NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/27/11

June 27, 2011

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Pete Holmes and Kumail Nanjiani

Beloved stand-ups Pete Holmes and Kumail Nanjiani are briefly back from LA this week and performing tonight at Whiplash

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): World-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of The Adam Wade Show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts a show that’s “like watching the characters of The Wonder Years and Freaks & Geeks all grown up and telling coming-of-age tales of love, lost, regret, and redemption,” with tonight’s yarn-spinners Kristen Lange, Jenice Matias, Steven Berkowitz, and Robert Weinstein, plus music from Jake Goldman—and a prize for some lucky audience member of a free cake!—all at Adam Wade’s Whatever Happened to the Nerds?

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Austin troupe Confidence Men perform their NYC debut with an improvised two-act play in the style of David Mamet. “What makes them unique? Everything: the rhythm, the style, the tone, and the willingness to go serious and/or dark:” Improvised Mamet

7:00 pm & 9:30 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—with an early show hosted by Sean Donnelly & Blaine Perry at 7:00 pm, and an entirely different group of stand-ups hosted by Dan Cartwright & Dave Greek at 9:30 pm—at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for John Morrison’s Motel Luca

[FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Larry Bailey, Kyle Fincham, Kate Hendricks, David DeVito, Amanda Baramki, and Meena Dimian performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pubhosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Film, and Broadway & off-Broadway stars Bill Camp (Public Enemies, Rounders; Broadway: Coram Boy, Jackie, Saint Joan), Maria Dizzia (Cradle and All; Tony Award nominee for In The Next Room), Brad Fleischer (Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Helen Kim (Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, Grindhouse), and Cristin Milioti (30 Rock; Broadway:Coram Boy, Lieutenant of Inishmore) mixing it up with some of the greatest  improvisors in the world—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel, John & Scott), Tara Copeland (Baby Wants Candy, Mother, The Other Guys), Michael Delaney (Conan O’Brien, The Other Guys, The Stepfathers), Anthony King (brilliant Artistic Director of UCBT, Gutenberg The Musical!, The Curfew), and John Lutz (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, John & Scott)—as they crash improv into classic theatre scenes at actor/director Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($6.50 online or $8 at the door): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on last year’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), and musical guest Ted Leo—plus for all of June, as house band the super-amazing Adira Amram and the Experience (winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Musical Act)—performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) with sketches and more from a duo who between them won four 2011 ECNY Awards—including Best Variety Show and Best Hosts—Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): My #1 pick for the 2007 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, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, 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 & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see. This show was previously a wonderful theatrical event that cost $18 and up. Don’t miss this run at The PIT that allows you to catch the gals for a mere $10: Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Rachel Feinstein (finalist on last year’s Last Comic Standing; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Jena Friedman (wry dark comedy stand-up; host of Entertaining the Bartender), Nate Bargatze, Scott Moran, and Ryan Conner performing at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue; take R subway to Prospect Avenue) for this free biweekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of UCBT’s very finest house sketch comedy troupes Fambly(spearheaded by wonderful rising star Mamrie Hart); plus in the other half of this double-bill house troupe Neighbor Boy (which might not feature great material, but includes such talents as Kate Hess, Amber Nelson, and Timothy Dunn), all trying out new bits at Maude Night

9:30 pm ($5): “A drama written by teen Jerome McDonough that teaches teens about the evils of alcohol abuse. A talented and twistedly funny group of adults (the Marumsco Valley Players) will present the hard-hitting play, stage directions and all—while under the influence!:” Alky

10:00 pm ($5): Improv is dominated by guys, so this is a rare treat—a dozen female improvisors “for an evening of comedy that will delight men, women, babies, and kittens,” hosted by Megan Gray: We Might Just Kiss

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the world—who tonight include Anthony Jeselnik (one of my all-time favorite stand-ups; former staff writer/performer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents; debut comedy CD Shakespeare), Jon Benjamin (star of new Comedy Central series Jon Benjamin Has a Van), and David O’Doherty (award-winning writer/stand-up visiting from Ireland; to get a feel for this extraordinary storyteller, please click here and here and here)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

