smith performing stand-up at the Stand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Nick Vatterott, Joe List, and Calise Hawkins at Stand Up NY
[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
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