NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/28/09

May 28, 2009

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Doug Benson

Doug Benson

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:

a simulated book club discussion of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons—mixed with improvised scenes and audience participation!—at The Bibliophiles Appreciation Consortium (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus a summer musical comedy written and co-starring Leslie Korein & Marcy Jarreau, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Girl Camp (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Doug Benson (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),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Adira Amram (brilliantly funny, sexy, rising star writer/singer), Timmy Williams (member of star sketch troupe & IFC TV show Whitest Kids U’ Know), Adam Newman (CMT’s Prankville’d, VH1’s Best Week Ever blog, co-host of Street Meat), Robin Gelfenbein (funny, charming singer/songwriter; former writer for Rosie O’Donnell), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo Network, here! TV, Sirius OutQ), and Sue Funke (VH1, performing at a weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30ish pm),

[$] Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo playing book authors offering sage advice to Jewish singles—with tonight’s interview guest Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon)— at Ronna & Beverly’s All Jew Revue (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics God’s Pottery, Baron Vaughn, Thomas Middleditch, and more at a show where a very popular comedy site’s talents come out from behind the Net:, Live on Stage (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 Robber Baron, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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