[FREE] 11:00 pm: If you’re an audience member who loves stand-up, Monday at 11 should beWhiplash! night (see listing above). If you’re a comic who couldn’t get booked on UCBT’s all-star show, though, you can opt to instead practice your skills at this stand-up open-mic hosted by Michelle Wolf and the hilarious Erin Lennox (for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here): Fresh

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 5/18/10

May 18, 2010

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Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes hosts his weekly NYC show for the final time before moving to LA: Punch Up Your LIfe

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliantly original & hilarious singer/songwriter Adira Amram, plus Mike Ennis, Kareem Green, Carrie Gravenson, and Daniel Mahoney, performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer:Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Opera, Sandino, DeCoster, Bastian, and Ragnaröck; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film) and C, C, & E Improv Factory (Charlie Todd, Eric Scott, Chuck Dauble, and the spirit of Charlie Sanders in LA)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($3): Kumail Nanjiani, Myq Kaplan, Matt Goldich, Charles Star, and Sheng Wang performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted—for the last time!—by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker—and moving to LA to be a staff writer on new TV comedy Outsourced): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Sam Brown (The Whitest Kids U’ Know), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 5/17/10

May 17, 2010

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Pete Holmes

Phenomenal stand-up Pete Holmes, in one of his final NYC appearances before abandoning us for a TV staff writing job in LA, performs tonights at Whiplash

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: The hilarious Carolyn Castiglia, plus NYC stand-ups Andy Hanyes, Josh Guarino, Andrew Schulz, and Miguel Dalmau performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pubhosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Colin Jost, Giulia Rozzi, Rusty Ward, and Jon Rineman—plus musical guests Brian Douglas and A Brief View of the Hudson—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, Slow Burn and High Treason, 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): Wonderful stand-ups Hannibal Buress, Livia Scott, Dan St. Germain, Liam McEneaney, Mike Drucker, Mike Pomranz, and Dan Mahoney performing at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Morrison Motel

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: A free sneak preview of the latest Comedy Central series—which stars UCB favorites and comedy geniuses Horatio Sanz, Chris Gethard, and Chris Parnell—hosted by Chris Gethard: Big Lake

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-up comics in the country—tonight including lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country;Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, Ugly Americans, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life andGutbucket), Baron Vaughn (co-star of USA’s Facing Kate and Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show, MTV, VH1), Rory Scovel, Hari Kondabolu, and Sandra Baule—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 Tuesday 5/11/10

May 11, 2010

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YouTube sensation Mike O'Connell ('What's It Gonna Be?") performs tonight at both Punch Up Your Life and Sweet

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics industry pros join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb NYC stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Ben Lerman, Giulia Rozzi, Baratunde Thurston, and David Lee Nelson performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Robber Baron, Bastian, Badman, Ragnaröck, and The Opera; and at 11:00 pm a double-bill with improv genius troupes Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) and The Two-Man Movie (Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film)—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($3): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Mike O’Connell (hilarious YouTube star), Mike Drucker, Rory Scovel, Sean O’Connor, and Ethan Berlin performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for an almost-free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily Show,John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Donald Glover (co-star of NBC’s Community and feature film Mystery Team; Derrick), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Mike O’Connell (hilariousYouTube star), and John Viener (writer and voice artist for Family Guy) performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman hosting a gay-themed stand-up show in Ochi’s LoungeDykes on Mics

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 4/13/10

April 13, 2010

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Comedy giants Anthony Jeselnik (Punch Up Your Life), Ben Rodgers (Outlook of the Poet), and Ben Schwartz (Sweet)

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:

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Hilary Schwartz and Rachael Parenta hosting an intriguing show atOchi’s Lounge described as “emotionally inappropriate comedy:” Please, Someone Kill Me

