NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/16/09

July 16, 2009

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Genius writer/actress/comic Kristen Schaal

Magical star writer/actress/comic Kristen Schaal

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 UCBT debut of a sketch troupe that’ll be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Berty Haddock (6:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a comedic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, and more) as shared by their original authors in the hit storytelling show Mortified (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a much-beloved LES comedy show now enjoying a weekly run at UCBT, with tonight’s guests John Roberts (rock star and YouTube star) and John Flynn (stellar comedic storyteller), plus lots of inventive sketch comedy from two of the sharpest & most respected comics in NYC, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, as the duo hosts their Hot Tub Variety Show (8:00 pm),

sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] world-class stand-up Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), plus terrific stand-ups Michael Somerville, Jena Friedman, Matt Baetz, and Reese Waters, at the 92YTribeca comedy showcase Comedy Below Canal (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Mike Drucker (Comedy Central; freelance writer for SNL, The Onion, McSweeney’s) and Katy Chevigny (Emmy-nominated TV & film producer) tell sexual tales revolving around tonight’s theme “Mood Killers,” accompanied by musical guest Shawn Hollenbach (Here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics, The Back Room), 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 Rogue Elephant, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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