NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/13/09

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Brilliant writer/actress Amy Heidt brings one of the very finest & funniest shows at this year's FringeNYC to UCBT tonight via the revival of her one-woman show Dominate Yourself!

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): One of the very best productions at this August’s spectacular FringeNYC Festival, Amy Heidt’s one-woman show (for my review, please click here), debuts tonight at UCBT for a mere five bucks—and is paired with a new one-woman show from UCBT star Shannon O’Neill!—in the double-bill bargain of the evening: Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and Shannon O’Neil: Prison Freaks—A Talent Show

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Wearing wigs and waistcoats, extraordinarily quick-witted improvisors Neil Reynolds and Matt Tucker portray “two of America’s angriest founders: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr” and the events leading up to their historic duel—while crafting deliciously silly scenes. For example, when the duo performed during the magical Del Close Improv Marathon in 2007, Burr proposed a law declaring US land as “international waters” so he’d have more freedom to sleep with married women. When Hamilton thwarted him, the villain seceded and declared his body his own country, “the United State of Burr.” These Boston-based improvisors are among the sharpest in the country, and it’s thrilling that they’re gracing NYC for this one night only with their unique themed improv. Expect something quite special at Code Duello: Hamilton &. Burr

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) The former star of Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Colin Quinn

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($37 & 2-item min.): A star actor who’s performed in over 50 films and TV shows, and an exceptionally sharp stand-up, headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Larry Miller

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A new sketch show from highly talented husband & wife comedy team Tim Girrbach & Alicia Levy about “The journey of two unlikely hip-hop stars to the top of the charts told through the people who made them—managers, stylists, choreographers, optometrists. Written and preformed by Alicia & Tim, and directed and choreographed by Wendy Seyb: Paired Up and Pumpin’

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Rob Cantrell, Aparna Nancherla, Neal Stastny, Seaton Smith, and Michael Lawrence performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-up comics performing stand-up in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe focusing on our favorite city: Centralia: The New York Show

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Top UCBT talents—tonight featuring Jeff Hiller, Fran Gillespie, Nate Lang, Jim Santangeli, Mike Still, and Andree Vermeulen as the performers, and Neil Casey, John Frusciante, Dan Gregor, Dan Gurewitch, Anthony King, Craig Rowin, Eric Scott, Nate Smith, Caitlin Tegart, and Greg Tuculescu as the writers—creating a one-night-only sketch comedy show directed by Will Hines, and hosted by rising star stand-up Hannibal Burress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central): Beneath Gristedes

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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