NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 7/18/09

July 18, 2009

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Jeff Seal clowning around

Jeff Seal clowning around

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:

sharp NYC comics 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] Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of Whiplash), Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Hari Kondabolu (Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), Adam Newman (VH1, CMT, Uber Luber Death Metal), and Chelsea White performing at a show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff (8:00ish 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),

[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] a small mob of superb comics—tonight including Glennis McMurray (I Eat Pandas, Conan O’Brien, Gem!), Mindy Raf (brilliantly funny and sexy writer/singer; VH1’s Best Week Ever,, Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1, Adult Swim), Jeff Seal (David Letterman, Bindlestiff Family Circus)—pretending to be in a High School Talent Show (midnight),

[$] and a stand-up star on two seasons of Last Comic Standing and on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and currently on the Opie & Anthony radio show: Rich Vos Headlining at Carolines (12:30 am).

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