NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/28/11

July 28, 2011

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Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli tells tales of online dating at Risk!...

Jessi Klein

...while Jessi Klein performs stand-up at Lasers in the Jungle

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: Open-mic stand-up with comics drawing names from a bucket, with each chosen one receiving three minutes at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Corby Haas

[FREE] 6:30 pm: In this free show, audience members (signing in at 6) can join in with veteran improv talents to make up scenes on the spot: Magnet Mixer

7:00 pm ($5): A one-man show from comic Matthew Robert Gehring (member of sketch troupePolitical Subversions): #GenericWhiteGuy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Some of the Magnet Theatre’s finest improvisors make up theatrical plays on the spot: Playhouse

8:00 pm ($5): Seth Kirschner (30 Rock, Lipstick Jungle) plays every character in a half-hour one-man TV episode parodying 90s sitcoms—and is debuting a new episode tonight—in Sertainly Seth; and in the other half of this double-bill, Paul Welsh performs a one-man show about a hall of portraits in Men in Paintings

8:00 pm ($5): “Best friends Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell created an internet phenomenon by challenging pairs of women to double date them, and documenting the hilarious results for YouTubers everywhere. Two hundred dates later, their experiences were translated into reenactments, educational songs, and valuable lessons in everything from dancing to kissing. Tonight, these “dating experts” will improvise demonstrations inspired by audience participation, in an attempt to enlighten on the art of romance…and perhaps do a little bit of matchmaking along the way:” Dave and Ethan: Dating Coaches

8:00 pm ($5): Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s Desiree Burch, David Smithyman, Killy Dwyer, and Cocoon Central Dance Team performing at The PIT’s basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[$] 8:00 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s performed on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Bad Boys of ComedyShowtime at Harlem, BET’s ComicView, and the feature film Next Fridayheadlining tonight and Friday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Michael Blackson

[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: Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are star insult comic Lisa Lampanelli, stunt journalist AJ Jacobs, and Emmy-winning Daily Show Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Met on the Net” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), Sam Grittner (for stand-up about the gayness of Heaven, please click here), and Harry Terjanian (XM Radio) performing stand-up at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for Sean Crespo’s & Carol Hartsell’s weekly comedy show Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

9:30 pm ($5): Improvisors (not announced) make up one-act plays on the spot at The PIT’s basement lounger for The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): The highly talented Fran Gillespie, who came in as a solo improvisor, made the odd choice of requesting an audience member who had zero improv experience to come on stage and perform with her for her entire set—and then periodically scolded her new partner for making choices counter to improv rules that Fran explicitly requested the audience member not know… Spectacular musical improv troupe Diamond Lion (which includes improv genius Tara Copeland) ended up garnering nearly twice as many audience votes—and will be a champion that all subsequent opponents will find hard to beat. Tonight DL goes up against new UCBT Harold Night house troupe Mr. Crime, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at The PIT for this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One

11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupes Listen, Kid! and Upstate compete for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/28/10

October 28, 2010

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Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter is among the wonderful storytellers at tonight's edition of "Risk!"

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:

6:00 pm ($5): An oddball triple bill of sketch comedy—the potentially quite good Dystopia Gardens, the quite silly EC-comics inspired Orson Welles’ Basement of Terror, and the even way sillier Rob Lathan playlet A Benefit for Permanent Nutface Gary—all at tonight’s UCBT audition show Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are the thoroughly wonderful Michael Showalter (The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer), Starlee Kine (This American Life, The New York Times), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Nick Prueher (Found Footage Festival), and Keri Heidecker (Freak Magnet)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “The Chase” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (newest member of superb theatrical improv troupeNaked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel host this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; popular blogsNYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Dan Curry (Last Comic Standing), Ben Kissel (Roundtable of Gentlemen), and Jeff Kreisler performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street): John and Molly Get Along

[$] 8:00 pm pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Susie Essman

8:00 pm ($5): The Magnet’s co-owner Armando Diaz performs monologues on the spot and improvisors then act out scenes based on them at The Armando Diaz Experience

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online with code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): NYC stand-ups Vic Henley, Mike Lawrence, Veronica Mosey, Mike Recine, Warren Holstein, and Russ Meneve performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

8:00 pm ($5): A musical sketch comedy show, and a one-woman show about breast cancer, in the double-bill Sing Out, Louie! and Pam Murphy: The C Word

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at Mortified

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

9:30 pm ($5): In homage to Halloween, UCBT house sketch troupe Thunder Gulch presents aSaturday Night Live-inspired show that stars Frankenstein, Elvira, and Freddy Krueger: Monster Night LIve

[$] 10:00 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupe The Beatles (Mike Still, Jim Santangeli, Achilles Stamatelaky, and Dan Klein) and genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller, Ben Rodgers, and Jonathan Gabrus) compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/24/10

June 24, 2010

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Jenny Slate

SNL's Jenny Slate is among the superb comics spinning tales of revenge at tonight's Risk!...

