NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/10/12

May 10, 2012

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Mel & El

Gal duos dominate tonight: Mel & El at “Our Time of the Month”…

Stripped Stories

…and Giulia Rozzi & Margot Leitman at “Stripped Stories”

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: Carlos Kotkin (“the Adam Wade of The Moth LA”) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn (memorably featured here): Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm:Veteran musical improvisors at The PIT mix with novices on-stage at Pitch

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): A delightful comedic singing duo (according to Molly, “really smart, funny, talented, awesome people with great bods; Molly is bitter, heavily medicated and she reads poetry”) performing at 92Y Tribeca for an intimate hour of music and more: Mel & El: Our Time of the Month

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill atThe PIT downstairs lounge: Hot Diner and THEM

7:00 pm ($5): Improv duo Steve Soroka (BoF) & Jen Curran team with improv troupe The Imposters at The PIT upstairs theatre to kick off your Evening Bliss

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe The Boss to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) gathers comics to tell funny stories atUCB East, with tonight’s guests Noah Garfinkel (co-host of Totally J/K) and Mike Errico (acclaimed songwriter/singer): Tom Shillue’s Funny Story

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The host of stand-up show Heart of Darkness performs for 45 minutes, with guests, at UCB Chelsea for the recording of comedy album: Greg Barris: Better and Better

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill atThe PIT downstairs lounge: Frogmen and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, The Boss, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Christina Gausas directing The Subject (improvised scenes that focus on one character who never leaves the stage, while other characters from the past, present, and future come and go), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) with last week’s winner battling Trike for laughs & votes: The Magnet’s Night Out

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!

[DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($7.50 [vs. $15] online or at the box office using discount code BBOX): Telly Savalas returns to life to entertain you and provide life guidance in this 50-minute show that was a hit at FringeNYC 2011 and is now enjoying an open-ended Friday night run at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. The script is at times very smart, especially in its choices of hilarious video clips and music tracks from the real Savalas…who, in his more intense moments, apparently rivaled William Shatner at his silliest. But even when Hunter Nelson’s writing isn’t consistent, actor Tom DiMenna—who is a professional comic with great timing and skill at engaging an audience—will keep you entertained: Who Loves You, Baby?

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and/or comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[$] 9:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  An energetic regular on Chelsea Lately who’s also appeared onJay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, and his own Comedy Central special headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jo Koy

9:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at UCB East hosted by Noah Garfinkel (while Joe Mande is on tour): Totally J/K

[$] 9:00 pm ($15): The Daily Show producers Rory Albanese and Adam Lowitt, and writers Elliott Kalan and Jenna Kim Jones, plus headliner Rob Delaney, performing stand-up at 92Y Tribeca: The Daily Show Does Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Mike Amato (The Moth, Montreal Comedy Festival) and Selena Coppock (author of The New Rules For Blondes, host of Connotation) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling true tales on tonight’s theme “Tales From the Web”—plus music from improv beatbox genius Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

9:30 pm ($10): Top comedic musician Corn Mo and more performing at The PIT upstairs theatre with host Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PITdownstairs lounge for The Scene

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Justin Williams: Death Comedy Jam

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Airwolf won its seventh victory in a row last week—but instead of dealing a humiliating blow, it squeaked by 88-57. If the champion is starting to get cocky, this could be the chance for this week’s challenger Pig. Don’t miss the oinking as they compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neil (comedy genius), Morgan Grace Jarrett (wonderful comedic actress), and Lydia Hensler (member of red-hot improv troupe Grandma’s Ashes) host a showcase of female comics performing at UCB EastLadies Night: Men Welcome

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/8/12

March 8, 2012

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Dave Hill and Margot Leitman

The Wonderful Dave Hill is among the yarn-spinners at Margot Leitman's "Stripped Stories;" and Margot also tells comedic tales tonight at John Flynn's "Oh, Hey Guys" and Tom Shillue's "Funny Story"

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] 6:00 pm: Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV, co-host of sexy & funny Stripped Stories) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up with comics’ names drawn from a bucket and each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): Improvisor Brandon Gardner (The Curfew, Let’s Have a Ball) turns to scripted comedy with this mini-play he wrote & directed as an audition for a spot on the UCB Chelsea schedule, starring Aaron Kheifets as sexiest man in America John Wilkes Booth, Matthew Dennie as Booth’s biggest fan Abraham Lincoln, and Brandon Scott Jones as femme fatale Miss Laura Keene: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: A Comedy

7:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT upstairs theatre: Hot Diner and THEM

7:00 pm ($5): A sketch show about loneliness at The PIT downstairs lounge: How to Stay Single Forever

[FREE] 7:00 pm: In this free Magnet show, audience members (signing in at 6:00) can join in with improv troupe Junior Varsity to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Star storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) gathers top comics to tell funny stories at UCB Chelsea, with tonight’s guests Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV, co-host of sexy & funny Stripped Stories), Stephen Gevedon (Nurse Jackie, Rubicon), Amine Zaitzeff (owner of Zaitzeff Burger), and Mike Albo: Tom Shillue’s Funny Story

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): UK stand-up David O’Doherty, who in February recorded a special for Comedy Central, and is co-author of the book 100 Facts About Sharks, performs a one-man show at UCB Chelsea for one night only: David O’Doherty Is Looking Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: “A panel of comedians give their hilarious takes on the more grim/sensational crime stories taken from NYC’s daily newspapers. It’s live comedy with a streak of yellow journalism and dark New York flavor”—not to mention a monthly podcast—at Queens LIC’s The Creek hosted by Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), NYPD Detective Reynolds, Chris Laker, and Marcus Parks: The New York City Crime Report

8:00 pm ($5): Two singing improv troupes make up entire musicals on the spot in this double-bill at The PIT upstairs theatre: Frogmen and Harvey

8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house improv troupes Hello Laser, Junior Varsity, The Boss, and Phooka performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by Alan Fessenden directing The Monoscene (an improvised play that takes place entirely in one location with no edits of any kind), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) with BEEES! and Junior Varsity competing: The Magnet’s Night Out

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 [vs. $25] online or at the box office using discount code BBOX): Telly Savalas returns to life to entertain you and provide life guidance in this 50-minute show that was a hit at FringeNYC 2011 and is now enjoying an open-ended Friday night run at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. The script is at times very smart, especially in its choices of hilarious video clips and music tracks from the real Savalas…who, in his more intense moments, apparently rivaled William Shatner at his silliest. But even when Hunter Nelson’s writing isn’t consistent, actor Tom DiMenna—who is a professional comic with great timing and skill at engaging an audience—will keep you entertained: Who Loves You, Baby?

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): UK star David O’Doherty (Comedy Central special, co-author of 100 Facts About Sharks), Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Matt Koff (Onion News Network, WitStream, 9 Am Meeting), and Kate Berlant performing stand-up at UCB East with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced around 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this free weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language

[$] 9:00 pm ($15): Producers & writers for The Daily Show, including Al Madrigal, Adam Lowitt, JR Havlan, and Oren Brimer, perform stand-up at 92Y Tribeca: The Daily Show Does Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Greg Behrendt (bestselling author of He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno), Karen Kilgariff, Jessie Geller, and Matt Wayne performing at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a weekly comedy show with hosts Dan Wllber & Sean Crespo and producer Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, Sundance, MTV, VH1, NPR, star of The King of Miami, band Diamondsnake, champion rapper; The New York Times, The Huffington Post), and Blaise Kearsley (How I Learned) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host of Dive Comedy) telling erotic true tales on this month’s theme Awkward Encounters—plus hot songs from the delightful Erin & Her Cello—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT downstairs lounge, produced by Dan Hodapp & Micah Sherman: The Scene

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City, hosted by Justin Williams: Death Comedy Jam

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Freestyle rapping, beatboxing long-form improv troupe North Coast goes up against the most formidable improv troupe in NYC, Death by Roo Roo, in what’s likely to be an incredible competition for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Shannon O’Neil (breathtakingly innovative improvisor/sketch comic and rising star; The Stepfathers, Diamond Lion), Matt McCarthy (HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bored to Death, host of AMC’s Action Pack, Comedy Central, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys, host of Marking Out), and Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing) perform at this dark comedy stand-up show that promises to “test your limits of good taste and push the boundaries of what you consider funny” at UCB East hosted by Chris Wilkes (Thunder Gulch): After Dark

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/6/11

January 6, 2011

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Stripped Stories

Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman tonight celebrate the Fourth Anniversary of their superb sexy storytelling show "Stripped Stories"

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] 6:30 pm: Chicago-based veteran sketch/improv comic Bob Kulhan performs his acclaimed one-man show Shecky Kulhan: Theater of the Mind; and Young talents make up comedy scenes based on a popular board game in Clue: The Improvised Edition

