NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/5/09

November 5, 2009

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Mike Birbiglia performs a new one-man show tonight at Town Hall

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] 6:00 pm ($5): The debut of a one-woman show from one of the finest storytellers in the country and a rapidly rising NYC comedic star—plus the debut of two other comedy shows, totaling over 90 minutes of entertainment for a mere five bucks—at Melanie Hamlett and More

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($30-$35): One of the finest stand-ups and comedic storytellers alive performs a new show at Town Hall as part of The New York Comedy Festival: Mike Birbiglia: I’m in the Future Also

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($42.50-$87.50): UK super-comic and TV star performing at Carnegie Hall as part of The New York Comedy Festival: Ricky Gervais: Out of England II

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Three top NYC sketch troupes—Pangea 3000, Murderfist, and Curtis Gwinn & John Gemberling (Death by Roo Roo, Cartoon Network)—will make you laugh uncomfortably and uncontrollably at The Best Sketch in NY Showcase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10):The increasingly gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen demands attention in a new one-woman show that’s the best work she’s ever done: Smart, honest, fresh, charismatic, hilarious—and not to be missed. (To get a feel from Brooke’s previous work, please click here and here.) Then Mara Herron combines personal storytelling with hip-hop dancing (for Mara’s views on drugs, please click here) in the double-bill Brooke Van Poppelen: So-Low Show and Mara Herron: Fly Girl

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful sketch comedy & musical duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park performing what’s sure to be a very fun 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

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Terrific comics Joe DeRosa, Donnell Rawling, and Peyton Clarkson perform at Brooklyn’s Building on Bond for a free stand-up show hosted by Yannis Pappas: Another Very Good Comedy Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Storytelling giant Elna Baker, brilliant stand-up Victor Varnado, highly unusual Claire Titelman, and razor-sharp stand-ups Hari Kondabolu and Adam Newman performing at Bar on A (170 Avenue A off East 10th Street) for a biweekly show hosted by lovely dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Brilliant stand-up Jessi Klein, and brilliant storytellers Melanie Hamlett and Starlee Kine, joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of comedy group Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): This year’s kick-off of a beloved annual tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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