NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 6/20/09

June 20, 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] [FREE] a Long Island City party for Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion and superb writer/adventurer) who’s about to embark on a cross-country tour living in her truck for the summer, and who’ll be bid farewell by some of the most brilliant storytellers in NYC: Charlie Sanders, Adam Wade, Ophira Eisenberg, Margot Leitman, Jim O’Grady, and John Flynn, after which there’ll be a fun auction to raise money for the trip, all at Melanie Hamlett’s Going Away Party (6:00 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),

[TOP PICK] Lauren Olson performing a one-woman show about the death of her mom that’s reportedly funny and superb in Our Condolences (7:30 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)—completing their joint run tonight Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[$] Curb Your Enthusiasm star Susie Essman completing her run tonight Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] a gathering of top comedy shows—Big Terrific, Comedy As a Second Language, and Murderfist—running from 8:00 pm through 1:00 am at this one-time free Long Island City extravaganza: LIC Comedy Festival (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),

[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 (9:00 pm),

organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track! (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] inventive & hilarious sketch comedy from The Harvard Sailing Team (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] improvised furious action from world-class troupe Reuben Williams (10:30 pm),

vibrant improv from acclaimed trio Statues of LIberty (10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and a small mob of superb comedic performers join —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).

For your last chance to win free tickets to a star-studded comedy club show on June 24th, please click here.

For full details about tonight’s shows, please visit HyReviews.com.