NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/24/09

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Demetri Martin

Demetri Martin

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

[TOP PICK] razor-sharp improvisors making up plays on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (5:00 pm and 10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] four sharp storytellers—tonight including hilarious Margo Leitman (Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories) and Rob Gorden (Spike TV)—trying to mislead the audience at Andy Christie’s The Liar Show (6:00 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),

sharp NYC stand-ups at a free 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] stellar comics Demetri Martin (star of new Comedy Central show Important Things), Andres du Bouchet (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, FOX), Michelle Buteau (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Dan Allen (Comedy Central), and folk rock band Brazz Tree—plus free beer!—at Tom Shillue’s acclaimed Moonwork (9:00 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 furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

a star sketch comedy group—with a popular TV series on IFC—performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: The Whitest Kids U’ Know (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 and, tonight, an open bar!—at The Complete Performer (10:30 pm),

and a dozen NYC comedic performers, including Mindy Raf, Carolyn Castiglia, Rob Lathan, Shawn Hollenbach, and show creators Ilana & Eliot Glazer performing highly unusual acts at High School Talent Show (midnight).

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