NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 5/23/10

May 23, 2010

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

There are just two more evenings—tonight at 10:00 & Monday at 8:00—to catch the smartest & funniest improv comedy troupe in the world in a spectacular NYC run that must not be missed: The Improvised Shakespeare Company

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 ($5): Sara Benincasa performs the one-woman show that recently nabbed her a major book deal and possible movie deal, at The PIT for one night only: AGORAFABULOUS!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($10 online with code TODDB, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the finest stand-ups alive—with appearances on HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, and feature films The Wrestler andPete Smalls is Dead—headlining one final night at Carolines…and at a bargain discounted price!:Todd Barry

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Jessi Klein (staff writer for Saturday Night Live and brilliantly fresh, organic stand-up), Marina Franklin (irresistable stand-up; Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show), and “a special guest” performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall with comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Tearing the Veil of Maya

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Pat Dixon, Dan Allen, Katina Corrao, Jamie Lee, Ryan Hamilton, and Mike Recine performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Ace sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, plus terrific stand-ups Pat Dixon, Ray Devito, and Scott Moran, performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($12 online or at the door with discount code ISCER): Genius improvisors from Chicago delivering one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see by making up a play on the spot using the language and themes of the Bard. This is the finest improv troupe in the world, and one of the best comedy shows of any kind, anywhere. Tonight is the fourth of a five-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Michelle Buteau and Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, TruTV) performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy— and celebrating the birthday of host by Brad Loekle:Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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