NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 3/20/11

March 20, 2011

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Mike Birbiglia:My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

Mike Birbiglia continues to blend stand-up with storytelling in his new off-Broadway show "My Girlfriend's Boyfriend"

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:

[TOP PICK] [$] 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ($35.50): Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. He’s doing the stage thing again, tonight debuting his all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia:My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 5:00 pm ($18.50 online using discount code ADVANCE ): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot—at the Soho Playhouse’s downstairs Huron Club. Please read my review by clicking here, and then take advantage of this revival running Sundays through April 17th to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[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): Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall guest-hosted by beloved stand-up and TV & YouTube star Matt McCarthy: Pretty Good Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Magnet musical improv troupe Choral Rage raises its game tonight withThe Improvised Rock Opera

8:00 pm ($5): “An improvised spoof on the process of rehearsing and performing a play takes the audience through the table read, bits of one of the rehearsals, and the opening night performance of a production that’s never been performed before and never will be again:” The Play Format

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Carolyn Castiglia (VH1, host of Splurge), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central Presents), J-L Cauvin (Craig Ferguson), Mike Recine, and more performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Adam Newman, Jessie Richardson, and Federico Garduno performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge for a free weekly show hosted by Sean Donnelly and Chris Grace: Cold Soda Comedy

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.)  A stand-up who’s famed for his improv work onWhose 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] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Typically stellar stand-ups (unusually not announced this week) performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) typically 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: NYC stand-ups Brent Sullvan, Kara Klenk, Matt Ruby, and Matt Maragno performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly showBeauty 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: Stand-ups Helen Hong (VH1, MTV), Adam Lehman (HereTV’s Hot Gay Comics), Chantal Carrere, and Neil Thornton performing at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapyhosted by Brad Loekle (TruTV): Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up, with 4 minutes per comic, at The PIT’s downstairs loungehosted by Rob Stern: Vicious Cycle

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