NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/11/11

March 11, 2011

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Sarah Silverman

Superstar Sarah Silverman is scheduled to be interviewed on the UCBT stage tonight at Citizen Radio Live

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Comedy supestar Sarah Silverman is scheduled to appear on this live-on-stage radio interview show, along with “a special guest” (who’s so more special than Sarah Silverman that they can’t even be named? Is Sarah being followed by the Pope?), plus musical guest Only Son, at Jamie Kilstein’s and Allison Kilkenny’s Citizen Radio Live

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($8): Genius improvisor Thomas Middleditch (Improvised Shakespeare Company, Baby Wants Candy, The Law Firm) and Matt Oberg (Big Black Car) teaming up as improv duo Bergditch; plus Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan following up winning the recent SketchProv Tournament with this PIT run as improv duo Swords

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): The unsinkable Mamrie Hart and her comedy partner Stephen Soroka are Best of Friends, and their new sketch show educates you about how to effectively promote it when you tell all your friends to see it: BoF: It’s Pronounced ‘Boaf’!;

…and for the other half of this A-List double-bill, a delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A star stand-up who’s done half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime; was a regular on Comedy Central’sTough Crowd with Colin Quinn and cast member on FOX’s The Jury; appeared repeatedly on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and guest starred on such TV shows as NBC’s The Office and FOX’sArrested Development, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Patrice Oneal

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A sketch troupe that creates superb comedy videos (for a sample, please clickhere) performing their stuff live on stage: Serious Lunch

8:00 pm ($7): “In March of 2009 a gaggle of performers were born. Some died, some wandered off into the woods, others went to work in the private sector. Those that remained grew strong by feeding on the nectar of specific choices and the gruel of strong character work. The 2-year-old terror that exists today is akin to watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Burnese Mountain Dogs. What does it all mean? We don’t know.” In other words, improv from Chet Watkins

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups Brent Sullivan, Anthony Devito, Neal Stastny, and Morgan Venticinqueperforming at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue): Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and his own hour-long Comedy Central special The Byrne identity headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Steve Byrne

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

9:00 pm ($7): Duo improv set in the roarin’ 1920s from David Levin & Alex Marino in The Cousins Zell

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Some of The Magnet’s finest comics—including the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at last year’s FringeNYC)—team up with Magnet co-owner Armando Diaz to deliver sketch comedy in Good Morning, Ladies!

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): “The most fabulous show on Earth,” hosted by Tim Gunn (John Flynn) and Tim Gunn (Michael Hartney), featuring a variety of comedic performers (both straight and gay), plus two audience members who’ll be selected to compete in a design challenge, at The Same Sex-Tacular

[$] 12:30 am ($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 through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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