NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/17/09

January 17, 2009

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Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis


Hamilton & Burr

Code Duello: Hamilton & Burr

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 Matt Tucker and Neil Reynolds, 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),

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] two comedy legends at a probably overpriced but potentially memorable evening at Town Hall: Richard Lewis and Richard Belzer—One Night Only (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),

[TOP PICK] brilliant & lightning-quick stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1) hosting guests including Jackie Kashian (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Sean Patton (VH1) and Diana Saez (The Sarah Palin Vlogs) at this free monthly show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] superb NYC comics Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show), Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1), Hannibal Buress (Comedy Central), Sam Grittner, and Dan Wilbur at a free stand-up comedy show guest-hosted tonight by the hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel 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 17 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—complete with audience rides home—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and exceptionally sharp comics Kumail Nanjiani (Comedy Central) and Thomas Middleditch (genius improv troupe Baby Wants Candy) proving themselves to also be nerds by hosting this fun show about the video game industry, accompanied by tonight’s star guests Sam Brown and Timmy Williams of The Whitest Kids ‘U Know: Game Bros. Live! (midnight).

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