NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/29/11

April 29, 2011

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Pam Murphy and Sadie

Please see Pam Murphy's show tonight. Click Sadie's photo above, and then reserve your tickets for "The C Word." Please.

Kevin Pollak

...and also catch tonight's 10:30 Carolines show from movie star & brilliant impressionist Kevin Pollak

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): Buoyant all-new sketch from troupe Boat

7:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy about how “sometimes life turns into a storm. A storm of shit. Try not to lose your cool when it happens:” Der Storm

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($35.50 & 2-item min.): A razor-sharp comic and pitch-perfect impressionist who’s also a movie star in such classics as The Usual Suspects headlining tonight and Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Kevin Pollak

[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 click here; and for a plea for your patronage from Pam’s pooch Sadie, please click here. Don’t miss Jane Borden ofTime Out New York‘s pick for Best Solo Show of 2010Pamela Murphy: The C Word

…and for the other half of this double-bill, Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) do a show about history’s most infamous rivalries that includes putting God on stage and hitting on Her for a date: They Hated Each Other

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Groundbreaking and highly acclaimed improvisors Matt Higgins, Jay Rhoderick, and Kevin Scott performing with a three-piece rock ensemble: Centralia

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia has long been one of the finest stand-up comics in the country, with credits including 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; and the comedy CDsTwo Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live. But what puts Mike in a class all his own is a unique style he’s developed that mixes the razor-sharp hilarity of the finest stand-up with the depth of emotionally moving theatre. Mike pioneered this approach with his previous off-Broadway hitSleepwalk with Me (which he then turned into a New York Times bestselling book, Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories); but he’s raised his game to a whole new level with this show, which is regularly selling out—for good reason. The $35.50 (discounted via code BOX) price is about what you’d pay at a comedy club…and it’ll buy you one of the richest experiences you’re ever likely to receive from art. To enjoy world-class laughs while being taught how to value what’s truly important, grab tickets while you can at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop); this utterly brilliant one-man show is slated to run only through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Improv duo Nathan Phillips & Joe Schiappa, plus guests, make stuff up using unusual improv structures for this free event at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: The Nathan & Joe Show

8:00 pm ($5): Sketch comedy interwoven with a live band: Citizen Models

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Scott Moran, Jason Good, Nick Turner, Selena Coppock, and Joe Zimmerman performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by Matt Ruby: Hot Soup

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Tim Warner, Christie Walsh, Adam Chisnall, Gabe Pacheco, and Miguel Dalmau performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue) with hosts Calvin S. Cato, Justin Murray, and Chad Plaines: The Pregame Comedy Show

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up and impressionist who’s done a one-hour Comedy Central special, and performed on Jay Leno and Mad TV, headlining through Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Pablo Francisco

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

9:00 pm ($7): “In March of 2009 a gaggle of performers were born. Some died, some wandered off into the woods, others went to work in the private sector. Those that remained grew strong by feeding on the nectar of specific choices and the gruel of strong character work. The 2-year-old terror that exists today is akin to watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Burnese Mountain Dogs. What does it all mean? We don’t know.” In other words, improv from Chet Watkins

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($15): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches: The Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with a n audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Improv based on an adult party game “that mixes charades and Pictionary, but with sexy terms. This show turns sections of the audience into teams so everyone can play, as their team leaders race to draw or act hilarious terms” at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Sexy Slang Live

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Comedy genius Thomas Middleditch (when he’s not in LA), Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:30 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus

Midnight ($5): Typically disturbing and semi-obscene sketches from troupe FUCT

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Hammerkatz NYU and Casual Sex Offenders compete for audience laughs and votes, with troupe Sidecar hosting, in Backyard Brawl

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