NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 1/28/10

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Comedy stars including Amy Schumer and Michael Ian Black celebrate a one-liner humor Web site at WitStream Live

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): A live taping of a comedy podcast that’s garnered over a million downloads, hosted by Scott Aukerman (Mr. Show): Comedy Death-Ray Radio Live

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Long believed lost, Salvador Dali’s surrealist variety show deemed too unhinged for television has been unearthed and can at last be seen! Hosted by Dali and his co-host the crucified Jesus, the show will feature surreal guests, celebrities, performance art, offbeat musical acts, melting clocks, and weirdness.” Yes, it sounds way odd; but performers include such brilliant comics as Dave Hill, Kate McKinnon, John Gemberling, and Gil Ozeri in assorted bit parts of Salvador Dali’s Danza Macabre

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A spectacular collection of TV comedy stars and top stand-ups—Michael Ian Black, Pete Holmes, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Myq Kaplan, and more—who are contributors to a new one-liner comedy site all performing at WitStream Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Brilliant comedic singer/songwriter/stand-up Jessica Delfino, hilarious musical comic & storyteller Jason Trachtenburg (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), Negrin Farsad (MTV), John Knefel (Huffington Post), Shawn Hollenbach (The Back Room), and musical guest Eytan Mirsky all performing at Bar on A (170 Avenue A off East 10th Street) for a biweekly show hosted by lovely dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can see the folks behind it on stage at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): It all comes down to this: After a year of fierce comedy combat, tonight’s Finals contest between improv troupes Death by Roo Roo and The Brothers Hines will determine the annual Cage Match Champion, as these groups battle for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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