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The unsinkable Mamrie Hart and her comedy partner Stephen Soroka areBest of Friends, and tonight they debut an entirely new sketch show that educates you about how to effectivey promote it when you tell all your friends to see it: BoF: It’s Pronounced ‘Boaf’!; and Michael Hartney performs a one-man show about being gay, wearing capes, and making metaphors in So I Like Superman

8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde” inSleepover

[$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set onJimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill), Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, the other co-host ofRighteous Kill), Andy Haynes, Adam Conover, and Dan Curry performing stand-up at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show hosted & produced by recently engaged couple Sean Crespo & Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Celebratilng the Fourth Anniversary of the best sexy storytelling show in NYC are sensual hosts Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1.com, co-host of Dive Comedy), with tonight’s guests Jiwon Lee and Ryan Britt telling sexual tales revolving around the theme “Outrageous!”, plus raunchy comedic songs from the spectacular Jessica Delfino, at what promises to be a special evening of Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): A unique sports-themed stand-up, sketch comedy, and interview show hosted by Scott Rogowsky and Neil Janowitz that features both professional sports starss and comics doing sports-themed comedy: 12 Angry Mascots

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): The heavens themselves will shake as improv titans Death by Roo Roo and Reuben Williamss square off in a competition for audience laughs and votes at the raucousCage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 4/19/10

April 19, 2010

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World-class storytellers Margot Leitman and Adam Wade perform one-person shows as Gawky & Awkward

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

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Jared Logan, TJ Del Reno, Dave Lester, Zach Broussard, and Trevor Williams performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Baron Vaughn (co-star of USA’s Facing Kate and Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show, MTV, VH1), Claudia Cogan, Rob Paravonian, Moe & Mary, plus musical guests Eytan Mirsky and A Brief View of the Hudson, all performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

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

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention HyReviews.com [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Fine stand-ups Frank Vignola (Comedy Central), Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, Jimmy Kimmel), Harriet Halloway, Danny Solomon, Dave Clark, and Mike Raive performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of the most entertaining & adorable comedic storytellers in the country—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 and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page onConan O’Brien, please click here) and Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, co-host of Stripped Stories)—performing one-person shows at a double-bill that should not be missed as Awkward & Gawky

[FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Jordan Carlos, Craig Baldo, Jamie Lee, Harrison Greenbaum, Laura Prangley, and Andy Hendrickson celebrating the 7th Anniversary of Pat O’Shea’s free weekly Brooklyn showcase at Freddy’s BackroomEd Sullivan on Acid

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including TV star Colin Quinn, John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Myq Kaplan, and Sean Donnelly, plus award-winning sketch troupe Murderfist—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/18/10

February 18, 2010

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Melanie Hamlett, Giulia Rozzi, and Margot Leitman tell hot tales of "Misunderstanding" at Stripped Stories

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 ($12): The debut of a news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation, tonight including writer/actor Brian Donovan, political journalist Jacob Weisberg (Newsweek, Slate), TV writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), and writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend): The News Distillery

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Allen Warnock and Andrea Alton (members of sketch troupe Freedumb) teaming up to create hilarious characters in a very silly and fun show—for my review, please click here. The production has now been revived for a commercial run through February 28th: Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Two of the funniest and most loveable sketch comics alive, Katherine Bryant and Chris O’Connor (half of sketch troupe Fearsome) team up with also hilarious sketch comics Mike Still (sketch troupe A Week of Kindness) and John Phillips (sketch troupe Trophy Dad) to perform a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life; and disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests, in the double-bill Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever and BoF in This Old Thing

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Wonderful star stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik, Christian Finnegan , and Wyatt Cenac, plus musical guest Gretchen Parlato, performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Misunderstanding; and the thoroughly wonderful storytellers are Melanie Hamlett, (Moth StorySlam Champion; stellar & unique writer/performer who does cross-country tours while living in her truck and posting hilarious photo-caption reports on her adventures at blog Melanie Hamlett: Wandering Narcoleptic—for illustrated tales of shucking corn and conversations with mermaids, please click here and here), Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion), ace musical guests Stuckey & Murray, and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($15 online if you use code VIPFEB [otherwise $20], plus 2-item minimum): Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, Tom Shillue, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin join comedy giant Todd Barry at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Todd Barry and Friends

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes—The Brothers Hines and Robber Baron—compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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