NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 8/13/09

August 13, 2009

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Matt Besser, co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, performs tonight at a hilarious rock star impersonation show and this weekend at the Del Close Improv Marathon

Matt Besser, co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, performs tonight at a hilarious rock star impersonation show and this weekend at the Del Close Improv Marathon

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): The wonderful Matt Besser, who’s a founding member of the world-renowned and enormously influential Upright Citizens Brigade, and equally brilliant improvisor Horatio Sanz (SNL, ABC), return to UCBT this week to host top comics living out their roadie fantasies by impersonating favorite musicians and performing their songs at The Greatest Concert Ever

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12): The gold standard for musical improv troupes, visiting NYC both this weekend for the Del Close Marathon and next week for FringeNYC, Chicago’s spectacular Baby Wants Candy

[$] 8:00 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A unique comedy star headlining at Carolines for one night only: Gilbert Gottfried

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] 9:00 pm ($10): The reunion of a legendary improv troupe acclaimed for its uniformly brilliant members’ lightning-quick verbal reflexes and wit: The Swarm

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12): One of the very finest troupes in improv history, visiting NYC for just this week, Chicago’s awesomely inventive and hilarious Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy legend Matt Walsh, a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, hosts this sketch comedy show that runs regularly late at night in the UCB theatre at LA. Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience some of the best young UCBT talent on the West Coast at The Midnight Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: A free opportunity for you to perform improv with UCBT veterans—tonight probably including improv stars in town for this weekend’s Del Close Marathon—at Jammin’ with Ralph

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For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.