NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 9/18/09

September 18, 2009

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UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson and other wonderful stand-ups perform this weekend at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson and other wonderful stand-ups perform this weekend at The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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] 6:30 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), actor Josh Fadem, and nerd rapper MC Chris joining fresh, razor-sharp, sexy comics Shonali Bhowmik, Chelsea Peretti, and Andrea Rosen…the gals of Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($12): UK comedy genius Daniel Kitson at a sold-out show (but there might be a stand-by line) as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Brilliant character performer Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) plays five very different actresses waiting to hear which of them won an Oscar (keep an eye out for the old lady, who’s one of the funniest characters you’ll see this year, anywhere); and a sharp sketch troupe performing all new material, in the double-bill Best Actress and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($29 & 2-item min.): Acclaimed stand-up who’s a regular guest on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and Howard Stern (over 50 appearances!); hosts his own radio show on Howard 101 and the comedy series Special Sauce on STARZ,; has done two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials: and is headlining tonight and Saturday (get $5 off tickets by buying before day of show) at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Fitzsimmons

8:00 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp stand-ups Katina Corrao, Brent Sullivan Chris Jurek, Josh Fadem, Ross Hyzer, Ryan Conner, and Molly Martinez (visiting from DC) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC comics Dan Soder, Jessie Geller, and Matt Maragno perform stand-up and are then interviewed about their personal lives at Matt Ruby’s and Mark Normand’s “comedy chat show with boundary issues” at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: We’re All Friends Here

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm doors, 9:00 pm show ($15): A one-night revival of the beloved and seminal downtown stand-up comedy show Invite Them Up hosted by Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale, with tonight’s star guests John Hodgman (The Daily Show, PC vs. Mac commercials), Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), and much more as part of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stand-up comics Hilary Schwartz, David Hodorowski, JQ, Paul Case, and more performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show with brand new hosts in drag Jackie O’Nasty & Shawn F. Kennedy (Jackie Monahan & Shawn Hollenbach, “soon to be the King and Queen of your gay prom”), all at The Back Room

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team

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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Top UCBT talents—including Neil Casey, John Frusciante, Anthony King, Kate McKinnon, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Rodgers, Eric Scott, Nate Smith, Gavin Speiller, Caitlin Tegart, and Greg Tuculescu—writing and/or performing sketch comedy directed by Will Hines, with stand-up from wonderful comedy host Seth Herzog and music from Last Parade, all happening Beneath Gristedes

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] 12:30 am ($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

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