NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/17/09

March 17, 2009

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Zach Galifianakis

Zach Galifianakis

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:

the perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

comedians getting rid of their stuff by telling tales about the items and then selling to the highest bidder—with tonight’s comics including Jamie Lee, Blaine Perry, Jon Lang, and Lisa Levy—at the way fun Auction! (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Kumail Nanjiani (2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up and Best One-Person Show; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Game Bros. Live!) and F.J. DeSanto (co-producer of the controversial feature film The Spirit) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

three full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring improvisors getting increasingly drunk for St. Patrick’s Day—at O’Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] comedy genius & TV/movie star Zach Galifianakis (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, Adult Swim, Comedians of Comedy), and other stellar comics performing at this spectacular free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] David Wain (MTV’s The State, legendary comedy group Stella), Tom Shillue (Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show), Matt Higgins (Comedy Central, improv troupes Burn Manhattan and Centralia), Jiwon Li (Comedy Central, NBC, AMC, ESPN, Air America, ImaginAsian TV), and more at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] and hilarious star stand-up Judah Friedlander (cast member on smash hit sitcom 30 Rock; Jay Leno, HBO, VH1, MTV), plus Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) and other sharp comics performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Judah Friedlander and More at Eastville (9:00 pm).

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