NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/29/15

June 29, 2015

TV Alert: Vanessa Bayer is on Jimmy Kimmel;
Jack Black, Jeff Garlin, and Melissa Rivers
are on Jimmy Fallon (repeated from 5/4)
Doug Benson, Sarah Colonna, Zack Pearlman are on @midnight

Del Close Marathon 2015

The UCB theatres are closed today to recover from this weekend’s 17th Annual Del Close Marathon…

Jurassic Park

…so if you haven’t yet seen this shot-by-shot stage homage to Jurassic Park, tonight’s a great time to Hold On To Your Butts

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:

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation—which include group Jean Pool at 7:25 pm featuring the spectacular David Carl, Tracy Mull, and Becky Krause—at The PIT downstairs lounge: Super Free Monday

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Storyteller Abigoliah Schamaun (Moth StorySlam winner) performs a one-woman show in which she “reflects on her own amorous affairs, then asks ‘What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been told post-coitus?’ Sometimes it’s bizarre, other times it makes you fall in love. But it’s always interesting and often a bit wrong. Example: ‘Man. I thought sleeping with you would help me get over Diana. But I feel horrible.’ Just one of the things said to Abigoliah after sex…” at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions

7:00 pm ($7): Brian Frange & Phoebe Tyers host a podcast obsessed with conspiracy theories at The Magnet theatre:The Unbelievable Podcast Live

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:30 pm ($12 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Tonight’s stand-ups include Gary Gulman, Mark Normand, Ryan Hamilton, Big Jay Oakerson, Rachel Feinstein, Sam Morril, Liza Treyger, and Wil Sylvince, with all three shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar Monday

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($24.75 via Goldstar [vs. $29 at the door]): The only FringeNYC show to ever include a barbershop quartet singing about alcohol and three rounds for each audience member (for my full review, which includes a rave for the spectacular Nicole DiMattei, please click here) is now playing as a perfect show for a date every Friday & Saturday night at the West Village’s Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam Street, in the downstairs Huron Club): The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door or $9.79 online): Mark Normand (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country;Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Half Hour, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, VH1’s Best Week Ever; comedy album Still Got It; opens for Amy Schumer), Josh Gondelman (HBO’s Last Week Tonight, The New Yorker), Kendra Cunningham (SNL, Jimmy Fallon, The Tyra Banks Show, Law & Order), and Janelle James performing stand-up at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) hosted by the wonderful Wyatt Cenac (former star correspondent forThe Daily Show; Adult Swim; albums Comedy Person and Brooklyn): Night Train: Mark Normand, Wyatt Cenac, and More

8:00 pm (no cover, 1-item food or drink min.): Phoebe Robinson (Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, Broad City, MTV’s Girl Code, Totally Biased, co-host of Blaria Live), John Moses (The Artie Lange Show), Lukas Kaiser (Chappelle’s Show, VH1; senior writer/producer for Spike TV; co-host of Amazingtown), and Giulio Gallarati performing at The Village Lantern Downstairs Club (167 Bleecker Street) hosted by Khalid A. Rahmaan and/or LeClerc Andre: Unarmed and Dangerous Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Gideon Hambright & Patrick Hastie: Jackknife Comedy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($12): Sasheer Zamata (instant star cast member of Saturday Night Live) and Danny Tamberelli (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) are the guests of “Eliot Glazer, a classically trained vocalist-turned-comedian, who takes some of pop music’s most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. Like a twisted version of MTV Unplugged, Austin City Limits, or VH1 Storytellers, it’s an intimate night of bad music made good” at Brooklyn’s The Bell House (149 7th Street): Haunting Renditions

8:30 pm ($7): Dustin Drury & Andrew Yurman-Glaser, both from upstate NY, perform duo improv; plus improv from acclaimed Vancouver group The Sunday Service (see also 11:00 pm) all at The Magnet theatre: Upstate Improv and The Sunday Service

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10 at the door or $11.59 online): Comics Jared Logan, Kara Klenk, Jim Tews, Kenny DeForest, Peggy O’Leary, Will Miles, Jake Flores, and Ross Parsons performing erotic fiction they’ve written based on audience suggestions at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Bryan Cook: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($20 at the door or $22.09 online; the latter is recommended as this show frequently sells out): Kyle Schaefer, Nick Abeel, and foley artist Kelsey Didion perform a spectacular live shot-for-shot stage version of Jurassic Park at The PIT upstairs theatre directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker: Hold On To Your Butts…Jurassik Parc

