NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/8/10

March 8, 2010

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NYC comedy's biggest awards show of the year happens tonight: The 2010 ECNY Awards

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:

6:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): 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) his monthly show at Under St. Marks that’s likely to be a treat, with guest storyteller Andy Chrisie (The New York Times; host of The Liar Show): The Adam Wade from New Hampshire Show: Tales of Life, Love, and Little League

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Adrienne Iapalucci, Christian Polanco, Dan Soder, Yamaneika Sanders, and Chaunte Wayans performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7.44 online using code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item min.): One of the finest comedy events of the year, when virtually the entire downtown NYC comedy community comes together in one room—at the elegant Comix Comedy Club—to celebrate each other, New York, and the best comedy in the world: The 2010 ECNY Awards

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A blowout lineup, with TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (lovely, brilliant, breathtakingly talented writer/actress/comic; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; feature film Cirque du Freak (with Salma Hayek); Todd Barry (one of the finest stand-up in the biz; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central Presents, Carson Daly), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of Look at This F*cking Hipster), and Nick Thune (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon) performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, Stone Cold Fox and Gorilla Gorilla, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and Kate McKinnon, Sarah Claspell, Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Veronica Osorio, and Aaron Glaser perform a sketch show written by Leila Cohan and Caitlin Tegart about Smith, our nation’s largest women’s college, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and This is About Smith

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including LA stand-ups Kyle Kinane and Nick Thune—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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