NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/29/10

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

There are just three NYC performances left this year of the greatest improv troupe in the world: 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] 6:00 pm ($5): Hosts John Frusciante and Will Hines tape their podcast live on stage, with tonight’s guest a living legend: UCBT Podcast with Matt Walsh

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning) with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

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 ($12.90 online, $12 at the door): 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] 8:00 pm ($5): UCBT-LA’s late night sketch/music variety show performing for one evening only here in NYC. Come catch a small army of young talent at The Midnight Show

[$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): One of the cast members of the seminal In Living Color headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Tommy Davidson

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Top stand-ups Todd Barry and Myq Kaplan (it’s more than worth the price of admission if Todd spends even a minute dissecting Myq’s current starring role on Last Comic Standing), and more performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12.90 online, $12 at the door—but buy in advance, because every performance will sell out): 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. There are three NYC performances left—tonight at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Friday at 7:00 pm atFIT, and Saturday at 7:15 pm as part of the spectacular Del Close Improv Marathon—with each evening utterly different from the last. Try to catch every single performance of the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The wonderful Matt Besser, who’s a founding member of the world-renowned and enormously influential Upright Citizens Brigade, is joined by such equally brilliant comics as Horatio Sanz (SNL, ABC) and Chris Gethard (star of Comedy Central’s upcoming Big Lake) for a very special annual show in which top comics live out their roadie fantasies by impersonating favorite musicians and performing their songs at The Greatest Concert Ever

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by troupe Badman: Jammin’ with Ralph

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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

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