50 Best Jokes

...and an army of top stand-ups offer their A-list material at 50 Best Jokes

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Jenny Slate (SNL), Matt Gallagher (author of Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War), Glennis McMurray (Dream Role), Ann Carr (Comedy Central), and Keri Heidecker (Freak Magnet)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Revenge: Settling Scores Big and Small” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country:Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($33.48 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): Unforgettably hilarious co-star of NBC’s Ed, member of legendary sketch troupe & seminal MTV series The State, co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, and much more headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Michael Ian Black

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts other superb yarn-spinners inOchi’s Lounge sharing their favorite real-life campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

7:30 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] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb comics Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report, star of over 100 Sonic fast-food commercials) and John Lutz (writer & occasional actor on SNL since 2004;recurring character on 30 Rock) perform acclaimed two-man improv in 2 Square

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): The debut of what promises to be a very special event: Fifty of the best comics in NYC gather to each tell his or her very best joke. Expect extreme hilarity at 92Y Tribeca’s 50 Best Jokes

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightful stand-ups Leah Dubie and Amy Beckerman performing & hosting other comics in Ochi’s Lounge at Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Determination; and the storytellers are Brian Longwell (Edinburgh Fringe), Erin Goodwin (Off The Record), musical guest Thin Skin Johnny, and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[$] 10:00 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant troupe troupes, Badman and Doppelganger, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/25/10

March 25, 2010

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Legendary comedy star Marc Maron is among the storytellers telling hilarious tales tonight about personal tough choices at Kevin Allison's Risk!

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): “Hosted by Late Show with David Letterman writer Matt Goldich, Twenty-Five Words or Less features some of New York City’s top comedians telling their funniest one-liners. The jokes will be even shorter than this description of the show;” tonight Amy Schumer, Joe Mande, Roger Hailes, Josh Comers, Julian McCullough, Neal Stastny, and more will be at the elegant Comix Comedy Club making you laugh in 25 Words of Less

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are legendary star Marc Maron (a comic’s comic; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central, and numerous other top credits), Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, co-host of superb Stripped Stories), Matt Higgins (acclaimed sketch/improv troupe Centralia), Beowulf Jones (The Sitcom), Virginia Scott (The Glass Contraption Clown Theatre), and Elon James White (This Week in Blackness)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Dilemmas: Really Hard Choices” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country:Risk!

7:30 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] 8:00 pm ($5): What’s likely to be a world-class sketch show from critically acclaimed Chicago-based veteran comics Jordan Klepper and Steve Waltien; and superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performs material better than its show’s title indicates, in the double-bill Steve and Jordan Are Standing In It and Pangea 3000 Sucks

8:00 pm ($5): The debut of a sketch show from Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller (both formerly of NYC sketch powerhouse THE ROYAL WE), who “present a brand new two-man show which serves a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Jessica Delfino (hilarious raunchy singer & stand-up; Good Morning America, FOX News, Dirty Folk Rock, host of Top Friends), Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Michael Musto (famed book author and Village Voice columnist), Frank DeCaro (The Daily Show), and Judy Gold (veteran stand-up) at an ironic version of a classic game show hosted by wonderful comedic singer Ben Lerman (Logo, Here TV!): Match Game Live!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Chris March (Project Runway), Claywoman, and surprises from host Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, Big in Japan) at The Dave Hill Explosion

[$] 10:00 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Improv giants The Brothers Hines (steamrolling over challengers with seven wins in a row) and star-studded troupe Reuben Williams compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/25/10

February 25, 2010

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Andy Christie, Andrea Rosen, and Michelle Collins tell hilarious tales of being "Blindsided" at Risk!

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 ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are stellar stand-ups Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, Variety SHAC), Michelle Collins (VH1’s Best Week Ever, YouCantMakeItUp.org; for a memorable chat about the power of penises over vaginas, please click here), and A.D. Miles (staff writer on Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, MTV), and top storytellers Andy Christie (The New York Times; host of The Liar Show) and Mark Allen (The New York Times, NPR)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Blindsided: Didn’t See It Coming” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($34.57 online if you use code VIPFEB, plus 2-item minimum): A star stand-up who’s done half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and cast member on FOX’s The Jury; appeared repeatedly on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and guest starred on such TV shows as NBC’s The Office and FOX’s Arrested Development, headlining through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Patrice Oneal

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($5 online if you use code SNOSHU, otherwise $10): Razor-sharp, adorable, irresistible comedic storyteller Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko) spins yarns about her childhood in her one-woman show Vodka Shoes

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill debuting her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performs material better than its show’s title indicates, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[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

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 stand-ups Todd Barry, Lizz Winstead, Seth Herzog, Liam McEneaney, and Baratunde Thurston performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($7.44 online if you use code VIPFEB, plus 2-item minimum): A unique sports-themed stand-up, sketch comedy, and interview show hosted by Scott Rogowsky and Neil Janowitz, tonight featuring JP Foschi Tight End for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jets Quarterback Erik Ainge, and undefeated heavyweight boxer & 2008 Golden Gloves champ Tor Hamer, all performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: 12 Angry Mascots

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 11/4/09

November 4, 2009

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Janeane Garofalo 6

Janeane Garofalo and other brilliant comedic storytellers perform tonight at Risk!

