NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/16/09

January 16, 2009

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Eugene Mirman

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

[TOP PICK] two of the country’s finest improvisors, Boston-based Neil Reynolds and Matt Tucker, performing an exceptionally imaginative, silly, and entertaining show based around the historic duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in a rare NYC presentation of Code Duello: Hamilton & Burr (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing this extraordinary one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a shrewd and silly comedy giant with a unique voice—and who’s been a pioneer of NYC alternative comedy—performing a deliciously long set headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Eugene Mirman (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

an improv troupe with a theatrical approach: Stray (8:30 pm),

stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Adam Lehman, Mike Singer, and Cara Kilduff and more at a gay-themed 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),

a groundbreaking and surreal improv troupe tackling our new hard times in Centralia: The Really Great Depression (9:30 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] TV & movie star Michael Showalter (MTV’s The State, comedy group Stella, Wet Hot American Summer), Hannibal Buress (Comedy Central), and Becky Ciletti joining ace sketch troupe and host Olde English performing all-new material for a show that’s Very Fresh (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am).

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