NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/25/11

March 25, 2011

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Kevin Geeks Out About Dream Sequences

Movie superfans Kevin Maher & Tom Blunt host a not-to-be-missed collection of jaw-dropping film clips: Dream Sequences

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:

7:00 pm ($8): Award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords, while all-gal improvisors Alexis Saarela, Brigid Boyle, Elizabeth Findlay, and Ashley Ward perform as troupe Taco Supreme

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12; buying online highly recommended because this will very likely sell out): An amazing array of oddball haunting film clips, plus a delightful set of guests—ranging from authors to harp players—guide you through some of Hollywood’s worst nightmares and most enchanting fantasies, hosted by movie super-fans Kevin Maher & Tom Blunt at 92 Y Tribeca for a show you’ll probably remember for years to come (whether you want to or not…): Dream Sequences

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  A comedy star who’s snared just about every major credit a comic can—and is a long-time cast member of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Richard Lewis

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Mamrie Hart is a rising star who somehow manages to be razor-sharp yet immensely warm & accessible at the same time. Don’t miss this rare talent, who seems to be getting better every month, with her comedy partner Stephen Soroka performing as Best of Friends in their new sketch show which educates you about how to effectively promote it when you tell all your pals to see it: BoF: It’s Pronounced ‘Boaf’!; and in the other half of this double-bill, a two-man sketch show from Two Fun Men

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the door using code MOON): Star comedic storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing a smart, engaging, and often hilarious one-man show at PS 122 (150 First Avenue off 9th Street ) running through April 2nd: Tom Shillue is Supernormal

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike andMy Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. He’s doing the stage thing again, performing an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Groundbreaking and highly acclaimed improvisors Matt Higgins, Jay Rhoderick, and Kevin Scott performing with a three-piece rock ensemble: Centralia

8:00 pm ($7): “In March of 2009 a gaggle of performers were born. Some died, some wandered off into the woods, others went to work in the private sector. Those that remained grew strong by feeding on the nectar of specific choices and the gruel of strong character work. The 2-year-old terror that exists today is akin to watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Burnese Mountain Dogs. What does it all mean? We don’t know.” In other words, improv from Chet Watkins

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups (lineup not announced) performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue): Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A star stand-up duo—whose numerous comedy credits include starring in their own MTV show Apartment 2F; performing a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; guest-starring in an Emmy-winning episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, on Entourage, on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (as conjoined twins), and FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; and performing in four seasons of ESPN’s Cheap Seats—headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: The Sklar Brothers

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: “Jonathan Blank and Samara Doucette say what everyone else thinks on dates, but never says… so join them and guest comedians as they divulge all of their wildest and most embarrassing dating stories! This monthly storytelling show contains the truth and nothing but the truth. However, most of the stories are more surreal than if David Lynch directed romantic comedies. Everything from wild hookups to emotional breakups are on the table at This is Awkward

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

9:00 pm ($7): Duo improv set in the roarin’ 1920s from David Levin & Alex Marino in The Cousins Zell

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($15): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

11:00 pm ($5): “Actors enter with cell phones, not knowing what the night will hold. Their job: To speak aloud whatever they hear through their earpieces. The phones start to ring and the real-time adventure begins. Spontaneous conversations, narrated journeys, and unique experiences overlap as the night’s theme sporadically emerges: Line One

[FREE] 11:00 pm: A free show featuring stand-up and sketch comedy guests hosted by improv troupe Bad Luck Rising

11:30 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View at Focus

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Hammerkatz NYU and Atomic Age compete for audience laughs and votes, with troupe Sidecar hosting, in Backyard Brawl

[$] 12:30 am ($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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/24/11

March 24, 2011

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Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis headlines tonight through Sunday at Carolines

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:

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.)  A comedy star who’s snared just about every major credit a comic can—and is a long-time cast member of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm—headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Richard Lewis

