NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/19/09

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Magical sketch duo Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Magical sketch comedy duo Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:

hilarious sketch comedy performer Kate McKinnon (cast member of Logo TV’s The Big Gay Sketch Show) and Ryan Karels (improv troupes Krompf and Decoster) each try out new solo shows on this double-bill of The Workout (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] lightning-fast & hilarious stand-up Pete Holmes, sexy & brilliant singer/songwriter Adira Amram, razor-sharp stand-ups Joselyn Hughes, Brooke Van Poppelen, and Giulia Rozzi, darkly odd sketch troupe Murderfist, and videos from Rob Lathan and BOF, all competing to be voted the best at this ECNY Nominee Showcase (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar headlining at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] rising star stand-ups competing to be accepted in a prestigious Montreal festival: Just for Laughs Showcase (8:00 pm),

Dominic Dierkes (member of star comedy troupe Derrick) performing an inventive & fun one-man sketch show, and sharp sketch comedy duo Greg & Lou in a show about an art heist, in the double-bill Adventure River and Grand Theft Auto…Oh (8:00 pm),

top NYC comics at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] stand-up giants Zach Galifianakis, Pete Holmes, Bobby Tisdale, Andrea Rosen, and Shane Mauss in Comedy Below Canal (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] three of the best sketch troupes in the country—magical duo Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) & Kurt Braunohler (Penelope, Princess of Pets; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Director); deliciously dark sketch duo Livia Scott & Biz Ellis as Dirty Jeans & Thunder Chief; and wonderfully inventive & hilarious sketch troupe Fearsome—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in the wonderful sketch revue A-Side/B-Side (9:30 pm),

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

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