NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/6/11

March 6, 2011

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Al Madrigal

Al Madrigal concludes his headlining run tonight 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:

7:00 pm ($5): “A horrible sketch show morphs into a puppet and foam driven romp that borrows prisoners but gives them back.” Time Out Chicago called it “an exuberant and exciting piece of experimental theater…it sounds strange and it was:” The Pyramid Shew

[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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), Tom Allen (UK comedy star), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends

[$] 8:00 pm ($24.50 & 2-drink min.)  An award-winning stand-up who’s performed on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining one last evening at the Carolines Comedy Club: Al Madrigal

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Keith Alberstadt (David Letterman), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Ryan Conner (freelance writer for Saturday Night Live), and Michael Che performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

8:00 pm ($5): “Germany’s greatest improv duo unveiling a form combining rapid scene painting, patient emotional connections and leagues of ribaldry:” Snazzle Dazzle; and in the other half of this double-bill, members of puppeteer David Fino’s Puppetry for Improv Performers class make stuff up as SkrappBox

8:00 pm ($5): Ben Kissel (way funny 6’7″ stand-up), Josh Guarino, and David Cope performing stand-up at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show hosted by Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Michael Che, and Neal Brennan 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: Typically fine NYC stands-ups (not yet announced) performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

9:30 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and an escalating challenge component—at Magnet Inferno

[FREE] 10:00 pm: All-gal stand-up lineup of Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime,The Liar Show), Rachel Parenta (Last Comic Standing), and Lori Sommer performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle (TruTV): Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

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