Watching election returns with comedians

I am otherwise occupied this Election Day, so I won’t be attending an election-related comedy show, or perhaps even seeing it on TV, and maybe not even monitoring any liveblogs. But that doesn’t mean you cannot have fun (or hide out) tonight as the vote totals start coming in…

In New York City, the top four options for live viewing and comedy, are:
1) The Onion’s free party (with drinks?!) at Fontana’s, from 7-10 p.m. Eastern, with comedy from Todd Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Kurt & Krsten and Pangea 3000. But you had to be 21 and older, and RSVP in advance at with "Election Night RSVP" in the subject header. And since everyone knew about this since the most recent edition of the paper came out last week, you’re probably out of luck if you’re not already on the list. So, moving on…
2) Seth Herzog’s show, Sweet, not only coincides with Election Day but also his birthday. And he’ll be celebrating along with Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, James Adomian, Seth’s mom, and perhaps a surprise guest or two. $5 doors at 8:30 p.m. at The Slipper Room.
3) The PIT offers Political Science Theatre 3000, free starting at 7 p.m. with running commentary from comedians including Kevin Allison (The State), Kevin Scott (Centralia, Burn Manhattan), Leslie Collins (VH1’s Best Night Ever), and so many more. 

4) If you miss Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, or want to know what inspired that chat show, then head to the Olive Tree Cafe above the Comedy Cellar, where Quinn and the Cellar’s comedians will provide live commentary on the election results. They’ll also have a live video stream! Scheduled comics tonight at the Cellar include Nick DiPaolo (for the GOP), Keith Robinson, Ben Bailey, Robert Kelly, Sherrod Small, Eddie Ifft and Dave Attell, among others, plus a magical TBA comic. Hmmm.

Speaking of Comedy Central, they’ll provide a live hour of election coverage at 10 p.m. Eastern with both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

And Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 team will include liveblogging from Patton Oswalt, David Alan Grier, Baratunde Thurston and others throughout the day and night, but really gearing up at 7 p.m. Eastern/4 p.m. Pacific.

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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