NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 1/9/10

January 9, 2010

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The breathtakingly hilarious Improvised Shakespeare Company continues its magical run through Monday, and is the best show in town; try to catch all the performances, as each night is utterly different

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] 7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stellar storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents), terrific stand-ups Joe Devito (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) and Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), way fun sketch comics Pat Stango & Blaine Perry (Don’t Touch Me There), and much more performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code JODY, otherwise $20): This top musical improv troupe has wowed audiences around the world with its skill at making up an hour-long musical moment by moment. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment, even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are invented on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event during this magical NYC run through Monday night: Baby Wants Candy

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm & 12:30 am ($46.50 & 2-drink min.): A comedy superstar headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: D. L. Hughley

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

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): Wonderful stand-ups Tom Shillue, Kumail Nanjiani, God’s Pottery, Michelle Buteau, Myq Kaplan, and Sean Crespo—and free beer!—at acclaimed monthly comedy showcase Moonwork

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

9:30 pm ($10): PIT house comics tell tales about “The First Time” in the debut of this comedic storytelling show: Campfire Stories

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount code ISCCFBK): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight is the second of a five-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

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

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein, who’ve formed the new troupe Trike

[TOP PICK] 12:00 am ($5): One of the most fascinating performers in comedy finally hosting his own extravaganza, with guests including Shannon O’Neill, Joe Mande, Noah Garfinkel, Don Fanelli, Shaun Diston, and Bethany Hall : The Chris Gethard Show

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