NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/18/10

March 18, 2010

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One of my favorite stand-ups, who's killer funny and beloved by everyone, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: John Mulaney

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 (no cover, 1-item min.): Stellar storyteller Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1,Stripped Stories) and TV sketch comic Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon) performing comedy and then getting analyzed by host Lisa Levy in Ochi’s Lounge at the unique show Stand Up, Lie Down

7:30 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] [$] 8:00 pm ($20.25, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the most skilled, funny, and beloved stand-ups in the country—and a personal favorite—who’s a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, has performed repeatedly on Conan O’Brien and VH1’s Best Week Ever, and won the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: John Mulaney

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5…which includes free cupcakes!): Brilliantly funny writer/singer Jessica Delfino (enjoys singing songs about her vagina, as demonstrated by her CD Dirty Folk Rock;created the hilarious and wildly popular YouTube animated short film I Wanna Be Famous; has a cool MySpace page, and an even cooler blog; to get a feel for Jessica’s amazing range and talent, please click here) joins fellow wonderful musical comics Mindy Raf, The Drelles, Cock Lorge, and Amanda Melson at the rock ‘n rolling party of a show at The Slipper Room that’s likely to be a blast:Top Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

8:00 pm ($5): The debut of a sketch show from Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller (both formerly of NYC sketch powerhouse THE ROYAL WE), who “present a brand new two-man show which serves a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($12): Star stand-ups Jessi Klein (staff writer for Saturday Night Live,Comedy Central) and Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), plus Baratunde Thurston, and musical guests Alan Hampton and DJ Brainchild, performing at Comedy Below Canal

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Popular Tweeters craft their finest thoughts 140 characters at a time while the audience chooses which Tweets are their faves in Ochi’s Lounge at comedy game show The Tweet Spot

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups and storytellers Chris Gethard, Seth Herzog, and Giulia Rozzi—atCollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes The Brothers Hines (steamrolling over challengers with six wins in a row) and Identity Theft compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): An Internet notion that begs for comedic treatment gets precisely that tonight—with the participating comics including the wonderful Ed Herbstman (HBO, The Mantzoukas Brothers, co-founder of the Magnet Theater)—at Chatroulette: The Show

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