NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 5/23/09

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Esther Ku

Esther Ku

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] four sharp storytellers—who tonight are Tracy Rowland (consulting TV writer/producer/editor at NBC), Ryan Britt (, Peter Aguero (BTK Band), and Mr. Z (Moth GrandSlam Champion)—trying to mislead the audience at Andy Christie’s The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

NYC stand-ups 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),

[$] comedy club lineups that tonight include brilliant NYC stand-ups Ted Alexandro, Anthony Jeselnik, DC Benny, Greg Giraldo, and More at Comedy Cellar (7:15, 9:15 pm, 11:00 pm, and 12:45 am),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] the final edition of this free comedy show in Queens’ Long Island City, because the brilliant hosts—the three members of star sketch/improv troupe Derrick—are pursuing fame and fortune by moving to LA: This Is New York (8:00 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),

[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),

[DISCOUNTED] your chance to find out if 2008 Last Comic Standing contestant Esther Ku is really as much of a bubblehead as she appeared on TV, plus Comedy Central Presents star Kurt Metzger and other notable stand-ups performing at the Eastville Comedy Club (10:00 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),

TV & movie star Selena Luna featured on this month’s edition of Madame Katie’s House of Ladies (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] The Raspberry Brothers—Jerm Pollet, Johnny McNulty, and Aaron Glaser—making funny remarks about a Hollywood feature film screened in an actual movie theatre, with tonight’s victim being Snakes on a Plane (midnight),

[TOP PICK] and a small mob of superb comedic performers—Livia Scott, Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, Andrea Rosen, John Gemberling, Elephant Larry, Rob Lathan, Adolpho Blaire, and Andree Vermeulen—and show creators Ilana & Eliot Glazer, performing highly unusual acts at High School Talent Show (midnight).

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