NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/5/09

February 5, 2009

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Carolyn Castiglia

Carolyn Castiglia

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

[TOP PICK] the biggest bang for the buck this evening—three hours packed with UCBT solo performers and sketch comedy groups for a mere $5, including brilliantly funny character chameleons Lennon Parham, Kate McKinnon, and Thomas Middleditch—at the annual UCBT’s Winter Showcase (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant stand-up and white rapper Carolyn Castiglia performing a one-woman show that’s likely to be spectacular—please read my interview with Carolyn by clicking here, and then come see the debut of Brown Ambition (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] genius movie & TV star Kristen Schaal (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, correspondent for The Daily Show), genius stand-up comic Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker), stellar writer/performer Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim), and more, plus an after-show birthday celebration for Max, at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

kinetic new sketch troupe The New Deal in A False Sense of Social Security (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy genius Zach Galifianakis, plus Joe Mande, Jacqueline Novak, Amy Miles, and Amy Sohn joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety Shac (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Hot Sauce and Bastian, competing for audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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