NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 1/9/11

January 9, 2011

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

There are just three more evenings 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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 4:00 pm ($28 online using discount code TMANIA): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected comics alive. I’ll be catching his life-affirming show about suicide and more on 1/12, but sight unseen am reasonably sure it’s amazing. It’s running every day except Mondays through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse(38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

6:30 pm ($5): “Dave and Carl are writing the single most awesome thing ever, the movie Zombies vs. Vikings. They’re really excited, and have got all the stuff you need to write that sort of thing: Pens, paper, snacks, and lives spent ingesting genre cinema. Come join them, and peer behind the curtain as the creative process gives birth to history’s greatest movie. Sorry, film:” Dave and Carl: Zombies va. Vikings

[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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($17 online or at the door with discount codeT80ISC): 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 second of a four-night NYC run, with every evening utterly different from the last. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the breathtakingly skilled Improvised Shakespeare Company

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Victor Varnado (Conan O’BrienJimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, NBC’s My Name is Earl, Adult Swim, Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show; films Pluto Nash, End of Days,A Guy Thing), Mike Lawrence (up-and-coming sharp stand-up), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Joe Pera, and Gonzalo Cordova performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney

8:00 pm ($5): Young talents at the Magnet debut a show that makes it easy to identify its genre:Romantic Comedy: The Musical

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($18 online using discount code FAYB ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this final performance of the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: A rare appearance from the hilarious Heather Lawless (Variety SHAC); plus Jay Pharoah, Rae Sanni, Tirrell Abraham, The Brothers Lucas, and Joey Gay performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) hosted by the wonderful Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveDavid Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Louie, Comedy Central): Comedy Night

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Mike Dobbins (unique stream of consciousness comic), Greg Johnson (Sirius Radio host), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, VH1), Ryan Conner, and John F. O’Donnell performing stand-up in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly showBeauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy tonight hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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