NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/19/11

May 19, 2011

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TJ Miller

TJ Miller is at UCBT for a full hour tonight practicing the special he'll soon be taping for Comedy Central...

Bill Burr

...while Bill Burr headlines at Carolines through Sunday (the only day not yet sold out, so buy your tickets fast)...

Cats Talk Back

...and a hilarious 2003 FringeNYC parody (which looks nothing like the above...) is revived for one night only in "Cats Talk Back"

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:

6:00 pm ($5): Three shows auditioning for a regular run on the prestigious UCBT schedule. I know nothing about the first two, but at 7:00 pm brilliant writer/actress Amy Heidt and the hilarious Jeff Hiller debut a show that tells us “It’s time to re-connect with your lover, to open your hearts to each other… and watch the blood pour out:”
Last Resort

7:00 pm ($5): Buoyant all-new sketch from troupe Boat

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel (HBO)—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

…and in the other half of this double-bill, Seth Kirschner (30 Rock, Lipstick Jungle) performs a one-man half-hour TV episode parodying 90s sitcoms: Sertainly Seth

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): Will Nunziata and Jerry Miller performing a two-man sketch show designed as a love letter to the dystopian films of the 70s, 80s, and 90s:” Dystopia Gardens

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Myq Kaplan (one of the quickest minds in comedy, and rapidly rising star; finalist on most recent Last Comic Standing; Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, hit comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), and Jamie Roberts performing stand-up at The PIT’s basement lounge hosted by comedic rapper Andrew Singer and the delightful Abbi Crutchfield: Positively Awesome

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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia performing a unique blend of stand-up and storytelling that’s one of the best theatrical shows in NYC. For my more detailed write-up, please click here; and then grab tickets at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) for Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): A celebration of the conclusion of Season 2 of a Webisode comedy by its stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, plus friends: Broad City Live

[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 a guest (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($25 plus $15 food/drink min.): One of my all-time favorite FringeNYC shows—a hilarious 2003 play parodying the theatre in general and Broadway musical Cats in particular—is enjoying a revival for one night only as part of the gala FringeNYC 15th Anniversary All-Star Series at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, inside the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street, off Ninth Avenue): Cats Talk Back

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): TJ Miller (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Opie & Anthony; co-starred in ABC sitcom Carpoolers, TBS’ Very Funny Show; acted in feature films Cloverfield, Get Him to the Greek, Unstoppable) performing a deliciously long set in preparation for taping his one-hour Comedy Central special No Real Reason. This is the last chance to catch TJ performing this material live: TJ MIller Has a Reason for No Real Reason

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of NYC’s top comedic singer/songwriters or bad poets—Corn Mo, Kurt Braunohler, Jay Rodericks, Dan St. Germain, and a “secret celebrity guest”—plus ace sketch/improv comic Matt Higgins performing haiku and Joe Schiappa doing poetry—will rock the house in a show hosted by Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings

9:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors make up one-act plays on the spot in The Scene

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Helen Hong (Logo’s Set-Up Squad), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central Presents), and Nate Bargatze (Comedy Central Presents) performing stand-up at The Pit for this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Jump on Three and The Curfew competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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