NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/10/09

January 10, 2009

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Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

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

[TOP PICK] a musical made up on the spot from magical Chicago improv group Baby Wants Candy (2:00 pm and 10:00 pm),

Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell relating their YouTube-documented romantic adventures live on stage—possibly accompanied by visits from some of the gals—on Double Date Us (7:00 pm),

an exciting new NYC show developed at Chicago’s legendary iO theatre in which veteran improvisors create a play on the spot based on audience suggestions: New Play (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show who joyously declare Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the funniest stand-ups alive, and a TV & movie celebrity who stars in MTV’s hit sketch comedy show Human Giant and will soon be co-starring in NBC’s sitcom spinoff of The Office, performing a deliciously long, fluid set in his trademark down-to-earth style headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Aziz Ansari (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

sharp NYC comics at a free stand-up comedy show hosted by star sketch/improv troupe Derrick in Queens’ Long Island City: This Is New York (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of my all-time favorite improv troupes—which in 2008 broke the Cage Match record for winning streaks with 18 triumphs in a row, and has now taken over UCBT’s prestigious prime-time Saturday night slot—the brilliant and daring members of Death by Roo Roo (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised TV shows about audience members via world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and three of the finest improv trios in the country—C, C + C Improv Factory, Hot Sauce, and Outlook of the Poet—each performing stellar long-form improv at tonight’s Saturday Night Slumber Party (midnight).

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