NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 4/8/10

April 8, 2010

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A comedy giant who blends stand-up with storytelling performs new material tonight through Saturday at Carolines: Mike Birbiglia

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 Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Sara Schaefer (brilliant, inventive, luminous comic; staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Carolyn Castiglia (VH1’s The White Rapper), and Joey Hood—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Regrets: If I Could Take It Back” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): A wonderful storyteller and stand-up (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime) focuses on the latter tonight as she headlines at the Axis TheatreOphira Eisenberg

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; co-star of USA’s Facing Kate and Comedy Central’sAwkward Kings of Comedy; MTV, VH1) and Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Jimmy Kimmel) share the headlining spotlight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: An Evening with Baron Vaughn & Hari Kondabolu

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 ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($42 plus 2-drink minimum): One of the finest stand-ups and comedic storytellers alive performs new material tonight through Saturday at Carolines: Mike Birbiglia

8:00 pm ($5): Delightful stand-ups Amy Beckerman and Leah Dubie (Dykes on Mics) performing as comedy duo Duberman

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Superb stand-ups Ted Alexandro, Ali Wong, Dan Allen, Nick Offerman, and Brent Sullivan performing at 92Y Tribeca: Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum):Rory Albanese (Executive Producer of The Daily Show; recently aired fine Comedy Central Presents half-hour special) and Rachel Feinstein (hilarious stand-up; Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour) share the headlining spotlight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: An Evening with Rachel Feinstein and Rory Albanese

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Reunions; and the storytellers are Becky Flaum, Rob Gorden, and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi—plus fun raunchy songs from the brilliant Shayna Ferm—all at Stripped Stories

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Reuben Williams and The Fritz compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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