NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 12/20/09

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Jamie Lee joins Rachel Feinstein, Sara Benincasa, and other sharp comics sharing personal holiday tales at Family Hour with Auntie Sara Christmas Spectacular

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] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[FREE] 7:30ish pm: Typically terrific stand-ups performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Stellar stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon), Leo Allen (SNL, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Whiplash), Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Michael & Michael Have Issues), Liam McEneaney (VH1’s Best Week Ever), Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report), Tim Molloy (TV Guide), and more performing at Lolita Bar—with 1950s live jazz music in the background!—at the NYC debut of Jamie Flam’s Be-Bop Jazz Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Victor Varnado, Jared Logan, Bobby Miyamoto, Barry Rothbart, Gilad Foss, and Shawn Pearlman performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC comics—who tonight are Rachel Feinstein, Jamie Kilstein, Jamie Lee, Sean Donnelly, Pat Stango, Elon James White, and comedy’s finest cookie baker H. Alan Scott (who will likely be supplying free treats to the audience, which is reason to brave the snow all by itself)—telling funny, poignant, and at times unforgettable tales about their relatives at Ochi’s Lounge for a show hosted by gorgeous rising star Sara Benincasa (CNN, MTV, The Sarah Palin Vlogs): Family Hour with Auntie Sara Christmas Spectacular

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Comedy genius Dave Hill, plus stand-ups Chesley Calloway, Nick Turner, and Erik Bergstrom performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar guest-hosted tonight by Kenny Zimlinghaus (while Vince Averill & Jesse Popp are off for the holidays) at the free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Terrific gal stand-ups Jackie Monahan, Robin Fox, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Susan Alexander performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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