NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 4/14/11

April 14, 2011

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Leslie Goshko

Leslie Goshko will tell tales about her first time at Margot Leitman's & Giulia Rozzii's "Stripped Stories"

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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Pamela Murphy’s autobiographical show is written & performed with wit, grace, and pitch-perfect comedic timing (for video samples of Pam’s work, please clickhere). Don’t miss Jane Borden of Time Out New York‘s pick for Best Solo Show of 2010Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and for the other half of this A-List double-bill, a delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Alicia Levy performing a one-woman rock concert, complete with a talented band. Alicia’s energy is admirable, but she needs to learn to balance that with organic nuance rather than make everything unremittingly over the top. Still, this is worth catching for Alicia’s very entertaining parodies of Tori Amos, Macy Gray, and Cyndi Lauper, and some memorable costumes: Chickapalooza

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): An hour of improv directed by Magnet Theatre co-owner Armando Diaz: Evente

[TOP PICK] [$] 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; 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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($30 & 2-drink min.) A cast member for four seasons of Saturday Night Livewho’s also performed on Conan O’Brien, MTV, VH1, and feature films, headlining through Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jim Breuer

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Brilliant & hilarious singer/songwriter/sketch comic Shayna Ferm (Fearsome, Grease 3: Threase), stellar sketch duo Adam Lustick & Billy Scafuri (Harvard Sailing Team), Streeter Seidell (College Humor), Allison Castillo (Comedy Central), and Griffin Newman 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 guest-host Ben Kissel (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Thoroughly charming and razor-sharp Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT, host of Sideshow Goshko) and Andy Ross (Real Characters) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV,, co-host of Dive Comedy) in telling true tales on tonight’s theme “Losing It”—plus raunchy songs from Cock Lorge—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:30 pm: NYC treasure Kurt Braunohler is the producer and host of a new comedic “anti-game-show” game show that’s rumored to have sold to IFC. In this free event, “three contestants battle it out for such lovely prizes as dinette sets, putting greens and jet skis! Owls will be insulted, injured people will be mocked, and minds will be blown! The New York Times says: “We haven’t even heard of this show! Please stop calling us!” So come on down for the most dysfunctional game show you will ever see!” Pointless!

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): With Thomas Middleditch and Nate Lang back in town, The Law Firm utterly crushed its quite talented opponent Ragnaröck last week. Tonight the vibrant improv troupe competes against Get Paid for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

11:00 pm ($5): A monthly screening of new short filmed sketch and comedy produced by members of the Magnet community: Flick Video Showcase

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