NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/7/09

March 7, 2009

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Mary Theresa Archbold of sketch troupe Drop Six

Mary Theresa Archbold of sketch troupe Drop Six

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:

[TOP PICK] four sharp storytellers—tonight consisting of Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Zero Boy (MTV), Dina Pearlman (Sex & The City, Comedy Central), and Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion)—trying to mislead the audience at Andy Christie’s The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

a bona fide pre-wedding celebration, with you invited, and stellar comedy guests Carolyn Castiglia, Katina Corrao, J-L Cauvin, Jiwon Li, Nick Cobb, Elon James White, and Dave Lester at Abbi Crutchfield’s Bachelorette Roast (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a world-class sketch troupe specializing in physical comedy and music: Drop Six (7:00 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),

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),

comics experiencing the rush of performing with no clothes on in The Naked Comedy Showcase (8:00 pm),

sharp NYC comics at a free stand-up comedy show hosted by star sketch/improv troupe Derrick 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 UCBT improv competition record for winning streaks with 17 triumphs in a row, and recently delivered a magnificent performance to capture the 2009 Cage Match Championship—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] a monthly party celebrating Gossip Girl, the TV teen drama sensation of the year, hosted by Sara Benincasa (MTV, Family Hour, star Sarah Palin impersonator), and including a small mob of NYC comics, Emmy-winning writers, and other very smart fans having enthusiastic fun at the Gossip Girl Summit (9:30),

[$] hilarious star stand-up Judah Friedlander (cast member on smash hit sitcom 30 Rock; Jay Leno, HBO, VH1, MTV) and other sharp comics performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Judah Friedlander and More at Eastville (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from 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),

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),

[$] and a provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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