NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 6/19/10

June 19, 2010

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Chris Gethard

Beloved Comedy Central star Chris Gethard tonight schools his audience in "The Art of Seduction" at The Chris Gethard Show

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[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups (who haven’t been announced) performing inOchi’s Lounge at Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 11:00 pm ($37.50 online or at the box office using discount code ALIEN): Sharp comics and 80 Henson puppets collaborating on a show that’s partly scripted and partly improvised: Stuffed and Unstrung

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($28.04 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up who’s performed three Comedy Central specials, is a commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever, has appeared on Chappelle’s Show and The Today Show, and is currently the co-star of the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet?, headlining tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Christian Finnegan

8:00 pm ($10 suggested donation): Jamie Lee (who’s also the producer and host), Phoebe Robinson (Case of the Mondays), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), and more performing stand-up at Karma Lounge for a show benefiting an animal shelter:Diamonds in the Fluff

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—and the Cage Match Champion for two years in a row!—genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

9:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Ben Kronberg, Colin Kane, Michael Lawrence, Johnathon Randall, and Kase Raso performing at Ochi’s Lounge with adorably sly host Calise Hawkins: Laugh in Limbo

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount codePISANO, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($10): Hilarious sketch duo Chris O’Neill and Paul Valenti describe themselves as “vaudeville gold for a 2010 crowd.” Whatever. They’re funny. Especially the bit with the nose. Come catch their latest material tonight at The Chris and Paul Show

[TOP PICK] 12:00 am ($5): One of the most fascinating performers in comedy—and star of the upcoming Comedy Central series Big Lake—hosting his own extravaganza, which goes beyond a stage show to have the makings of a hit MTV series—with guests including Shannon O’Neill, Will Hines, Bethany Hall, Don Fanelli, and the Kung Fu Monkeys…with this special show about The Art of Seduction, in which Chris promises “Love happens, people, and it’s going to happen hard at this show. Single audience members should be prepared to leave not single anymore:” The Chris Gethard Show

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