NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/11/09

September 11, 2009

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Billy the Mime

Billy the Mime

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A spectacular and unforgettable demonstration of the artful power of mime when combined with a wickedly sharp modern sensibility, executed with great wit and style. Street performers have given mime a bad rep; but if you think about it, what mime does is boil a situation down to its essential elements, and then express those elements in a manner that’s instantly and universally understood. That’s really what art is all about; and that’s also what Billy the Mime does, often brilliantly. (For my review of his FringeNYC show in 2006, please click here.) Don’t miss this one-night-only special event at UCBT: Billy the Mime

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($20 using code TODDB online & 2-item min.): Wryly brilliant stand-up who’s one of the very best in the biz, with performances on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, and feature film The Wrestler, headlining tonight and Saturday (get additional $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Todd Barry

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and who recently performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[FREE] Sharp stand-ups Colin Jost, Jamie Lee, Craig Baldo, Team Submarine, Andy Haynes, Jason Saenz, and Barry Rothbart performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-up comedy in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

11:00 pm ($5): Stand-ups Jamie Lee, Heather Fink, and Sean O’Connor joining sketch troupe Olde English for a monthly show that promises to deliver all-new material: Very Fresh

[FREE] 12:20ish am:A free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For FringeNYC 2009 Encore Series coverage, please click here.

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