NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/18/09

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Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler
Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler

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 long-running and beloved LES comedy show enjoying a rebirth at UCBT—with stellar guests Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya), Jon Benjamin (FOX, Adult Swim, Comedy Central, MTV’s Human Giant), and Gabe & Jenny (hosts of superb Brooklyn comedy show Big Terrific)—hosted by two of the sharpest & most respected comics in NYC, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler: Hot Tub Variety Show (8:00 pm),

[$] a Curb Your Enthusiasm star headlining through Saturday at Carolines: Susie Essman (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),

typically superb stand-up comics, and a musical guest, 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),

[FREE] sketch troupes The Chris and Paul Show and Geek Dreams at the new free show Sketch Block (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] two of the most beloved and hilarious female comics alive, Janeane Garofalo and Maria Bamford, performing stand-up; and if that’s not enough, they’ll be joined by Paul F. Tompkins (host of VH1’s Best Week Ever) and stellar improv/character comic Thomas Middleditch, plus musical guest Mike Doughty, all at the 92YTribeca comedy showcase Comedy Below Canal (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Charlie Sanders (genius storyteller who grew up in Minnesota as a secret Muslim) and H. Alan Scott (who grew up Mormon and gay) tell sexual tales on tonight’s theme “Oh My God,” accompanied by musical guest Ninja Sex Party, at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Margot Leitman’s & Giulia Rozzi’s Stripped Stories (9:30),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Death by Roo Roo and Thank You Robot, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

For a chance to win free tickets to a star-studded comedy club show, please click here.

For full details about tonight’s shows, please visit

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