NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/5/11

March 5, 2011

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Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro

World-class stand-ups Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro perform tonight at the Eastville Comedy Club

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] [$] 6:00 pm ($15, which includes 1 drink; reservations highly recommended by calling 212.989.9319): Four funny people tell amazing stories. Three of the tales are absolutely true…but one of them is a pack of lies. The audience then asks questions to try and identify the fibber—and everyone who does gets a free t-shirt! This evening’s yarn-spinners are Joanne Solomon (De La Guarda), Peter Aguero (Chicago City Limits), Flash Rosenberg (NYC Public Library Artist In Residence), and Andy Christie (The New York Times, NPR, Moth GrandSlam Champion). Come to the West Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) and let host Andy Christie attempt to mislead you at The Liar Show

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Anthony King, Christina Gausas, Ed Herbstman, Becky Drysdale, and more—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors who’ve included writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

7:30 pm ($7): Improv veterans Mark Grenier, Louis Kornfeld, and Charlie Whitcroft making up a play on the spot in Theory of Everything

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s written for ABC, TruTV, feature films, and performed his own hour-long Comedy Central special You’ve Changed headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Michael Loftus

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.)  An award-winning stand-up who’s performed onConan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Al Madrigal

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Joe Devito (Last Comic Standing), Vince Averill (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy), Pat Stango (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There), Sarah Tollemache, and more performing at The PIT’s new basement lounge with host Sean Donnelly forLil’ Seany Boy

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): An all-star lineup tonight of Todd Barry (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature filmsThe Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; delivered perfect set recently at Carnegie Hall), Julian McCullough (razor-sharp rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club’s A-List

9:00 pm ($7): 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

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount codeSBWC, otherwise $20): This top musical improv troupe has wowed audiences around the world with its skill at making up an hour-long musical moment by moment. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment, even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are invented on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award last year for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event by catching tonight’s edition of Baby Wants Candy

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

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King interviews an audience member about where he or she grew up and then creates an entire show based on the mini-bio: The Curfew: Not From Around Here

10:30 pm ($7): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Andrea Rosen (HBO, Variety SHAC), Anthony Atamanuik (30 Rock, Death by Roo Roo, The Nights of Our Lives), Dan St. Germain (Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1), Streeter Seidell (College Humor), Justin Shanes (Jimmy Fallon), Rob Cantrell (Last Comic Standing, High Times), Matt Koff (The Onion), Rob Stern (Your 80’s Prom), Luke Younger, and more celebrating Andy Rocco’s birthday at Andy Rocco’s Underground Americana

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