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: Tami Sagher (30 Rock, Mad TV, Psych, staff writer for How I Met Your Mom) 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!
6:30 pm ($5): Two shows about which I know nothing audition for a regular spot on the prestigious UCB Chelsea schedule: Fox News Channel Presents: Fox ‘N Kidz! and Lonely People. These might be great or awful; but at $2.50 per show, you can’t go far wrong either way. That’s part of the fun of Spank
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of NPR’s trivia/puzzle show Ask Me Another) joins 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
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents, FOX, VH1, E!), John Roy (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Comedy Central), James Adomian (hilarious, super-charged character comic/impressionist; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Harold and Kumar 2), Robert Dean, and Team Submarine performing at UCB East produced by Mark Normand, Matt Ruby, and David Cope: Hot Soup
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mamrie Hart is a rising star who somehow manages to be razor-sharp and immensely warm & accessible at the same time—and is always worth catching. Mamrie and her superb comedy partner Stephen Soroka tonight perform puns, wild facial expressions, dance, rock trivia, audience pranks, murder reenactments, and more as sketch duo BoF: Friends Without Benefits…
…plus in the other half of this double-bill, “Matt Hobby & Mary Grill have a love deeper than one thousand really deep oceans. Through storytelling and sketch comedy, Matt & Mary show you the characters who helped them on their journey from fiancés to newlyweds:” Tying the Knot
8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Hello Laser, Phooka, and Junior Varsity performing improv, followed at 10:00 pm by by Alex Marino directingEvents (improv that explores a single event through flashbacks, dashes, and other time-bending techniques), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with agame-like challenge component), featuring North Coast against Old Timey Radio Show: 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!
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Jared Logan (rising star; Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, host of ComedyJuice), Jermaine Fowler (cast member of FOX’s new In Living Color), Barry Rothbart (Jay Leno, Comedy Central, MTV’s Punk’d, IFC), Kate Hendricks, and Zach Broussard performing at UCB East hosted by Adam Conover: Fresh Out
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced by 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway: Comedy as a Second Language
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Grandma’s Ashes last week chased improv troupe Out of the Woodsback in, winning 116-43. Tonight it battles Captain America’s partner Bucky as these two teams compete for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “Will Meatloaf commit the gluttonous sin and eat himself? Or will he sleep on it? That’s up to you! You, the audience, decide who plays Meatloaf. Throughout the show, you will also decide when we belt out into an improvised Meatloaf song! So come on out for this fully improvised suicide saga where you play the biggest role of all! Because we will do anything for laughs, but we won’t do that” at The PIT downstairs lounge: Meatloaf Might Eat Himself
11:00 pm ($5): “Secret movie screenings of movies you probably haven’t seen and/or should see again” at UCB East (which used to be a movie theatre) hosted by Ryan Karels (Grandma’s Ashes, Krompf), Connor Ratliff (The Stepfathers), JD Amato (Harold Night), and Mike Roth (Two Boots Video): Secret Movie Show Presented by Two Boots Video
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