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Joe Pera (hilarious and genius deadpan stand-up; Comedy Central, Adult Swim; for a very special one-minute set at Carolines, please click here; for Joe’s latest Kaufman awards submissions, please click here and here; co-host of the Dan + Joe + Charles Show), Amber Nelson (dynamic stand-up & character comic; Comedy Central; sketch group Murderfist), 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), Chris Distefano (David Letterman, Comedy Central, MTV2’s Guy Code), Subhah Agarwal, Sarah Tollemache, Reggie Conquest, Ian Fidance, Alex Pavone, and Joe Vecsey performing stand-up for this free weekly show at The StandComedy Club (239 Third Avenue & 20th Street) hosted by Aaron Berg (TV series 24 Hour Rental, documentary A Universal Language): Frantic Mondays: Joe Pera, Amber Nelson, Christian Finnegan, Chris Distefano, and More

10:15 pm ($7): Improv is dominated by guys, so this is a rare treat—a dozen female improvisors “for an evening of comedy that will delight men, women, babies, and kittens,” hosted by Megan Gray at The Magnet theatre: We Might Just Kiss

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Vancouver improv group The Sunday Service “favors discovery over structure, building, demolishing, and building again an absurd patchwork of scenes and stories. Using strong narratives and character work as grounding, the group dips in and out of meta-comedy, rock opera, wordplay, and even slapstick shtick” (see also 8:30 pm); plus PIT house improv group The Studio System, all for free at The PIT upstairs theatre: The Sunday Service and The Studio System

Monday Open Mics & Jams

5:00 pm ($5): Two-hour open-mic for 20 stand-ups performing for 5 minutes each, with sign-up online here, at theStand Up NY Comedy Club (236 West 78th Street): Stand Up NY Open Mic

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open mic stand-up show that provides each performer whose name is pulled from a bucket 5 minutes on stage—and also allows everyone play Bingo!—at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Julia Lundy & Veronica Elizabeth: Bingo Open Mic

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

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 The Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston Street, off Avenue B) hosted by Nathan P., followed by a raucous afterparty with dancing & drink specials from 10:00 to midnight: Inspired Word’s Open Mic Joint

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open mic stand-up show that provides each performer whose name is pulled from a bucket 4 minutes on stage at The Creek upstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Joseph Robert: PBR & Scrap Paper Open Mic Stand-Up

[FREE] 11:00 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

Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling

Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea
(307 West 26th Street; 150-seater; shows free-$10; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world)

Upright Citizens Brigade East
(153 East 3rd Street; 99-seat main theatre, bar area for open mics; shows free-$10)

(123 East 24th Street; 99-seat upstairs theatre, 40-seat downstairs theatre; shows free-$20)

The Magnet
(254 West 29th Street; 60-seat theatre; shows $5-$10)

The Creek and the Cave
(Queens’ Long Island City; 40-seat theatre upstairs, 25 downstairs; virtually all shows free)

The Annoyance Theatre
(367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer; 50-seat theatre; shows free-$10)

Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cellar
(117 MacDougal Street; among the finest daily stand-up lineups in the world; 2-item min.)

The Stand
(239 Third Avenue; recent competitor to Comedy Cellar; no drink min.—support this policy!)

Carolines Comedy Club
(1626 Broadway; focuses on the world’s top headliners, who perform hour-long sets; 2-drink min.)

Gotham Comedy Club
(208 West 23rd Street; headliners on weekends, specialty & lineup shows weekdays; 2-drink min.)

Eastville Comedy Club
(85 East 4th Street; strong weekend lineups; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Greenwich Village Comedy Club
(99 MacDougal Street; convenient if Comedy Cellar’s sold out; no cover using code HyReviews; 2-drink min.)

Comic Strip Live
(1568 Second Avenue, off 81st; Upper East Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Stand Up NY
(236 West 78th Street, off Broadway; Upper West Side club with typically solid lineups; 2-drink min.)

Laughing Devil/The Standing Room
(4738 Vernon Blvd., by #7 train; Queens LIC club; free cover Fri-Sat with code LICVIP; 2-drink min.)

From legendary NYC comedy site Brooklyn Vegan: Thank God for Hy Bender’s religiously updated show bible He is literally the only person in NYC providing daily summaries of what’s happening comedy-wise. It must be exhausting keeping that monster of a website alive…It is your daily comedy itinerary and it scares me how on top of his shit this guy is.

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