NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/26/11

May 26, 2011

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Amy Heidt and Fran Gillespie

Wonderful comedic actresses Amy Heidt, Fran Gillespie, and more debut "After the Final Rose: A Sketch Show for the Right Reasons"...

Wyatt Cenac

...and Wyatt Cenac will be telling stories about joy...

Adam Wade

...along with Adam Wade at Kevin Allison's "Risk!"

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] 6:00 pm ($5): Three shows auditioning for a regular run on the prestigious UCBT schedule. I know nothing about the second two (Carl Gregory: Personal Fertility Clinic and Everybody’s Dumb and Boring), but at 6:00 pm brilliant comedic actresses Amy Heidt, Fran Gillespie, and other talents perform a spoof of ABC’s The Bachelor written by UCBT rising stars Leila Cohan-Miccio & Caitlin Tegart, and directed by Caitlin: After the Final Rose: A Sketch Show for the Right Reasons

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($20 plus $15 food/drink min.): I haven’t seen this production, but the fact it’s been included in the gala FringeNYC 15th Anniversary All-Star Series, and I love all the other shows I’ve seen in the series, is good enough for me. This one-night-only revival of a 2007 musical comedy about Brooklyn takes place at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, inside the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street, off Ninth Avenue): Williamsburg: The Musical

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm: Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s guests star singer/songwriter Corn Mo (.357 Lover), hit UCBT improv troupe Doppleganger, Katina Corrao (The Good Neighbor Minute), and Gabe Pacheco (Anecdotal Evidence) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Young Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) has the makings of a new UCBT star performing a one-woman show in which she engagingly plays a variety of oddball characters you might encounter at summer camp, while Paul Welsh debuts a one-man show about a hall of portraits, in the double-bill Welcome to Camp! and Men in Paintings

[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): An hour of improv directed by Magnet Theatre co-owner Armando Diaz: Evente

8:00 m ($35 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up and comedic actor who’s hosted NBC’s Last Comic Standing and MTV Jams, and performed on HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA, TBS, and feature films, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Bill Bellamy

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing,Comedy Central), Joe DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately), Dan Goodman, and Chris Rozzi 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 a guest (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent for The Daily Show), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 17-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzas Real Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here), and Mike Lawrence (shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central) —joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Joy!” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

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

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can get a behind-the-scenes peak—plus comics Streeter Seidell, Jake & Amir, Pat Cassels, Jeff Rubin, and Dan Gurewitch—at CollegeHumor Live

[$] 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Joe DeVito (Last Comic Standing, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately), and Joe List (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) 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 The Curfew and Great Big Dinosaur competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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