NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/2/10

December 2, 2010

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Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines

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:

6:30 pm ($5): Jena Friedman boils down her dark musical comedic parody of the American Girl Dolls to a 30-minute UCBT format, starring such brilliant talents from the NYC comedy community as Jessica Delfino, Ben Lerman, and Jena herself, in The Refugee Girls Revue; plus troupe Bleak debuts a “best-of” sketch show, all at tonight’s installment of the audition series Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($60 & 2-drink min.): A co-star of 30 Rock who’s one of the most hilarious guys in the biz headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Tracy Morgan

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler “relates how he destroyed a 13-year relationship in the dumbest, most complicated way possible, with bar fights, naked men, walruses, and an audition for Sasha Baron Cohen” in the one-man show The Amish Guide to F*cking

8:00 pm ($8): The Magnet’s co-owner Armando Diaz performs monologues on the spot and improvisors then act out scenes based on them at The Armando Diaz Experience

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killerset on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Pioneering UK comedy star Andy de la Tour (The Young Ones), Michael Che, Alex Grubarb, and David Cope performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show hosted & produced by just-engaged couple Sean Crespo & Carol Hartsell:Lasers in the Jungle

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), John Flynn (stellar storyteller; The Nights of Our Lives), Julian McCullough (Comedy Central Presents), and Ann Carr (Louie) joining hosts Andrea Rosen and Shonali Bhowmik for Variety SHAC

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller, Ben Rodgers, and Jonathan Gabrus) and surprise breakout hit Doppelganger (Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar) compete for audience laughs and votes in what’s likely to be one of the most exciting editions of the raucous Cage Match

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