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).

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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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/18/09

June 18, 2009

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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).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/17/09

June 17, 2009

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The Best of the Sci-Fi Screening Room
The Best of the Sci-Fi Screening Room

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] legendary Saturday Night Live writer Tom Davis, Doug Gillard (guitarist for Guided by Voices), and singer Lena Potapova at a live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay (6:00 pm),

[FREE] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] a spectacular 2-hour “best of” collection of oddball film clips featuring super-heroes, robots, bigfoot, SF musicals, and more at The Best of the Sci-Fi Screening Room (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comedic storytellers Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Robin Gelfenbien (VH1, 2008 FringeNYC show My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), and H. Alan Scott (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics, Sirius XM Radio)—plus live accordion music by Michelle Leona, and a quiz for a free bottle of wine—at a show hosted by the razor-sharp and immensely talented Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves: Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus a one-woman comedic play performed and co-written by Jill Donnelly, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Weird Birds (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Mike Birbiglia (one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; three Comedy Central specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me), Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), and more at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, HBO, VH1, MOJO TV’s King of Miami, The Dave Hill Explosion), Jena Friedman (host of Entertaining the Bartender), Dan Hirshon, Adrienne Iapalucci, Tracy Marhal, Chris Doucette, and Tom Ragú at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Jessica Delfino (brilliantly funny, raunchy writer/singer), Ali Wong (hilarious stand-up dynamo; The Onion), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Lisa Delarios, Charlie Gaeta, and Neil Charles at a free weekly stand-up comedy show tonight hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stand-ups and comedic storytellers Rob Gorden, Sean O’Connor, Sara Jo Allocco, Daniel Mahoney, and Trevor Williams telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in Ilana & Eliot Glazer’s New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from a genius comedy duo, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 6/16/09

June 16, 2009

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Mike Birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia

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 perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Broadway Motel (6:00 pm),

comedians getting rid of their stuff by telling tales about the items and then selling to the highest bidder at the way fun Auction! (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Pat Cashin (former circus clown who created comic Ringling Bros.) and Vito Delsante & Andrés Vera Martinez (graphic novel Before They Were Famous: Babe Ruth) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club (8:00 pm),

four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Bastian, The Scam, Ragnaröck, and Scootch—followed by high-level UCBT students improvising the end of the world, all at Harold Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Mike Birbiglia (one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; three Comedy Central specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me), Andy Blitz (comedy genius; writer & performer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien since 1999), and Bryan Tucker (writer for Saturday Night Live, Chappelle’s Show, Mad TV, The Chris Rock Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn) performing at this free show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life (8:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] Mike Birbiglia (racing over from Punch Up Your Life above, in preparation for an upcoming national tour; again, one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; three Comedy Central specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me), Rob Lathan (goofy comedic character actor who’s performed sketches on Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1, Adult Swim), Jesse Popp (Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), Josh Charles (Drama Desk-winning actor; HBO’s In Treatment, ABC’s Sports Night; movies including Hairspray, Dead Poets Society, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, S.W.A.T., and Four Brothers), and more performing at the wonderful Seth Herzog’s Sweet (9:00 pm),

and a popular six-time Drag Queen of the Year award-winner (via HX Magazine) struts her stuff tonight in Hedda Lettuce (9:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 6/15/09

June 15, 2009

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Brett Gelman
Brett Gelman

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 perfect show for short attention spans, open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—tonight including Emily Epstein, Chelsea White, Kara Buller, Sue Funke, RG Daniels, Luke Cunningham, Mark Normand, Mike Lawrence, Matteson Perry, Aalap Patel, Blaine Perry, Sean Donnelly, and John Morrison—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel (6:30 pm & 9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, HBO, VH1, MOJO TV’s King of Miami, The Dave Hill Explosion), Ali Waller (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Rob Paravonian (Comedy Central, VH1, YouTube star), Carla Rhodes (rock ‘n roll ventriloquist), Sean Crespo (Comedy Central, Shoot the Messenger, host of Drink at Work), and musical guest Patrick Salt Ryan at Tell Your Friends (8:00ish pm),

fresh sketch comedy from UCBT house groups Gramp’s and Thunder Gulch at Maude Night (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free weekly show featuring some of the best stand-up comics in the country—who tonight include Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric Company; Jimmy Fallon), Rob Huebel (co-star of Human Giant; VH1’s Best Week Ever, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Arrested Development), Brett Gelman (fearless and always inventive comedic chameleon; Little Bit of Luck guy in NY Lottery ads; Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, ace improv troupe Death by Roo Roo, sketch duo Cracked Out), Bryan Tucker (writer for Saturday Night Live, Chappelle’s Show, Mad TV, The Chris Rock Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), and Brooke Van Poppelen (Maxim Radio, Cosmo Radio, Chicago Public Radio; half of sketch duo Macho!)—hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 6/14/09

