NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/11/10

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Jason Mantzoukas and Ed Herbstman demonstrate they're one of the finest improv duos alive in a rare performance as The Mantzoukas Brothers

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 ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), brilliant stand-up Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo, Sirius Radio, Time Out New York’s “Best Joke of the Year”), Sara Barron (acclaimed storyteller; one-woman show People are Unappealing), and Hedda Lettuce (acclaimed drag queen comic)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Unique: I’m Not Like Most People” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country…and which just won the 2010 ECNY Aware for Best Variety Show: Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): One of my all-time favorite stand-up comics, the lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket) and superb stand-up Joe DeRosa (HBO, Comedy Central Presents, Carson Daly) headlining at the elegant Comix Club for one night only: Pete Holmes and Joe DeRosa

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy giant Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of Miami, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion) performs an hour-long charming and hilarious series of tales about a musical tour overseas—including an unforgettable bit about Japanese toilets—in Dave Hill: Big in Japan

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): Brilliant rising star comedic singer/songwriter Adira Amram, plus stand-up comics Rob Cantrell, Sheng Wang, Craig Baldo, Lisa DeLarios, and “a surprise guest” performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm (only $2 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): A blowout show at a super-bargain price, featuring four of the sharpest and funniest stand-ups in the country performing for a podcast at the elegant Comix Club for one night only: Ted Alexandro, Sean Patton, Kumail Nanjiani, and Joe DeRosa

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Three top-notch NYC sketch troupes—BoF (the lovely Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka), Murderfist (winner of the 2010 ECNY Awards for Best Sketch Troupe), and Andrea Rosen (ace stand-up comic who apparently is going to offer some surprises tonight)—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in what’s likely to be a way fun sketch revue, hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5; reservations recommended by calling 212.244.8824): Genius improvisors Jason Mantzoukas (We Used to Go Out, Mother; feature films Baby Mama, Splinterheads, I Hate Valentine’s Day) and Ed Herbstman (HBO; co-founder of the Magnet Theater) demonstrating they’re one of the finest improv duos ever with their extraordinary quick wit, artful grace, and breathtaking skill.Take advantage of this one-night-only opportunity to see these comedy stars shine in an intimate setting as The Mantzoukas Brothers

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Brothers Hines (on a glorious streak with five wins in a row) and MADCAR compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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