NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 6/19/09

June 19, 2009

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Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford

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] Lennon Parham, one of the most appealing & hilarious comedic actresses you’ll ever see on stage or screen, and who’s about to become a national TV star, tackling eight wildly different characters in her acclaimed one-woman show She Tried to Be Normal (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a celebration of co-host Blaine Perry’s birthday, with red-hot stand-up Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of upcoming Michael Black & Michael Showalter Comedy Central series; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Dan St. Germain (MTV), and Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), plus regulars including Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, VH1), joining in on occasionally uncomfortable comedy hosted by Blaine Perry & Pat Stango: Don’t Touch Me There: Happy Birthday Blaine! (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] the debut of a one-man spoof of guides on how to break into the biz from hilarious improvisor & sketch comic Gil Ozeri, and a fantasy play starring our past Presidents, in Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy and Waiting for Obama (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] two star comics—beloved comedy genius Maria Bamford (The Comedians of Comedy) and respected satirist of the comedy scene Andy Kindler (co-star of The Root of All Evil)—joining forces to perform tonight and Saturday night Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] Curb Your Enthusiasm star Susie Essman performing tonight and Saturday night Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a special all-film edition show, featuring the best comedy shorts made by sharp NYC comics Jon Friedman, Chris O’Connor, Sean Crespo, Kenny Zimlinghaus, Andy Haynes & Scott Moran, King Lou Fernandez, Jason Saenz, Dan Hodapp, Dustin D’Addato, Barry Rothbart, Kevin Tor, Yannis Pappas, and more at this free weekly event in Brooklyn hosted by Nick Turner and Cassidy Henehan: Too Cool for (Film) School (8:00 pm),

sketch troupe Secret Hospital hosting stellar gay comics, including the wonderful Kate McKinnon (cast member of Logo TV’s The Big Gay Sketch Show) and Ben Lerman (hilarious, razor-sharp singer/songwriter; Sirius Radio) on The Same Sextacular (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] NYC stand-up comics Lisa Kaplan, Jason Saft, Scout Durwood, Christian Shrim, 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),

a groundbreaking and surreal improv troupe tackling our new hard times in Centralia: The Really Great Depression (9:30 pm),

a group of superb comics creating sketch comedy as Rogue Elephant (10:30 pm),

sketch troupes Bleak! Comedy and The Jerk Practice competing for audience laugh & votes at Backyard Brawl (11:00 pm),

[$] 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 Garden State (midnight),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1, The New Yorker; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am).

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