NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 9/17/11

September 17, 2011

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Ted Alexandro

World-class stand-up Ted Alexandro headlines tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club...

John Hodgman

...and John Hodgman is among the stars at tonight's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

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:

[FREE] 4:00 pm: An unusually early weekly open-mic stand-up show at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by RG Daniels & Jared Fried: It Starts at 4

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm-11:00 pm ($10-$20): Top comics from NYC and elsewhere gather tonight, via five different shows in Brooklyn’s Bell House and Union Hall, for this weekend’s Fourth Annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisors Joe Bill, Ed Herbstman, Becky Drysdale, Kay Cannon, Christina Gausas, and other stellar performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and legendary Chicago improv institutions—at UCB West all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

7:30 pm ($7): Improv veterans Mark Grenier, Louis Kornfeld, and Charlie Whitcroft making up a play on the spot at The Magnet: Theory of Everything

7:30 pm ($10): UCBT Harold Night improv troupe Airwolf makes stuff up at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Airwolf: Let’s Go Back to Your Place

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): One of the very finest stand-ups in the country who’s performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, andThe View, starred in two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials, and frequently opens for Louis C.K., headlining one last night at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ted Alexandro

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Nick Vatterott, Michael Che, Jason Good, and a “super secret guest” (am not sure, but am guessing he’s pale and his last name sort of rhymes with “Laugh-Again”) performing stand-up at One and One (76 1st Street, corner of First Avenue) at the return of Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Ben Lerman (sly, raunchy comedic singer/songwriter), 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), Pat O’Shea (host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), and George Gordon performing at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Ray DeVito, Ben Kronberg, Nick Cobb, and Tim Dimond: Shoot the Shite

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): One of the gutsiest and most hilarious troupes in comedy history—with honors including being Cage Match Champion for three years in a row, and winning the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Improv Group—UCBwest’s genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, wonderful comedic singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm, and stand-ups Dan Soder, Sheng Wang, and Damien Lemon performing at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B) hosted by Kara Klenk and Nick Turner: If You Build It

9:00 pm ($7): Sharp improvisors from a sharp comedy town beyond NYC and Chicago: ImprovBoston Mainstage

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm & 11:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): Dean Edwards, David Foster, and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club

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 and now at The PIT: Political Subversities

[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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Comedy from a duo that walks the line between sketch and stand-up, plus tonight’s stand-up guest Danny Soloman, performing at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City: Team Submarine and Friends

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Ben Rodgers, Charlie Todd, Jim Santangeli, and other stellar improvisors interview an audience member about where he or she grew up and then create an entire show based on the mini-bio at UCBwest’s The Curfew: Not From Around Here

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($7): A sharp musical improv troupe makes up stories with song and dance based on an audience suggestion at The Magnet’s Choral Rage

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): “Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura is on the ground in New York City, and he’s assembled a team of investigative experts to uncover the biggest conspiracy yet. The New World Order might keep Conspiracy Theory off the air, but we take the action outside the ring and straight to the people…because the they can cancel a TV show, but they can’t cancel the truth,” with James Adomian as Jesse Ventura, Anthony Atamanuik as David Icke, John Gemberling as Sirhan Sirhan, plus Rob Lathan (Conan O’Brien), Henry Zebrowski (Murderfist), and Zach Broussard doing crazy shit at UCB East (155 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B): Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura

[FREE] Midnight: UCB West Harold Night house improv troupes Very Good Kiss and Mr. Crime making stuff up past their bedtime at Saturday Night Slumer Party

[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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