NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 3/29/11

March 29, 2011

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Naked in a Fishbowl

Wonderful improvisor/actresses who normally appear in pricey theatres perform tonight for mere $5 tickets at The PIT: "Naked in a Fishbowl..."

Janeane Garofalo

...and Janeane Garofalo performs stand-up tonight at Seth Herzog's "Sweet"

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): Six improvisors play themselves on stage (similar to Naked in a Fishbowl) in Self Image; and in the second half of this double-bill, Jenny Dunne and Rick Andrews improvise a single moment in two characters’ lives again and again, exploring three parallel realities, and the difference that a look or tone can make, in The Cascade

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): My #1 pick for the 2007 FringeNYC Festival, this wonderful group of actresses/improvisors portray characters as if they were in a play, but improvise everything they say and do. The luminous performers include Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lynne Rosenberg, Lauren Seikaly, and Molly Knefel, each of whom is immensely appealing and quick-witted. Further, they have an intimate, lovely chemistry with each other; and they’ve all committed to baring their personal lives, thinly disguised via their characters (hence the title’s Naked). As a result, this is one of the most honest & nuanced improvised shows you’ll ever see.

Although every episode is a wonderful theatrical event—and normally costs theatrical prices—tonight you can catch the gals at The PIT for a mere $5. Don’t miss this chance to experience the always fresh and surprising Naked in a Fishbowl

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm ($5): Comics author & reporter Amber Delaney, and folks from Pronto Comics, joining by super-hosts Alex Zalben, Justin Tyler, and Pete LePage in a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): One of the finest comics in the country, 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. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an 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

8:00 pm to Midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes Badman, Very Good Kiss, Sandino, Ragnaröck, and Dybbuk; and at 11:00 pm UCBT students mix it up with veteran improvisors—all at Harold Night

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Nat Towsen, Abbi Crutchfield, Don Stahl, and Danny Solomon performing at Brooklyn’s Freddy’s Bar (627 Fifth Avenue; take R subway to Prospect Avenue) for this free weekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1,Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

8:30 pm ($5): In this double-bill, each of two of The Magnet’s singing improv troupes will make up a musical on the spot based on an audience suggestion: Rebound & BEEES!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), star singer Angela McClusky, and more performing at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): “Six strangers are summoned to an unusual meeting by their mysterious host, Mr. Body. When Mr. Body is found dead, these strangers become suspects, each with their own devious motive. Who killed Mr. Body? In which room? And with which weapon?” Young talents make up comedy scenes based on a popular board game in Clue-Prov

[FREE] 10:15 pm: In this free show, audience members can join in with veteran musical improv talents to make up stories in song on the spot: Musical Magnet Mixer

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A breathtaking 40 comics are given 2 minutes each in this rapid-fire open-mic stand-up show hosted with wit and energy by Jay Welch: Bring It

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