June 14, 2009

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Mike Birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia

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] UCBT’s playground for celebrities and ace improvisors, ASSSSCAT 3000 (paid show at 7:30 pm, free show at 9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] comedy giants Mike Birbiglia (three Comedy Central specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me), Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, host of top comedy show Whiplash), and Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, The Awkward Kings of Comedy) joining fellow comedy giant Eugene Mirman (winner of the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Host) for his weekly shindig at Brooklyn’s Union Hall: Tearing the Veil of Maya (7:30ish pm),

Roger Hailes, Jesse Pop, and other superb stand-ups at a free weekly LES show hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a stand-up comedy superstar concluding his NYC run tonight: Dave Attell: Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm),

[$] 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 (8:30 pm & 10:00 pm),

[FREE] Jamie Kilstein, Hari Kondabolu, Zach Sims, Jermaine Fowler, Azmar Usman, and more at RG Daniels’ free Sunday Night Stand-Up (8:00 pm),

[FREE] sharp NYC stand-ups at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free show Beauty Bar Comedy (9:00 pm),

[FREE] and an all-gal lineup of terrific stand-ups—Claudia Cogan, Robin Fox, and Chantal Carrere—at a free gay-themed show hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour (10:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 6/13/09

June 13, 2009

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World-class troupe Fearsome closes out this final day of the wonderful SketchFest NYC 09
World-class troupe Fearsome closes out this final day of the wonderful SketchFest NYC 09

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] one of the finest sketch comedy festivals in the country, which began on Thursday and concludes today with over 10 hours of shows, featuring such wonderful world-class comedy groups as The Story Pirates, Steve and Jordan, Summer of Tears, Elephant Larry, and Fearsome, plus an in-depth interview with The Kids in the Hall star Kevin McDonald, and a beloved party-like show titled the Closing Night Craptacular—at the final day of the not-to-be-missed SketchFest NYC 09 (shows running from noon till around 2:00 am),

[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] [$] a stand-up comedy superstar, performing in NYC tonight through Sunday:
Dave Attell: Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a TV and movie comedy star who frequently appears on HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime,and is a hilarious comedy club veteran: Patrice Oneal: Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a one-woman show from stellar comedic storyteller & actress Sara Benincasa: AGORAFABULOUS (8:00 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),

[$] 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 6/12/09

June 12, 2009

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Kevin McDonald performs a one-man show about his days with The Kids in The Hall, as part of this weekend's spectacular SketchFest NYC 09
Kevin McDonald performs a one-man show about his days with The Kids in The Hall as part of this weekend’s spectacular SketchFest NYC 09

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] one of the finest sketch comedy festivals in the country, which began on Thursday and will be running through Saturday—and tonight features such wonderful comedy groups as The Harvard Sailing Team, The 3rd Floor, and Pangea 3000; plus a one-man show from The Kids in the Hall star Kevin McDonald, and a collection of failed sketches for a special edition of The Rejection Show—at the second evening of the not-to-be-missed SketchFest NYC 09 (7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm, and midnight),

[TOP PICK] [$] a stand-up comedy superstar, performing in NYC tonight through Sunday: Dave Attell: Headlining at Carolines (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a TV and movie comedy star who frequently appears on HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime, and is a hilarious comedy club veteran: Patrice Oneal: Headlining at Comix (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

NYC stand-up comics at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

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

[$] 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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/11/09

June 11, 2009

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The Apple Sisters, one of over two dozen sketch comedy troupes at this year's spectacular SketchFest NYC
The Apple Sisters, one of over two dozen sketch comedy troupes at this year’s spectacular SketchFest NYC

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] one of the finest sketch comedy festivals in the country, which will be running through Saturday—and tonight features such thoroughly wonderful comics as movie/TV star & comedy genius Kristen Schaal, the musical & irresistible Apple Sisters, hilarious trio A Week of Kindness, always-inventive troupe Olde English, and much more—at the first evening of the not-to-be-missed SketchFest NYC 09 (7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm, and midnight),

[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),

[TOP PICK] Adira Amram (brilliantly funny, sexy, rising star writer/singer) tonight guest-hosts Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Jessica Delfino (immensely talented comic and raunchy singer/songwriter), Mike Drucker (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live), and other razor-sharp comics at a weekly variety show in the East Village: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30ish pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar stand-ups Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim, co-author of book Holy Headshot!), DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Sean Patton (VH1), Michelle Buteau (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), and more at the 92YTribeca comedy showcase Comedy Below Canal (9:00 pm),

[$] 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, tonight headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm).

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