NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 6/27/09

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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:

[TOP PICK] four world-class storytellers—Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College), Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam Champ, host of Sideshow Goshko), and Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion)—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

hilarious sketch performer Chris O’Connor (member of world-class sketch troupe Fearsome), and stand-ups Rob O’Reilly, Matthew Rittberg, Gabe Pacheco, Gilad Foss, Dan Goodman, and Louis Katz, joining hosts Pat Stango, Blaine Perry, and Sean Donnelly at Lil’ Seany Boy (7:00 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] [$] one of the finest stand-up comics in the country performing a deliciously long set three times tonight: Ted Alexandro Headlining at Gotham (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm),

[$] Lizz Winstead (co-creator of original The Daily Show) and Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of upcoming Michael Black & Michael Showalter Comedy Central series; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel) Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell relating their YouTube-documented romantic adventures live on stage—possibly accompanied by visits from some of the gals—on Double Date Us (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),

[DISCOUNTED] Joe DeRosa (razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Amy Schumer (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), James Smith (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords), and other fine stand-ups performing at the only comedy club in the East Village, the intimate no-cover Eastville (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),

raucous physical sketch comedy in the form of comedic wrestling at the no-holds-barred action of UCBW: Revengeance IV (midnight),

[$] 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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