NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 7/19/10

July 19, 2010

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Kira and Moby

Award-winning star singer/songwriters Kira (Tell Your Friends) and Moby (Citizen Radio Live!)

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: Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!) hosts this free open-mic show for storytellers, in which you can put your name in a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute true story…and if it’s a good one, possibly be included in Kevin’s popular podcasts on the Web: Risk! Storyslam

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:00 pm ($17.50 online with discount code NIFF): My #1 pick for the2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, and Lauren Seikaly, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest and nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. Check out some videos of previous episodes here; and then nab tickets for tonight’s seventh installment at the Soho Playhouse of a 10-week Monday night run: Naked in a Fishbowl

[FREE] 7:30 pm: Red-hot stand-up Hannibal Buress (Variety’s 2010 Top 10 Comics to Watch; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), plus NYC stand-ups Dave Greek, Kevin Carlin, Carrie Gravenson, and Tony Deyo performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

7:30 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 the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A powerhouse lineup of stand-ups—Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature filmsThe Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Andres DuBouchet (former writer for Conan O’Brien), Jon Rineman (writer for Jimmy Fallon), and Peggy O’Brien (The Notorious POB)—plus Danish Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kira—performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Two of UCBT’s finest house sketch comedy troupes, High Treason and Slow Burn, trying out new bits at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Rock superstar Moby and comedy star Billy Connolly provide entertaining political outrage at Citizen Radio LIVE!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—tonight including Dave Hill, Tig Notaro, Alex Knoll, and Sean O’Connor—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.