NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/21/09

March 21, 2009

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Sara Benincasa tonight presents her favorite short & curlies

Sara Benincasa debuts a show featuring her favorite short and/or curly-haired comics

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 Joe DeRosa (Comedy Central Presents, HBO), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show, VH1, MTV), Jacqueline Novak (President Johnson, Comedy Central Live Tour), Mark Normand (We’re All Friends Here), and more 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),

[$] [DISCOUNTED] lovely & witty Cathleen Carr & Daiva Deupree turning life’s darkness into comedy as Two Girls for Five Bucks (8:00 pm),

[$] a sharp, likeable comedy star who hosted a political comedy show on CNN, starred in an ABC/UPN sitcom, and was one of the Original Kings of Comedy, headlining at Carolines through Sunday: D.L. Hughley (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 & 11:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Sara Benincasa hosting a show of gals who are diminutive and/or have memorable hair—including brilliant singer/songwriter Adira Amram, 2009 ECNY Award winner Diana Saez, Liz Miele, Rachael Parenta, Maria Shehata, and Eliza Faria-Santos—at Short & Curlies (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),

physical sketch comedy in the form of comedic wrestling at the raucous WrestleSlamMania IV (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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