NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 12/9/10

December 9, 2010

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Pamel Murphy and Kurt Braunohler

Tonight breathtakingly talented comedic actress Pamela Murphy performs a one-woman show about disease and triumph in "The C Word," and master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler practices his one-man show for the Edinburgh Festival in "The Amish Guide to Fucking"

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): Comedy troupe Sandino performs a sketch show that has something to do with reading in The Sandino Book Club: Catcher in the Rye, plus comedy troupe MADCAR performs a sketch show titled Dave n’ Brenda’s Wedding, at tonight’s double-bill installment of the audition series Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight include Aasif Mandvi (correspondent for The Daily Show), Ryan Paulson (one-man shows Pentecostal Wisconsin and I’m Uncomfortable), Lee Camp (The Huffington Post, The Green Room with Paul Provenza), Benjamen Walker (WFMU’s Too Much Information), Jo Weldon (The Burlesque Handbook), and Gemma Clarke—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Eye of the Beholder” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[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

8:00 pm ($5): Lennon Parham demonstrates her comedy genius by utterly stealing this show with just a few minutes of performance time—via Skype video from LA!—while other talented performers on stage struggle with a sadly underdeveloped script…though Marcy Jarreau somehow manages to rise above the material, and is the other standout to look for (in the scene with the mirror…); plus young talents perform a loud and mildly amusing sketch show about cops, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Hari Kondabolu (John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Jimmy Kimmel), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), and Ken Schultz 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] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at Mortified

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Comedy genius Pam Murphy proving herself to be a star in this not-to-be-missed autobiographical show that’s the best-scripted one-act to grace UCBT this year, performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Murphy’s work, please click here); and Nicole Shabtai performing a one-woman show about “an illustrious 13-year-old socialite and notorious Upper East Side private schooler we all love to hate,” in the double-bill Pam Murphy: The C Word and Citizen Rothstein

9:30 pm ($8): “An improvised spoof on the process of rehearsing and performing a scripted play takes the audience through the table read, bits of one of the rehearsals, and the opening night performance of a play that’s never been performed before and never will be again:” The Play Format

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Star improv troupe Reuben William and UCBT Harold Night troupe Badman competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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