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey perform an acclaimed sketch show in which “they’re bringing their baggage to the stage and dumping it all on you in Baggage; and in the other half of this double-bill, Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) “takes you through a journey of your first day at Camp Kweebec” in Welcome to Camp!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors Jesse Falcon (Mother) and Rachel Hamilton (30 Rock, Second City) perform as duo Hamilton & Falcon

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the door using code MOON): Star comedic storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing a smart, engaging, and often hilarious one-man show at PS 122 (150 First Avenue off 9th Street ) running through April 2nd: Tom Shillue isSupernormal

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike andMy Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. He’s doing the stage thing again, performing an all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific sketch duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (Leah Rudick and Katie Hartman) host a comedy variety show, with tonight’s stand-up & sketch guests Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing), Nat Towsen (co-host of The Moon Show), Dave and Ethan (Sketchfest NYC), and Andrea Alton as Molly Equality Dykeman (FringeNYC, Miss Fag Hag Pageant, co-host of Mortified) performing at The PIT’s basement lounge: Daddy’s Basement: A Comedy Variety Freakshow

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, amazing & award-winning comedic singer Adira Amram, and stand-ups Pat Stango (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There), Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), and Greg Walloch 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 guest-host Jeffrey Josephs (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three of my favorite musical comedy performers—Jessica Delfino, Ben Lerman, and Jen Kwok—host this show revolving around “brand new songs based on a theme, special guests, surprises, and an improvised jam session featuring all of the evening’s outstanding guests.” Tonight’s theme is Fooled, but don’t let that worry you about being let down by these wonderful talents: Playlist with Jess, Ben, and Jen

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[FREE] 10:00 pm: A free debut screening of a new Web series starring Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, Adam Newman, Peter Aguero, and singer Rachel Cole at The PIT’s basement lounge: Connections

[$] 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): All-star improv troupe The Stepfathers (Michael Delaney, Chris Gethard, Will Hines, Bobby Moynihan, Shannon O’Neill, Silvija Ozols, Andy Secunda, and Zach Woods) competing with stellar troupe The Law Firm for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/28/10

October 28, 2010

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Michael Showalter

Michael Showalter is among the wonderful storytellers at tonight's edition of "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:

6:00 pm ($5): An oddball triple bill of sketch comedy—the potentially quite good Dystopia Gardens, the quite silly EC-comics inspired Orson Welles’ Basement of Terror, and the even way sillier Rob Lathan playlet A Benefit for Permanent Nutface Gary—all at tonight’s UCBT audition show Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are the thoroughly wonderful Michael Showalter (The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer), Starlee Kine (This American Life, The New York Times), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), Nick Prueher (Found Footage Festival), and Keri Heidecker (Freak Magnet)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “The Chase” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (newest member of superb theatrical improv troupeNaked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel host this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; popular blogsNYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Dan Curry (Last Comic Standing), Ben Kissel (Roundtable of Gentlemen), and Jeff Kreisler performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street): John and Molly Get Along

[$] 8:00 pm pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Susie Essman

8:00 pm ($5): The Magnet’s co-owner Armando Diaz performs monologues on the spot and improvisors then act out scenes based on them at The Armando Diaz Experience

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online with code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): NYC stand-ups Vic Henley, Mike Lawrence, Veronica Mosey, Mike Recine, Warren Holstein, and Russ Meneve performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

8:00 pm ($5): A musical sketch comedy show, and a one-woman show about breast cancer, in the double-bill Sing Out, Louie! and Pam Murphy: The C Word

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at Mortified

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killerset on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): In homage to Halloween, UCBT house sketch troupe Thunder Gulch presents aSaturday Night Live-inspired show that stars Frankenstein, Elvira, and Freddy Krueger: Monster Night 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): Vibrant improv troupe The Beatles (Mike Still, Jim Santangeli, Achilles Stamatelaky, and Dan Klein) and genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet (Gavin Speiller, Ben Rodgers, and Jonathan Gabrus) compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/23/10

September 23, 2010

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Todd Barry

Todd Barry (above with Koala bear in cuteness contest) performs tonight with Kurt Braunohler, Ben Lerman, and more at Comedy Below Canal

