NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 6/9/11

June 9, 2011

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This year’s magical SketchFest NYC runs June 8-11 at UCBT.
Last night Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler provided organic, nonstop laughs; they’ve never been better. Musical comics Adira Amram, Shayna Ferm, and Snakes (Adam Lustick, Billy Scafuri, and Chloé Wepper) were all thoroughly wonderful in Sketch Rocks. And UCBT house troupe Gramp’s proved itself among the best in NYC, thanks in large measure to sketch genius Kate McKinnon. Notable participants on this second night include:

Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka

Mamrie Hart & Stephen Soroka as "BoF"...

Danielle Puterbaugh and Tiffany Puterbaugh

...and Danielle & Tiffany Puterbaugh in "The Puterbaugh Sisters Variety Hour"

  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:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 7:00 pm – 1:00 am: One of the most delightful comedy festivals to grace NYC, this seventh annual SketchFest boasts shows from The Onion, The Harvard Sailing Team, The Whitest Kids U’ Know, Comedy Central Digital, and even Marvel Comics!

Other notable shows include a one-night-only reunion of acclaimed all-gal troupe Meat; a “Secret Screening” of something special Friday at midnight; and often the most delightful event of the whole shebang, the closing night Craptacular featuring material from festival participants too rude or bizarre to fit into their regular shows, and this year hosted by Jon Friedman (The Rejection Show).

To get a feel for some of the best troupes who’ll be participating, please click here.

Produced by Alex Zalben, who has superb comedic taste, this is a four-evening extravaganza worth experiencing. Many of these shows will almost certainly sell out, so buy tickets in advancefor the ones you want ($10 each); or simply opt for the $100 all-you-can-see pass to get into any and every show of SketchFest NYC 2011

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at theKabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and Sean Patton—with tonight being the gala Fourth Year Anniversary edition, running past 1:00 am: Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): Any show ballsy enough to begin its description with “Have you ever loved a mop? Susan-Kate Heaney has…” is worth exploring. Tonight is the debut of this one-woman show at The PIT: Confessions of a Mop-oholic

[$] 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

11:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Paul Hooper, Thomas Dale, and Jason Good performing at The PITfor this comedy club-style (i.e., long set) weekly show hosted by Harrison Greenbaum: The Big One

11:00 pm ($5): Two improv groups competing for audience laughs and votes—yes, like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with less well-known troupes and a game-like challenge component—at Inspirado

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If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my new book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.