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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] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Witty writers offering delightfully wry lectures about this month’s topic “Transformation,” which range from The Werewolf’s Guide To Life to How to Be a Recovering Alcoholic When You’re Not an Alcoholic But Enjoy AA Meetings, at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for Charles Star’s comedic show Adult Education
[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): “Jews in comedy have been ignored for too long. To combat this trend, The Magnet’s Jewish house team members have formed a Jewish super-group that will be performing around Jewish high holidays. Their Jewish shows will be based on Jewish monologues from a Jewish Rabbi about the upcoming Jewish holiday. For Purim we have monologist Rabbi Elli.” Among this small army of Jews is typically improv master Ed Herbstman—which is reason enough to come and enjoy The Chosen Ones
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): 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), John Harris (Senior Editor of The Onion), and more performing at Lolita Bar hosted by Liam McEneaney: Tell Your Friends
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Devin Clark (creator of Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans) and Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture The debut of this wonderful show about comic books at its brand new location Pianos (158 Ludlow Street), with giveaways of comics and gift certificates: Comic Book Club
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A musical show at UCB East describing itself as “Female-fronted folky-pop band. Hyper-articulate, nerdy, post-modern sort of musical comedy. Folk singalongs and catchy pop jams are merely the metaphorical table holding up the buffet of wordplay, sarcastic wit, and rapid-fire pop culture references:” Summer & Eve: Folky-Pop Musical Comedy
8:00 pm-Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv at UCB Chelsea for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Bucky, Johnny Romance, Orb Genders, Sandino, and Creature—and at 11:00 pm advanced improv students make up two complete documentary films—all at Harold Night
8:00 pm ($5): This one-woman show at The PIT upstairs theatre “follows Leanne’s journey from Waukegan, Illinois to Vegas, baby! Doesn’t every woman want to move to Vegas, sell guns, and get married a few times? It would be completely made up if it weren’t totally true:” Lady Luck is a Whore
8:00 pm ($5): Cathleen Carr (Two Girls for Five Bucks, Birds, The Scene) and Bob Kulhan (Second City, The Scene) host a show featuring two-person improv teams challenged with separation anxiety—the audience is asked to scramble them and create one-night-only pairings.The established duos participating tonight are Nate Starkey & Chris Grace, Nate Williams & Rich Hollman, and Cathleen Carr & Bob Kulhan at The PIT downstairs Lounge: Carr Kulhan: Dos Experimento
[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 ($10 at the door, $12.75 online): A monthly storytelling show from Jeff Simmermon (NPR’s This American Life), Cyndi Freeman (The Moth, burlesque star) and Brad Lawrence (Moth GrandSlam champion) at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, with tonight’s guests stand-up Andy Ross, belly dancer Madame X, and burlesque star Dangrrr Doll: And I Am Not Lying
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Julia Wiedeman (glorious nudist one-woman show Naked People; SNL, Gossip Girl, Law & Order), Mary Mack (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, visiting from Minnesota), Josh Zepps (star Australian comic, host of Australian Idol), and more performing at Ella(9 Avenue A) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Sweet
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A weekly wild experiment in dark comedy, blending sketch and improv, from two of the most brilliant, fearless, and innovative comics in the biz, John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim, Comedy Central) and Anthony Atamanuik (Death by Roo Roo, 30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Huffington Post, The Nights of Our Lives) at UCB East. Tonight’s guests are the lovely Amber Nelson (sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host of Late Night Stand and Mustache Party), the lovely Becky Yamamoto (God I’m Funny, Stickerbook), and the reasonably pretty Aaron Glaser (The Raspberry Brothers, College Humor): The Tony and Johnny Show
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.): Arden Myrin (Conan O’Brien, Mad TV, Chelsea Lately, host of The Party Machine; for Mad TV samples, please click here and here and here), Steve Rannazzisi (FX’s The League), Kurt Metzger (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans), and more performing stand-up at the Gotham Comedy Club hosted by Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central): ComedyJuice
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