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:

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A comic perhaps best known for his appearances on celebrity roasts, but who’s also performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, and more, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Jeffrey Ross

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such stellar talents as Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel; and “seemingly unrelated or meaningless episodes of multiple personalities, bizarre delusion, and general perversion, suggesting a deranged mind,” co-written and performed by Paul W. Downs, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

8:00 pm & 9:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($5 at the door, $5.99 per show online): NYC improv and sketch troupes—many of whom perform at The PIT—compete against each other via this unusual annual contest in which each group, regardless of specialty, will perform both improv and sketch…as well as a comedy form known as sketchprov using the Second City routine The Pad. The competition, running through Saturday, is SketchProv

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): Todd Barry (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), hilarious comedic singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, Jiwon Lee, and David Angelo performing at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of CollegeHumor.com, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with stand-ups Sheng Wang, Calise Hawkins, Dan Gurewitch, The Gregory Brother, and hosts Streeter and Jeff—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv troupe Rogue Elephant, which has crushed five opponents in a row, tonight competes with improv troupe Dog Court for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 7/1/10

July 1, 2010

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Dave Hill and Janeane Garofalo

Comedy giants Dave Hill and Janeane Garofalo perform tonight at Comedy Below Canal

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($12): A news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation hosted by by Faith Salie (CBS Sunday Morning), tonight with writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend), and more: The News Distillery

7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): “Some people have amazing stories of wild nights and daring feats. Others have to make it all up. Andy Ross hosts the city’s best stand-ups and storytellers, some presenting written characters, others just characters themselves” in Ochi’s Lounge at Real Characters

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy geniuses Gavin Speiller (Death by Roo RooRogue Elephant), Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, co-host of Cage Match), and Jon Gabrus (Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, The Nights of Our Lives) perform as one of the most hilarious improv trios in NYC:Outlook of the Poet; and two more improv masters, Zach Woods (NBC’s The Office, Reuben Williams) and luminous comedic chameleon Lennon Parham (CBS’ Accidentally on Purpose, Reuben Williams) perform as duo Skinny Business

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($37.50 online or at the box office using discount codeALIEN): Sharp comics and 80 Henson puppets collaborating on a show that’s partly scripted and partly improvised: Stuffed and Unstrung

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A blowout lineup with movie & TV star Janeane Garofalo, comedy genius Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), John Roberts (YouTube star), and Matt Goldich (David Letterman, Comedy Central) at 92Y Tribeca’s Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Todd Barry (HBO,David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Tony Camin, and Amy Miles joining the fresh, sexy, and razor-sharp gals of comedy group Variety SHAC

[$] 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): Two vibrant troupe troupes, Doppelganger and. Belgian Rattlesnake, competing for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 12/18/09

December 18, 2009

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Movie super-fan Kevin Maher delivers an unforgettable collection of hilarious film clips at Kevin Geeks Out: Holiday Grab Bag

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] 7:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Sara Schaefer, Reese Waters, Sean Donnelly, and Nick Cobb, and much more performing in Karma Lounge at this special holiday edition of occasionally uncomfortable comedy from beloved sketch & stand-up comedy hosts Blaine Perry & Pat Stango: Don’t Touch Me There

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A big show gets even bigger tonight when comedy giant Dave Hill debuts an expanded hour-long version of his charming and hilarious one-man show about a musical tour overseas: Dave Hill: Big in Japan

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A glorious collection of hilarious genre film clips from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y Tribeca, which tonight is focused on holiday-themed movies (e.g., a video tribute to tribute to Chanukah, “How He-Man Spent the Holidays”), plus an assortment of Kevin’s flat-out favorites covering such diverse topics as Shakespeare, Godzilla, The Smurfs, Kafka, cupcakes, Batman, and The Harlem Globetrotters, plus free holiday cupcakes and trivia prizes: Kevin Geeks Out: Holiday Grab Bag

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($37 & 2-item min.): A razor-sharp comic and impressionist who’s also a movie star in such classics as The Usual Suspects headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Kevin Pollak

