NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/30/09

January 30, 2009

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Leslie Goshko

Leslie Goshko

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

five stand-up comics, including hosts Mike Drucker and John Knefel, each explaining why he’s an atheist while making you laugh at (D)evangelical Comedy (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus sharp sketch comedy duo Greg & Lou debuting a show about an art heist, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Grand Theft Auto…Oh (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a comedy star (NBC’s Ed, MTV’s The State) headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Michael Ian Black (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

acclaimed theatre writers gather to create 10-minute odes to a pop star—who tonight is Phil Collins—in the new show The Downtown Superstar Ten Minute Hour (8:00 pm),

stand-up comedy at a gay-themed 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] a blow-out line-up—including Jessica Delfino (brilliant comedic singer/songwriter and YouTube star), Sara Benincasa (breakout star of the Sarah Palin vlogs; MTV, CNN, host of Family Hour), Adam Wade (world-class storyteller and Moth GrandSlam Champion), Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Dan Allen (Comedy Central), and David Cope (Sweet Haven)—for the debut of a show hosted by Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion) for which stellar comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves in a carnival atmosphere (complete with accordion player and alcoholic audience prizes): Sideshow Goshko (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the sharpest and funniest comics in New York—Dave Hill, Curtis Gwinn, Chris Gethard, Anthony Atamanuik, Joe Mande, Noah Garfinkel, Donald Glover, and Matt Chipman—tell personal stories about a delicate subject: The Shits of Our Lives (11:00 pm),

odd and unsettling dark comedy from sketch troupe Murderfist (11:00 pm),

five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus (11:30 pm),

and a free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans at Jammin’ with Ralph (11:00 pm).

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