NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/14/09

March 14, 2009

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World-class musical improv troupe Baby Wants Candy

World-class musical improv troupe Baby Wants Candy

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

[TOP PICK] superb stand-ups Kumail Nanjiani (red-hot rising stand-up star; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, 2009 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central, VH1, Tell Your Friends), Pat Stango (Don’t Touch Me There), Rich Duncan (co-author of upcoming book The Werewolf’s Guide to Life), and Ali Wong (The Onion) at Sean Donnelly’s Lil Seany Boy (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),

[$] a frequent comedic commentator on Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever headlining at Comix: Christian Finnegan (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] comedy club lineups that tonight include one of the most brilliant & hilarious rising stars in New York: Anthony Jeselnik and More at Comedy Cellar (8:00 pm & 9:45 pm),

Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell relating their YouTube-documented romantic adventures live on stage—possibly accompanied by visits from some of the gals—on Double Date Us (8:00 pm),

[FREE] 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] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] a musical made up on the spot from magical Chicago improv group Baby Wants Candy (10:30 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),

[TOP PICK] and razor-sharp UCBT star troupe Hot Sauce hosting a show made special by knowing no boundaries: The Dirtiest Sketch in NYC Contest (midnight).

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