NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 3/12/11

March 12, 2011

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NYC's fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe performs today from 2 pm to 2 am...

Murderfist The PIT's downstairs lounge for "Murderfist: The 12 Hour 'We Will Die' Show"

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] [FREE] 2:00 pm-2:00 am: Prolific sketch comedy troupe Murderfist will perform pretty much every bit off material it’s ever written, with no repetitions, for a full 12 hours in this grueling marathon at The PIT’s basement lounge for no charitable cause or other good reason whatsoever: Murderfist: The 12 Hour “We Will Die” Show

7:00 pm ($8): Baseball-based sketch comedy from duo Ben Masten and Sam Dingman: Audience of Two: Baseball Spectacular

[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 & 10:30 pm ($35 & 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 & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed onJay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and his own hour-long Comedy Central special The Byrne identityheadlining tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club: Steve Byrne

[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 (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): A great lineup of Judah Friedlander (30 RockMeet the Parents), Judy Gold (HBO Sex and the CityComedy Central Presents, The View), Big Jay Oakerson (Comedy Central Presents, Showtime), and Ardie Fuqua (VH1’s Best Week Ever, BET) 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): “None of this show will be planned in any fashion until the day of. At noon, the entire cast will meet up and see what’s happening on the New York Craigslist site that day. They will reach out to different people advertising on the site that day to see what comedic bits they can build together. All guests will be booked off of Craigslist. All props will be found on Craigslist. All bits will be found on Craigslist. This could be a total disaster:”The Chris Gethard Show: “Found It On Craigslist” Edition

[$] 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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