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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 ($49.50): One of the finest comics in the country, Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; twoComedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
[TOP PICK] [$] [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. This marvelous event recently received a 2011 Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and a nomination for the 2011 MAC Award for Special Production. Please read my review by clicking here, watch Faye make a pecan pie 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] 6:30 pm ($5): Genius improvisor/actor Ed Herbstman is interviewed, and stand-up Nick Vatterott performs, for the audition of new show Late Night Show with Josh Friedman; and on the other half of this double-bill, a stand-up comic will deliver eight minutes of his or her best material, and then a team of improvisers “will delve deep into the nuances of that act in a series of improvised scenes,” in the intriguing new show Improvised Stand-Up
[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 ($7): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Union Hall hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman: Pretty Good Friends
[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), Barry Rothbart, Raquel D’Apice, and “a super secret guest on a really funny network TV show” performing at RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up
[$] 8:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Conan O’Brien and his ownComedy Central Presents half-hour special headlining one last night at the Gotham Comedy Club: Dwayne Perkins
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac, TV & movie rising star Amy Schumer, the hilarious and too-rarely-seen Heather Lawless, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) guest-hosted by Joe Mande: Comedy Night
[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Becky Yamamoto, Jordan Carlos, Mo Welch, Brad Austin, and Nore Davis performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty 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
9:30 pm ($5): Nate Starkey and Chris Grace performing improv as duo Starkey & Grace
[$] 10:00 pm ($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
[FREE] 10:00 pm: “Bawdy gals” night with Jessimae (Tyra Banks Show), Hilary Schwartz (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad), and Justy Dodge (Carolines) performing stand-up at this free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle (TruTV): Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour
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