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] [$] 7:30 pm ($12 ticket; plus two-drink or $12 food min. if you sit at a table): World-class comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are TV & movie superstar Janeane Garofalo, bestselling author Elna Baker (for a Q&A about Elna’s book, please click here), brilliant stand-up Leo Allen (HBO, Conan O’Brien, SNL, Comedy Central), and Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb)—join brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) in Joe’s Pub to share tales on the theme “Sneaky Choices” at the exciting new weekly storytelling event Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest comedic singer/songwriters in NYC—Adira Amram, Stuckey & Murray, God’s Pottery (Wilson Hall & Krister Johnson), Snakes (Adam Lustick & Billy Scafuri), and Thin Skin Johnny—joining wonderful hosts Anthony King and Scott Brown at this spectacular one-night-only event: Your Favorite Band Sucks…at Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Two top NYC sketch troupes, Murderfist and Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, perform intense comedy in the intimate East Village Red Room theatre: The Last Murderfist Show

8:00 pm ($7): Sharp NYC stand-ups Caroline Rhea, Becky Donohue, Liam McEneaney, and Costaki Economopoulos performing at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s monthly comedy showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC storytellers and stand-ups Leslie Goshko, John Flynn, Claire Titelman, Lisa Haim, Anthony Spinner, and Hollywood Beach Brian performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report), Claire Titelman (Veronica Mars), Robert Buscemi (designated “Best Comedian 2009” by Chicago Reader), Rich Juzwiack, and “a special secret showbiz guest we aren’t allowed to announce because he or she has another fancy gig in town this week” performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:30 pm ($5): Two one-man shows—about having cancer and being gay—for a mere five bucks in the double-bill Nick Ross: Highly Evolved Human and Brent Sullivan: Fag Life

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 10/21/09

October 21, 2009

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Margaret Cho joins a star-studded group of comedic storytellers tonight at Risk!

Margaret Cho joins a star-studded group of comedic storytellers tonight at Risk!

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:

7:00 pm & 8:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($6.13 per show online): NYC improv and sketch troupes—many of whom perform at The PIT—compete against each other via this unusual annual contest in which each group, regardless of specialty, will perform both improv and sketch…as well as a comedy form known as sketchprov using the Second City routine The Pad. The 27 teams participating this year are Audience of Two, Bacivo Nuggets, Bad Luck Rising, Cool Guyot, Dave and Ethan, Do You Like This in Your Face?, Dumpster Tequila, Etc…, Foolhardy Manor, Friends of the Museum, Gentleman Caller, Halfbear, Hopeful Chester, Inside Joke Films, Maybe Sherman, Mrs. Estherhouse, Ninja Sex Party, Nobody’s Token, Party Lights, Pembroke and Lu, Peoples Sketch Association, SidViscous, Sisters!, Slapstick Picnic, Swords, Veal, and Yawn. The competition, running through Saturday, is SketchProv

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($12 ticket, plus two-drink or $12 food min. if you sit at a table): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Margaret Cho, Tom Shillue, Mike Daisey, Jon Friedman, and Rachel Dratch—join brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) in Joe’s Pub to share tales on the theme “Never Again” at the exciting new weekly storytelling event Risk!

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightfully quirky monthly storytelling show in which comics and comedic yarn-spinners are asked to reveal aspects of themselves that are odd and unusual—and that includes such carnival elements as an accordion player, and a challenging trivia contest for someone in the audience to win a bottle of wine. Tonight’s performers are Peter Aguero (Conan O’Brien, Moth GrandSlam, BTK Band), Bruce Cherry (Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Amy Dixon (UCBT), Becky Flaum (UCBT) ,and thoroughly charming and razor-sharp host Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT): Sideshow Goshko

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Jamie Lee, Chris Doucette, Rocco Supreme, Mark Giordano, and Nate Min performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups Eugene Mirman, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, and Matt McCarthy performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live), Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock), John Flynn (Showgirls! Best Movie Ever Made. Ever!), Noah Garfinkel (Totally J/K), Mark Sam Rosenthal (stellar one-man show Blache Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire), and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Sexual Embarrassment:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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