NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/21/09

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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] 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] Adira Amram (brilliantly funny, sexy, rising star writer/singer), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Jackie Monahan (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics; co-host of Dykes on Mics), Val Kappa (Comedy Central, Adult Swim), Charlie Kasov (FOX), and Nick Vatterott (Chicago Hilarity) performing at a weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] movie and TV superstar Janeane Garofalo hosting a comedy show with guests Jon Glaser, Lee Camp, Paul Dinello, Jamie Kilstein, and more at Comedy Below Canal: Janeane Garofalo and Friends (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Dave Hill demonstrating he’s one of the sharpest, freshest, funniest comics around—accompanied this evening by guests Ira Glass (host of This American Life) and Brooklyn music band Takka Takka—at The Dave Hill Explosion (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 Penthouse Riot, in a battle of titans to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

For full details, please visit

For photo & video mini-profile of Jenny Slate, please click here.

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