NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/14/09

May 14, 2009

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Battle of Improv Titans: Death by Roo Roo vs. Reuben Williams

Battle of Improv Titans: Death by Roo Roo vs. Reuben Williams

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] an hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb 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] Adira Amram, Ophira Eisenberg, Tom McCaffrey, Carla Rhodes, Brent Sullivan, and Chris Sifflet 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 Dave Attell, Greg Giraldo, Marina Franklin, Jessica Kirson, Paul Mercurio, and more performing—though not all on the same lineups—at Comedy Cellar (9:00 pm & 11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] DC Pierson (brilliant improvisor, sketch comic, filmmaker, and book author; Derrick, Mystery Team), Christina Andrews, and musical guest Thin Skin Jonny performing at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Margot Leitman’s & Giulia Rozzi’s Stripped Stories (9:30),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] brilliant improvisors making up plays on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard: Improvised Shakespeare (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two of the finest improv troupes ever, Death by Roo Roo and Reuben Williams, in a battle of titans to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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