NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/17/11

March 17, 2011

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Becky Drysdale

Beloved ace improvisor Becky Drysdale performs tonight as half of comedy duo "Drysdale & Gausas"

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] 8:00 pm ($10): Some of NYC’s top comedic singer/songwriters—Corn Mo, Kimmy Gatewood, Ben Lerman, and Amy Miles—plus ace sketch/improv comic Matt Higgins performing haiku and Joe Schiappa doing poetry—will rock the house in a show hosted by Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the door using code MOON): Star comedic storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing a smart, engaging, and often hilarious one-man show at PS 122(150 First Avenue off 9th Street ) running through April 2nd: Tom Shillue is Supernormal

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey perform an acclaimed sketch show in which “they’re bringing their baggage to the stage and dumping it all on you” in Baggage; and in the other half of this double-bill, a sketch show from duo Two Fun Men

8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors Megan Gray & Louis Kornfeld team up to perform as improv duo MegaLou

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.)  A stand-up who’s famed for his improv work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and Comedy Central, and currently co-stars on the Nickelodeon comedy series True Jackson VP, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Greg Proops

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): NYC stand-ups Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chapelle’s Show), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), and Sam Morril, plus superb musical guests Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Mike Doughty (Sad Man Happy Man, Soul Coughing), performing at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and a guest-host (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of the finest improvisors on the planet, Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Let’s Have a Ball, Adsit & Gausas) and Becky Drysdale (Baby Wants Candy, Let’s Have a Ball), debut tonight as a highly promising new duo: Drysdale & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): A terrific all-gal lineup of stand-ups, consisting of Andrea Rosen (HBO’sFlight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, superb one-woman show Ding Dong Meow, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Erin Lennox (razor-sharp rising star, co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here), Ilana Glazer (Jimmy Fallon, Web series Broad City), Kara Klenk, and Sasheer Zamata: Smart Women

10:00 pm ($5): “The Magnet’s premier slow comedy team creates a universe of unique sensation, demonstrations, and displays appealing to the sensible and nervous alike” as improv troupe The Boss

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Tipping a hat to St. Patrick’s day, this Irish-flavored edition features two improv troupes competing for audience laughs and votes as Policemen vs. Leprechauns—including Ben Rodgers as one of the cops—at what’s sure to be an especially raucous installment of Cage Match

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