NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/21/08

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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:

improvisors dressed in odd costumes and spontaneously interacting in Character Dogville (7:00 pm),

fine stand-up guests Christian Finnegan (Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Norman, and Harry Terjanian, and regulars including Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1), at a show of occasionally uncomfortable comedy hosted by Blaine Perry & Pat Stango: Don’t Touch Me There (7:30ish pm),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus comedic actress Sue Galloway performing a one-woman sketch show, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Homebody (8:00 pm),

Kevin Allison (member of legendary sketch troup The State) in a new one-man show: F*** Up (8:00 pm)

a gay-themed stand-up comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant & sexy comics Erin & Her Cello (stellar musician & delightful singer/songwriter), Sara Schaefer (VH1, E!, UCBT), and Kurt Braunohler (master sketch comedy perfomer), plus Phil Yanos (guitarist for Dangaru) at a show mixing comedy and music: Tim Ellis’ & Matthew Park’s Of the Moment (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar stand-ups Demetri Martin (The Daily Show, star of upcoming Important Things), Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, VH1), and Julia Segal, plus ace sketch troupe & host Olde English, performing all-new material for a show that’s Very Fresh (11:00 pm),

and a free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage (12:20ish am).

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