NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 8/13/11

August 13, 2011

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The Blanks

An a cappella quartet that became TV comedy stars performs for one night only at the Highline Ballroom: The Blanks...

Garfunkel & Oates

...and comedic musical duo Riki Lindhome & Kate Micucci conclude their run tonight at Gotham Comedy as "Garfunkel & Oates"

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] One of the most magical events in NYC, the annual Del Close Improv Marathonwill run continuously from 4:30 pm on Friday August 12th until 9:30ish pm on Sunday August 14th. Improv troupes from all around the US and Canada—New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Austin, Miami, Columbus, Cleveland, Detroit, Phoenix, Raleigh, Toronto, Vancouver, and more—will perform over 150 shows, typically in 30 minute blocks, for 55+ hours. Tickets will be $25 for the entire weekend—an incredible bargain. Paul Scheer said several  years ago the appropriate charge would be around $600, and he mostly wasn’t kidding.

As in past years, the only down side is way more patrons than available space, which will cause long waits to get into the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre at 307 West 26th Street, which seats about 150. However, the congestion will be somewhat eased by three additional venues just a couple of blocks from UCBT: The Hudson Guild Theatre at 441 West 26th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues), which seats 99; Urban Stages at 259 West 30th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), which seats 74; and the Fashion Institute of Technology Kate Murphy Amphitheatre at corner West 27th Street & 7th Avenue, which seats 280. To learn more, please click here.

That said, there are other comedy shows happening this weekend too. The most notable of them include:

[FREE] 5:00 pm: An open-mic stand-up show hosted by the hilarious Dan St. Germain and Mike Lawrence at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: The Woodshed

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($25 plus $10 food/drink min. at tables): A popular comedic a cappella quartet & sketch group that sung frequently in the TV series Scrubs, and that’s released the albumRiding the Wave (for samples, please click here and here and here) performing for one night only at the Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street, off Ninth Avenue): The Blanks

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are an adorably dark comedy folk duo who have appeared on such network TV shows on Scrubs and Jay Leno (to check out their videos, please click here); and they’re headlining one last night at the Gotham Comedy Club via their stage names Garfunkel & Oates

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Karen Kilgariff (Mr. Show; head writer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show) celebrates the release of her superb comedy music CD Behind You with stand-ups Tony Camin, Ross Hyzer, and host Sean Crespo at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for producer Carol Hartsell’s Karen Kilgariff’s CD Release Party

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, director/co-writer of Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, hilarious shorts with Pete Holmes for Front Page Films, national TV ads as Verizon FIOS guy, feature film The Other Guys), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central, MTV), Pat O’Shea (host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), and Kerri Lendo (big in Austin) performing stand-up at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Kara Klenk and Nick Turner: If You Build It

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) A comic who won Last Comic Standing Season 3, has performed on Jay Leno, and starred in his own Showtime one-hour special Who’s Paying Attention?, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Alonzo Bodden

[FREE—plus FREE BEER!] 8:00 pm: A variety show of stand-up, storytelling, and sketch that’s not only free, but promises to give each of the first 25 audience members who arrive a free beer! Unfortunately, the lineup hasn’t been announced; but if you’d care to take a chance, join hosts Ray Combs Jr., Evan Jacobs, and Aalap Patel as they provide you a drink On the House

9:00 pm ($7): “Strange, mysterious, beautiful, and disgusting, this show will dazzle you with sketch comedy… and magic!” from witchy duo Angela DeManti & Emily Shapiro: The Weird Sisters

9:30 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($8): NYC’s heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, which provides odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy—and won last year’s ECNY Award for Best Sketch Group—performing this monthly show at The PIT’s downstairs lounge: Murderfist

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, fast-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience interaction and audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

10:30 pm ($7): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney as comedy duo Trike

[FREE] Midnight: NYC stand-ups in a late-night talk show format at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Michael Che: Michael Che’s Community Service

[FREE] Midnight: A weekly chance for you to shine, as students and veteran improvisors share the stage to form “rare and wonderful one-night-only teams,” with sign-up starting at 11:30 pm: Magnet Mixer

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