NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/18/08

November 18, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours, who tonight include Vicky Kuperman, Margie Kment, Doug Adler, Gilad Foss, Sarah Fearon, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

a blowout fundraiser featuring some of the most talented and hilarious female comics in NYC—Livia Scott, Shayna Ferm, Carolyn Castiglia, Becky Donohue, Desiree Burch, Ophira Eisenberg, and Helen Hong—at a 3-hour bash of Empowerment, Pampering, and Great Entertainment (7:00 pm),

16 NYC stand-ups—including Taylor Williamson (Late Late Show), Josh Homer (Comedy Central), Andy Pitz (David Letterman), Julian McCullough (2008 NYCF Champion), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), and Mike Drucker (The Onion)—competing for audience laughs and votes at Eric I’s Comedy Showdown (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), rising star Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central), Big Jay Oakerson (HBO, Comedy Central , Showtime, MTV), Joselyn Hughes (Macho!), Sean Patton (Just for Laughs Festival), and Cassidy Henehan in the debut of VH1’s biweekly live comedy show VH to the One Comedy Showcase (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] comics journalist Brian Heater (The Daily Cross Hatch), and comics creators Tom Hart, Sarah Glidden, and John Kerschbaum, joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about comic books at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes DeCoster, Ragnaröck, Bangs, Bastian, and The Law Firm—at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), and Max Silvestri (VH1) at one of the finest and funniest shows in NYC, the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and sharp stand-ups Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion), Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Chappelle’s Show), Jared Logan (Chicago Comedy Awards), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), plus Team Submarine (hilarious sketch comedy duo) at Sweet Haven (9:00ish pm).

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