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Industry guests join super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Wil Sylvince, Erik Bergstrom, Ash Louis, Kara Klenk, Calvin Cato, and JC Coccoli performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Monstro, The Opera, Sandino, Bastian, and DeCoster; and at 11:00 pm a show with superb troupes Outlook of the Poet (improv geniuses Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of Reuben Williams, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) plus The Law Firm: The People’s Court—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Kumail Nanjiani (David LettermanSaturday Night Live, The Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel, writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Kevin Allison (legendary sketch troupeThe State, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), Ben Schwartz (writer for SNL and David Letterman, member of brilliant sketch/improv troupe Hot Sauce), and “a special guest” performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman hosting a sneak peek of the first episode of the upcoming new season of The Big Gay Sketch Showin Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon;Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live;Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Emily Flake (cartoonist for The New Yorker), Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), and Nick Stevens (host Of AMC’s Action Pack) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker) and razor-sharp Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour; for stand-up video about why Joe hates weddings, please click here): Punch Up Your Life

9:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central Presents), Claudia Cogan (Time Out New York’s Best Joke winner), and more with host Shawn Hollenbach at Minty Fresh Comedy

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/30/10

March 30, 2010

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The lovely and much-missed Joselyn Hughes graces NYC for a few days before returning to LA, performing tonight at Punch Up Your Life and Sweet

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers) joining super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[FREE] 8:00 pm: It’s awesome ladies night, with Eliza Skinner (genius member of improv musical troupes I Eat Pandas and Baby Eats Candy; host of The BEATdown), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko), Sue Funke (The Treehouse, The Ultimate Experts), and Mara Herron (one-woman show Fly Girl) performing at Cellar 58 (58 Second Avenue) alongside delightful host Abbi Crutchfield and comedic rapster Andrew Singer: Positively Awesome

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes People People, Bastian, Badman, and The Law Firm; plus one of the finest troupes in the history of improv, Death By Roo Roo; and at 11:00 pm a show with two more incredible troupes, Outlook of the Poet (improv geniuses Gavin Speiller, Ben Rodgers, and Jon Gabrus) and Convoy (top LA improvisors Alex Berg, Todd Fasen, and Alex Fernie)—all atHarold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm ($5): Joselyn Hughes (much-missed lovely writer for Tosh 2.0, visiting from LA), Andrea Rosen (Stella, Michael and Michael Have Issues, Variety SHAC), Robin Ince (UK star comic; BBC’s The Office, Robin Ince is as Dumb as You), Hari Kondabolu (John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Jimmy Kimmel), and Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central PresentsThe Daily ShowJohn Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week EverThe New Yorker) and razor-sharp Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central, Carson DalyInsomniac Tour; for stand-up video about why Joe hates weddings, please click here): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Comedy star Colin Quinn (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Joselyn Hughes (lovely writer for Tosh 2.0, visiting from LA), Mike Bunin (regular on TBS’ My Boys), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): Two sharp NYC stand-ups headlining for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Barris and Yannis Pappas

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 3/22/10

March 22, 2010

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Two of the greatest comics in the biz perform at UCBT tonight: Anthony Jeselnik (Whiplash) and Pete Holmes (Front Page Films 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:

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: Superb stand-ups Ali Wong, Jared Logan, Nick Turner, Jayson Cross, and Damien Lemon 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): Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Awkward Kings of Comedy; films Pluto Nash, End of Days, A Guy Thing), Bryan Tucker (writer for Saturday Night Live), Josh Comers (former writer for Conan O’Brien), author Bob Powers, and guest-host Chris DeLuca performing in the Lolita Bar at Liam McEneaney’s Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($3): A wonderful comedic singer/songwriter performing a deliciously long 45-minute set at the weekly show Acoustic Mondays at Rockbar (185 Christopher Street): Ben Lerman

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 & 2-drink min.) Auditions for Season 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, judged by the spectacular Natasha Leggero, Greg Giraldo, and Andy Kindler at the Gotham Comedy Club: Last Comic Standing 7 Showcase

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three of the sharpest talents in comedy—stand-up genius Pete Holmes, Matt McCarthy, and Orem Brimer—showcase their hilarious short films, sketches, songs, and more at Front Page Films Live!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest comics in the country—tonight including one of my all-time faves Anthony Jeselnik (stand-up genius; writer for Jimmy FallonConan O’Brien, HBO,Comedy Central Presents), plus Caroline Rhea, John Roberts, and Luke Cunningham—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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