NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/18/10

November 18, 2010

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Cartoonists for The New Yorker do battle with their quick wits and drawing skills at Fisticuffs...

Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

...while Patrick Cassels & Jeff Rubin explore the worst game-based films of all time in Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

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 ($24.50 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presentsspecial, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (including Invincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[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 hilarious comedy stars as Lennon Parham (from LA via Skype video) and Leslie Meisel (Love Sucks a Dick…), and the show’s writer/director Chris Kelly (and barring last-minute client emergencies, I may finally get to see this tonight): Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying!; plus rounding out this double-bill, “pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world:” Billy Eichner Goes Pop!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): One of comedy’s most beloved and delightful duos, married couple Mary Archbold and Pay Shay, performing as guests on a hip-hop parody show: Squirm and Germ

8:00 pm ($8): 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

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Brilliantly talented cartoonists for The New Yorker and national comic strips compete for audience applause as they employ their quick wits and drawing skills to meet various comedic challenges in this wonderful show featuring David Sipress (The New Yorker), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball and The New Yorker), Paul Noth (Pale Force and The New Yorker), Matthew Diffee (The Rejection Collection), Zach Kanin (The New Yorker) and Drew Dernavich (The Cartoon Lounge)—plus a musical guest—all at Fisticuffs!

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Kurt Braunohler, Livia Scott, Julian McCullough, Jamie Kilstein, Collette Priester & Rodney DeGiles, and more performing at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) for a show produced by Carol Hartsell: Lasers in the Jungle

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Patrick Cassels and Jeff Rubin, who write for College Humor and co-host the online video game talk show Bleep Bloop, explore the worst game-based movies of all time, with clips from Super Mario Bros, Mortal Kombat, and many more in what’s likely to be an unforgettably funny journey into the deliciously awful: Bad Videogame Movies: The Definitive History

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Round 2 of a beloved annual November tradition—Pat Baer’s 3-on-3 Improv Tournament

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