NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/15/09

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Elna Baker

Elna Baker

...and Elna's red-hot new comedy memoir

...and Elna's red-hot new comedy memoir

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] 7:00 pm ($5): One of my very favorite comedic couples, the brilliant Mary Theresa Archbold and Pat Shay, proving why they should getting a lot more attention with this delightful sketch show about romance through the ages that you’ll leave with a goofy smile on your face. Don’t this tonight’s last change to catch Pat and Mary Save Their Marriage

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:00 pm: Elna Baker is one of the most brilliant storytellers to grace the comedy scene in the past few years. Elna’s just published her first book, a hilarious recounting of her experiences as a Mormon looking for love in NYC, and tonight has a release party…but her book is already a mammoth bestseller on! Come see what all the fuss is about at The PowerHouse Arena (37 Main Street in Brooklyn), and buy an autographed copy of The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy giant Dave Hill performing a charming and hilarious one-man show about a musical tour overseas, and superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 with all-new material, in the double-bill Dave Hill: Big in Japan and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy & musical duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park performing what I’m guessing is a very fun two-person show: An Evening with Ellis & Park

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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight are Victor Varnado, Adam Lustick, Michelle Collins, Tom McCaffrey, and Amir Blumenfeld—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), all at The BEATdown

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Superb Improv duo The Brothers Hines (Will Hines and Kevin Hines, who really are brothers) go up against improv troupe The Landlords in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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