NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 6/26/09

June 26, 2009

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Ted Alexandro
Ted Alexandro

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:

the comedy group that created the classic “Fart Spelling Bee” sketch tries out new material: Pangea 3000 (7:00 pm),

sharp stand-ups Taylor Williamson (extremely likeable zen-like comic; CBS’ Craig Ferguson), Joe Dixon, Paul Goncalves, Gilad Foss, Mo Diggs, and more at Calvin S. Cato’s show for our current economy: Nouveau Poor (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a one-man spoof of guides on how to break into the biz from hilarious improvisor & sketch comic Gil Ozeri, and an imagining by comedy jewel Jenny Slate of what her funeral would be like if she was rich and left all the money to her dog, in Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy and Dead Millionaire (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the finest stand-up comics in the country performing tonight through Sunday: Ted Alexandro Headlining at Gotham (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] two superb stand-ups—Lizz Winstead (co-creator of original The Daily Show; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, HBO, MSNBC, Shoot the Messenger) and 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)—joining forces to perform tonight and Saturday night Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

NYC stand-up comics Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, here! TV), Lisa Kaplan (Lesbians of Laughter Tour), Mike Singer (here! TV), 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),

[TOP PICK] gay comics Frank DeCaro, Robin Cloud, and Tara Clancy telling personal & funny “coming out” tales at Closet Cases (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 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 Top Gun (midnight),

[FREE] a free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans at Jammin’ with Ralph (12:20ish am).

[$] and 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, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (12:30 am).

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