NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/10/10

January 10, 2010

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Over the past three nights, audiences at the Barrow Theatre saw an older woman so sexually aggressive that each young man she seduces quickly perishes (from audience suggestion "The Taming of the Cougar"); a general so cruel that he kills his subordinates in front of their young, ailing children; and a deus ex machina in the form of Scrooge McDuck. And it was all hilarious...

There are just two more evenings—tonight at 10:00 & Monday at 8:00—to catch the smartest & funniest improv comedy troupe in the world in a spectacular NYC run that must not be missed: The Improvised Shakespeare Company

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 2:00 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] 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: Rob Cantrell and other sharp NYC stand-ups performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Ali Wong, Joe Devito, Craig Baldo, Harry Terjanian, and Dan Goodman performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($46.50 & 2-drink min.): A comedy superstar headlining this one last night at Carolines: D. L. Hughley

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC comics—who haven’t been announced this week—performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($15 online or at the door with discount code ISCSUN): 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 fourth of a five-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Don’t miss the final two performances of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal stand-ups Ali Wong, Karith Foster, Roberta Rockwell, and Joanne Filan performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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