NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 5/22/09

May 22, 2009

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Jen Nails

Jen Nails

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] Jen Nails performing a 40-minute one-woman show about an “exuberant sixth-grader” Time Out New York called “explosively funny:” Lylice (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb stand-ups Leighann Lord (HBO, Comedy Central, ABC, Huffington Post), Michelle Buteau (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Jenny Rubin (WE TV, host of The Back Room), and more, plus musical guests Josefin Fundin (Swedish musician featured at Sidewalk Café) and Jamie Scandal (New York Ukulele Cabaret) at Calvin S. Cato’s show for our current economy: Nouveau Poor (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] the wonderful Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy) and “surprise guests” celebrating the three-year anniversary of this popular NYC show hosted by Blaine Perry & Pat Stango: Don’t Touch Me There (7:30 pm),

[$] the revival of a popular comedic play, smartly directed by the wonderful Kimmy Gatewood and with a standout performance from actress Lee Eddy: Kidnapped by Craigslist (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Greg Johnson (The Comedians), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Dustin D’Addato (NBC), and Greg Stone (Comedy Central) at this free weekly show in Brooklyn hosted by Nick Turner: Too Cool for School (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Amy Beckerman (co-host of Dykes on Mics, here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), Robin Cloud (Under the Pink Carpet), Trevor Boris (Logo TV), Selene Luna (VH1’s The Cho Show), 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),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing a one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (11:00 pm),

[FREE] a free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage (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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