NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 5/8/09

May 8, 2009

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Kimmy Gatewood

Kimmy Gatewood

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 revival of an acclaimed comedic play, directed by the super-talented Kimmy Gatewood, about an Internet phenomenon: Kidnapped by Craigslist (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a famously sarcastic and quick-witted TV comedy star who’s also a superb stand-up, delivering a deliciously long set tonight through Sunday: Norm MacDonald Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-up comics RG Daniels, C.H.R.I.S. the Robot (Brad Steuernagel), Giulia Rozzi, Pat Stango, Jesse Popp, and Matt Maragno celebrating Nick Turner’s 29th birthday at this free weekly show in Brooklyn hosted by Cassidy Henehan and Nick: Too Cool for School (8:00 pm),

stand-up comics David Hodorowski, Garry Hannon, Scott Ryan, and more at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

clever, inventive sketch from two talented groups on a comedy double-bill: Chocolate Cake City and The Chris and Paul Show (9:30),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] genius stand-up Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker), popular sketch/improv comedy group Audience of Two, and more joining ace sketch troupe Olde English to perform all-new material for a show that’s Very Fresh (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am),

[$] 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: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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