NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 4/15/10

April 15, 2010

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Spectacular comedic talents Adira Amram (above), Lennon Parham, Kate McKinnon, and more join coauthors Rob Lathan and Will Hines to help you Get Psyched!

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 ($12): A blowout gathering of some of the most talented and beloved comics in New York—Lennon Parham, Kate McKinnon, Adira Amram, and Zach Woods—joining co-authors Rob Lathan and Will Hines perform a live version of their book Get Psyched!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($12.89 online if you use code VIPAPRIL, plus 2-item minimum): An irresistible comedic actor and stand-up—best known as the anti-FIOS guy in Verizon commercials—celebrates his first comedy album at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Matt McCarthy CD Release Party

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Lisa Levy psychoanalyzing comics in Ochi’s Lounge at 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 ($5): The delightful Andrée Vermeulen performing a one-woman show in which she applies for “The Greatest French Person in the World Award” only to discover a terrible family secret involving waffles—and while performance trumps material here, Andrée is a fresh young talent worth discovering (for a memorable show highlight, shot with Andrée’s real-life boyfriend Thomas Middleditch, please click here); plus real-life married couple James Eason & Jessica Allen, who are both superb veteran improvisors, stretching themselves with a scripted sketch show directed by Rachel Hamilton, in the double-bill French Toast and D-Bags, A-Holes & Lovers

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 plus 2-drink minimum): A former Saturday Night Live star headlining tonight through Saturday at Carolines: Kevin Nealon

8:00 pm ($8): Elizabeth Blue performing a new one-woman show: Am I Blue

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at Mortified

[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): Two talented sketch comedy troupes and a sketch master—Sidecar, Two Fun Men, and Kurt Braunohler—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[$] 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 Decoster compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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