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Terrific stand-ups & comedic storytellers Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, RISK!), Sean Patton (Comedy Central, VH1), Barry Rothbart (MTV, Discovery Channel), Sean Lynch (MTV, Moon Over Oniontown), and more performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($10): A beloved high-concept sketch troupe that delights in exploring silly ideas and wordplay (for example, demonstrating that a caveman and the Cookie Monster sound remarkably alike when saying such things as “Me have problem with subject/verb placement…”) debuts its all-new show for the holidays: Elephant Larry’s Mandated Christmas Event

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-up comics performing stand-up in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

11:00 pm ($5): Ace sketch troupe Olde English, plus comedy guests who are asked to perform entirely new material—who tonight are stand-ups Jamie Kilstein and Roger Hailes, and cartoonist Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball)—at Very Fresh

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 12:20ish am: My favorite open-mic stand-up show, where odd things involving drunk audience members tend to happen at it heads towards 2:00 am, hosted by brilliant & lightning-quick Pete Holmes: Gutbucket

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/20/09

November 20, 2009

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Hundreds of hilarious movies clips are screened tonight in rapid-fire fashion at the not-to-be-missed event Kevin Geeks Out About Dummy Deaths

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:

6:30 pm ($5): An all-gal sketch troupe that was a hit at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, and a one-man show, at this double-bill of auditions for a UCBT prime-time performance slot: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting and Ray Munoz

7:00 pm ($10): A new sketch show from Chris & Rebecca Smith, two members of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team who are married to each other: The New York Smiths

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: One of the finest stand-ups ever, Anthony Jeselnik (staff writer & performer on Jimmy Fallon; HBO, Comedy Central Presents) headlines a show that also includes Liz Miele (Comedy Central), Charlie Kasov (new film Sensitive Guido), and more on a show delivering occasionally uncomfortable comedy in Karma Lounge hosted by beloved sketch & stand-up comedy duo Blaine Perry & Pat Stango: Don’t Touch Me There

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A glorious collection of hundreds of hilarious horror movie clips from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y Tribeca, which tonight is focused on a very odd and uniquely cinematic moment: Kevin Geeks Out About Dummy Deaths

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A delightful comedic cast—Kurt Braunohler, Andrea Rosen, Matt McCarthy & Katina Corrao, Rob Lathan, sketch troupe Pangea 3000, Jill Donnelly, Gabe Liedman, and Nick Ross—performing very silly stage acts in this 2-year anniversary celebration of Eliot & Ilana Glazer’s High School Talent Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A new sketch show from highly talented husband & wife comedy team Tim Girrbach & Alicia Levy about “The journey of two unlikely hip-hop stars to the top of the charts told through the people who made them—managers, stylists, choreographers, optometrists. Written and preformed by Alicia & Tim, and directed and choreographed by Wendy Seyb: Paired Up and Pumpin’

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: A blowout gathering of comedic talent, including Livia Scott (magical comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien), Donald Glover (writer for 30 Rock; NBC’s Community, co-writer/co-star of film Mystery Team), Timmy Williams (IFC’s Whitest Kids U Know), Dave Rosinski (Animal Planet’s The Dave Rosinski Show), Travis Irvine (Jay Leno), and Neal “The Real Deal” Stastny (original host of E’s Talk Soup) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) One of the most popular contestants on Last Comic Standing, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ralphie May

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-up comics performing stand-up in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe focusing on our favorite city: Centralia: The New York Show

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

11:00 pm ($10): Chuck Armstrong and Charlie Stockman, a sketch comedy duo from Seattle, performing a short run at The PIT while visiting NYC: Charles

11:00 pm ($5): Ace sketch troupe Olde English, plus comedy guests who are asked to perform entirely new material, at Very Fresh

[TOP PICK] ($5) 12:20ish am: UCBT female comics take over the stage for “a safe, supportive environment where fans of the Twilight saga can celebrate their love for these dazzling, perfect, beautiful works of film and literature:” Twihards Anonymous: A Meeting of Twilight Addicts

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