NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 5/9/09

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The First Annual Paintball Punishment Stand-Up Challenge

The First Annual Paintball Punishment Stand-Up Challenge

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),

NYC stand-ups Joselyn Hughes, Dan Mahoney, Mike Weingartner, George Gordon, Rob O’Reilly, 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 joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball (7:30 pm),

Roman Rimer telling the true story of transitioning from gal to guy in this new one-person show: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trannies * But Were Afraid to Ask (7:30 pm),

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

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smartty directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (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 this year delivered a magnificent performance to capture the 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] 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),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] what promises to be a very funny and somewhat scary event—top improvisors, including brilliant UCBT Artistic Director Anthony King, being challenged to tell jokes made up the spot and, if they fail to entertain, being savagely pummeled with paintballs at my top pick for tonight, The First Annual Paintball Punishment Stand-Up Challenge (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: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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