NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/27/09

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Charlie Murphy, who became a comedy icon on Chappelle's Show, performs stand-up tonight with friends at Carolines

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 ($10): A new sketch show from Chris & Rebecca Smith, two members of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team who are married to each other: The New York Smiths

8:00 pm ($10): Nick Ross performing a show about his combating cancer, with a deliciously vibrant and adorable performance by actress Leslie Meisel as a variety of secondary characters (including the cancer itself…); and Ryan Karels (stellar improvisor in troupes Krompf, Decoster, Creep, and more) detailing the travails of riding a bike in NYC, in the double-bill Highly Evolved Human and Don’t Honk at Me

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($49.00 & 2-drink min.) One of the most fun characters on Chappelle’s Show, and the writer/star of feature film Norbit, performs with comedy friends tonight and Saturday at Carolines: Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy

[$] 8:00 pm ($40 & 2-item min.) A 1960s comedy icon headlines tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

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] 11:00 pm ($5): The last quarter-final round of a beloved annual tradition before the not-to-be-missed semi-finals and finals Saturday night—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

[$] 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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