NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/23/10

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Comedy star Lewis Black performs stand-up tonight and Saturday in his one-man show In God We Trust

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:

7:00 pm ($5): “Jon Bander has always believed himself great at something. These are the moments where he found out what that something wasn’t. A one-show about being comfortable in your own skin by a guy who, despite glaring flaws, has always loved himself:” Delusions of Bander

7:00 ($5): Improvised one-act plays by four talented improvisors: superb Austin comedic actress Lee Eddy, Ben Sterling (Start Trekkin’), Caitlin Sweet (Topanga), and Jeremy Lamb (Out of Bounds Comedy Festival): The Hypotheticals

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, Verizon Fios guy, new comedy CD Come Clean), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), and Erik Bergstrom (author of Grimmer Tales); sketch comedy from Roger Hailes, Sean Donnelly, and Steve Bossous; musical group Fortress of Attitude; comedy films; and “drunken makeout-filled afterparty” with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry, all at Karma Lounge for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($45-$75): One of comedy’s funniest angry white men performs tonight and Saturday at the New York City Center: Lewis Black: In God We Trust

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill debuting her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; plus Kate McKinnon, Sarah Claspell, Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Veronica Osorio, and Aaron Glaser perform a sketch show written by Leila Cohan and Caitlin Tegart about Smith, our nation’s largest women’s college, in the double-billPrison Freaks: A Talent Show and This is About Smith

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): A beloved high-concept sketch troupe that delights in exploring silly ideas and wordplay (for example, demonstrating that a caveman and the Cookie Monster sound remarkably alike when saying such things as “Me have problem with subject/verb placement…”) debuts an all-new show:Elephant Larry

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

11:00 pm ($5): “When life gives you lemons, get Streeter Seidell & Dan Gurewitch (CollegeHumor), along with a few of their friends, to perform a night of stand-up comedy so funny you’ll totally forget fruit even exists:” Plan B

12:20ish am ($5): “Set sail with your hosts, The Brooks Brothers (Alex Scordelis & Chris Schell), on the S.S. WASP for a delightful evening of entertainment and a delicious clambake! Come watch your favorite UCB performers make a mockery of all things preppy—everything from Sperry Top-Siders, Vampire Weekend, and the Hampton Jitney to popped collars, Princeton University and Zack “Preppy” Morris. And seriously, we’ll be serving clams:” The Brookes Brothers Clambake

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