NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/29/09

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Mara and Brooke

Fresh, smart, sexy comics Mara Herron and Brooke Van Poppelen perform one-woman shows tonight at Fly Girl and So-Low Show

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 ($25): A dynamite evening of comedy from two of the best stand-ups in the country performing at NYU’s 700-seat Skirball Center: Aziz Ansari and John Mulaney

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy giant Dave Hill performing a charming and hilarious one-man show about a musical tour overseas, and sketch troupe Sidecar performing bits about the end of the world, in the double-bill Dave Hill: Big in Japan and Sidecarmageddon

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A double-bill of solo shows from fresh, smart, sexy rising stars: Mara Herron (NYC’s The Lighthouse; for Mara’s views on drugs, please click here), and 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): Fly Girl and So-Low Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful 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

9:30 pm ($5): Sharp stand-ups Morgan Murphy, Ryan Reiss, and Hardly Working Live join Streeter and Jeff for a stage version of popular Web site CollegeHumor Live

[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 Ghost Fight in a battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

For full details, please visit

For Q&A with bestselling author Elna Baker, please click here.


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