NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/7/09

November 7, 2009

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Patton Oswalt performs at Town Hall tonight as part of The New York 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 – midnight ($10, $15, and $15): An entire night of comedic musical improvisation in 90-minute slots, with the highlight being the 8:30-11:00 show (for $15) starring comedy genius Blaine Swen (Improvised Shakespeare) performing a one-man musical, and superb & surreal troupe Centralia: The Magnet’s Musical Improv Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, Conan O’Brien, and more joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($32.50-$35.00): One of the smartest and funniest stand-ups in the biz performing at Town Hall as part of The New York Comedy Festival: Patton Oswalt

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($32 & 2-item min.): A stand-up acclaimed for shocking comments who’s hosted Comedy Central’s The Man Show, performed a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, and performed the Showtime special No Refunds headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Doug Stanhope

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A comedy icon who’s performed on David Letterman over 40 times and The Tonight Show over 10 times, and did the acclaimed HBO comedy special This’ll Take About An Hour, headlining at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jake Johannsen

8:00 pm ($10): In this unique monthly show, stand-up comics perform in the buff. A reviewer from The Boston Globe observed, “The dynamic of nude comedian and clothed audience added an extra dimension to self-deprecating material.” For a New York Magazine review, please click here; or simply come see for yourself The Naked Comedy Showcase

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest comedy troupe in NYC, genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code BECKYD, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award this August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

12:00 am ($5): Andy Rocco’s extravaganza of sketch comedy, music, dancing, free t-shirts, and special guests—who tonight include stand-up Tony Camin and musical guest Jason Anderson: The Hipster Show

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