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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:
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Meghan O’Neill (standout writer/actress at SketchFest NYC 2011; member of acclaimed musical sketch troupe Striking Viking Story Pirates) and Matt Koff (writer for The Onion) performing as a sketch duo at The PIT downstairs lounge in a show that explores their personal lives: Matt & Meghan: We Are Us
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show) and Corn Mo (stellar indie musician) performing at UCB East for a comedy variety show produced by Sara Schaefer & Scott Moran on behalf of a great late actor: After Hours with Gene Hackman and Friends
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at The PIT downstairs lounge: Comic Book Club
8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB West for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Grandma’s Ashes, Very Good Kiss, Deckard, Sandino, and Dance Break—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students perform improv scenes that are immediately great “for the attention-stingy audiences of today”—all at Harold Night
[FREE] 8:00 pm: This weekly show features “a swarthy selection of fine stand-up comics and mildly entertaining recurring segments” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre, hosted by Jim Tews & Brendan Eyre: Chest Hair
[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5 at the door, $7.63 in advance online): Heather Lawless (fresh, hilarious, unique stand-up; Comedy Central, Wonder Showzen, member of Variety SHAC), Jack Kukoda (Onion Sports Dome), and Nick Diamonds (The Unicorns, Islands) performing for this monthly show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by Gabe Delahaye (Senior Editor of Videogum.com): Mr. Coconuts Comedy Show
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Neal Brennan (HBO, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, co-creator ofChappelle’s Show), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Adam Cayton-Holland (award-winning stand-up comic who writes weekly humor column for Denver alt newspaper Westword; also writes online pieces—for example, a 9/3/08 entry chided a young political celeb’s blog for calling the First Lady poised and elegant, commenting “Laura Bush ‘poised’? Pshaw! The woman has the wild-eyed look of a feral, cornered rabbit, like she’s either going to dart the f*ck away or go straight for your jugular, Bunnicula-style…And she looks about as elegant as a Texas whore who one day dreams of singing alongside the piany;” for a video sample, please click here), and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet
9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Rachel Parenta (Last Comic Standing), Pat O’Shea (host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), Rose Surnow, Sam Morill, and Alex Edelman performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by twins Adam & Todd Stone, who for this weekly show leave behind their trademark suits: Jackets Off
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; former staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, podcast You Had to Be There), and Scott Moran performing at The PIT downstairs lounge hosted by Joe DeRosa (HBO’sDown and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents) and Jared Logan (hilarious angry rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill): Righteous Kill
9:30 pm ($5): Improvised episodes of the never-made third season of Twin Peaks at The PIT’s upstairs theatre: In These Woods
[FREE] 9:30 pm: “Want to see your favorite stand-up comics get slapped by Satan himself? He only hosts bringer shows, but join Matt Wayne and Doug Smith as they step into the Big Man’s shoes and put NYC’s finest through comedy purgatory. Hula-hoops, celebrity impressions, unwanted audience participation, all incorporated into each performance! Will they triumph or will the nether world eat their souls? Come see for yourself in this monthly showcase” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: See You in Hell
[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives), team up to create their own special version of a comedy variety show at UCB East, with tonight’s guests Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; host of Joe Mande Presents at Carolines, co-host of Totally J/K; author of book Look at This F*cking Hipster), Katina Corrao (HBO, Comedy Central), and Greg Johnson (Sirius Radio): The Tony and Johnny Show
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