NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/20/09

October 20, 2009

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Ophira Eisenberg tonight debuts her one-woman show Canuck Amuck

Brilliant comedic storyteller Ophira Eisenberg tonight debuts her one-woman show Canuck Amuck

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:

7:00 pm & 8:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($6.13 per show online): NYC improv and sketch troupes—many of whom perform at The PIT—compete against each other via this unusual annual contest in which each group, regardless of specialty, will perform both improv and sketch…as well as a comedy form known as sketchprov using the Second City routine The Pad. The 27 teams participating this year are Audience of Two, Bacivo Nuggets, Bad Luck Rising, Cool Guyot, Dave and Ethan, Do You Like This in Your Face?, Dumpster Tequila, Etc…, Foolhardy Manor, Friends of the Museum, Gentleman Caller, Halfbear, Hopeful Chester, Inside Joke Films, Maybe Sherman, Mrs. Estherhouse, Ninja Sex Party, Nobody’s Token, Party Lights, Pembroke and Lu, Peoples Sketch Association, SidViscous, Sisters!, Slapstick Picnic, Swords, Veal, and Yawn. The competition, running through Saturday, is SketchProv

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes DeCoster, Robber Baron, Scootch, Ragnaröck, and Badman, followed by UCBT students at all levels performing with improv veterans at The Lottery—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, plus Amber Tozer (visiting from LA), Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific), and more performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of ComedyJuice): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($7.50 if you mention at the door, plus 2-drink min.): Ophira Eisenberg (sharp stand-up and brilliant storyteller; Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of upcoming TV version of The Liar Show) and Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion, creator of The Liar Show) each perform a one-person show at the Broadway Comedy Club in this not-to-be-missed double-bill: Canuck Amuck and Do Not Disturb: Dead Tenants

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Will Forte (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya, just released a new comedy album, God Is a Twelve Year Old Boy With Asperger’s), AD Miles (writer for Jimmy Fallon), Brooke Van Poppelen (Maxim Radio, Cosmo Radio, Chicago Public Radio; Carolines, Comix; half of sketch duo Macho!; popular blog; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), and more performing at The Slipper Room hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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