NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/7/09

May 7, 2009

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Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate

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] the debut of a one-woman show from Jenny Slate (one of the most unique and intriguing comics in NYC, who co-hosts acclaimed weekly comedy show Big Terrific), plus an SF-themed show from sketch comedy duo BriTANicK, in Dead Millionaire and The Infinity Prison (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant improvisors Tara Copeland and James Eason leading a semi-revival of legendary troupe Mother in this new Magnet show: Sleepover (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Dave Hill (brilliant alt comic; HBO, VH1, Spike TV, The New York Times), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Chappelle’s Show, VH1), Taylor Williamson (Craig Ferguson, VH1, Lifetime), Katina Corrao (VH1’s Best Week Ever, HBO, Comedy Central), and more at a free weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

[$] star comics Ted Alexandro, Anthony Jeselnik, Greg Giraldo, Jessica Kirson, Paul Mercutio, and more performing—though not all on the same lineups—at Comedy Cellar (9:00 pm & 11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] red-hot comics Kumail Nanjiani (Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report) and Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, The Matt and Katina Show, Verizon FIOS Guy) joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of Variety SHAC (9:30 pm),

[$] 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, tonight headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm),

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

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