NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/6/09

August 6, 2009

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"Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman headlines tonight at Carolines

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Susie Essman headlines tonight at Carolines

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Two of the sharpest & most respected comics in NYC, Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler, honing a show they’ll be performing next week at the Edinburgh Festival: Double Down Hearts

[$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining at Carolines: Susie Essman

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

8:00 pm ($8): Clever wordplay, conceptual comedy, and relentless silliness—applied to a parody of the already-goofy film Con Air—from sketch troupe Elephant Larry (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Stand-up Jodi Wasserman (Comedy Central), sketch comic Matt Higgins (Centralia), John Gemberling (world-class improv troupe Death By Roo Roo), and Will Hines (ace improv troupe The Stepfathers) joining the four hard-to-resist members of a hilarious comedy group—musical host Shonali Bhowmik, and superbly quirky stand-ups Heather Lawless, Chelsea Peretti, and Andrea Rosen—in Variety SHAC

[$] 9:30 pm ($20 & 2-item min.) The Raspberry Brothers—Jerm Pollet, Shane Breaux, and Scott Rogowsky—making funny remarks about a teen martial arts classic at the Comix Comedy Club: The Karate Kid

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, Death by Roo Roo and Iron Ruckus, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match

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