NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/21/09

November 21, 2009

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Tonight the Magnet Theatre hosts the debut of Pope: The Musical

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): Sketch duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman performing sketch comedy following an acclaimed run at this August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

7:00 pm ($10): The debut of a musical about “a pious Pope framed for a crime he didn’t commit…betrayal, Holy War, foot-stompin’ musical numbers” and everything else it takes “to entertain the Hell right out of you” in Pope: The Musical

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Stand-ups presumably doing comic book related material at the debut of a comedy show set one of NYC’s best comic book stores, Jim Hanley’s Universe, with terrific guests & comics fans Matt McCarthy, Timmy Williams, Jared Logan, Team Submarine, and more: Comedy Night at Hanley’s

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, Conan O’Brien, and more joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10 suggested donation): Superb stand-ups & comedic storytellers Sara Benincasa, Brooke Van Poppelen, H. Alan Scott, Mike Lawrence, Julia Segal, and more performing at Karma Lounge for a show produced by Jamie Lee benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) One of the most popular contestants on Last Comic Standing, headlining tonight and Sunday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ralphie May

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC comics Erik Bergstrom, Robert Dean, and Blaine Perry perform stand-up and are then interviewed about their personal lives at Matt Ruby’s and Mark Normand’s “comedy chat show with boundary issues” at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: We’re All Friends Here

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest comedy troupe in NYC, genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($20): Superb stand-up comics Tom Shillue, Kumail Nanjiani, Baron Vaughn, Wyatt Cenac, and Jiwon Lee, plus singer/songwriter PT Walkley—and free beer!—at acclaimed monthly comedy showcase Moonwork

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): 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): The Harvard Sailing Team

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code BECKYD, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award this August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein, who’ve formed the new troupe Trike

12:00 am ($5): The debut of a show that “challenges what audiences find taboo or offensive:” FUCT

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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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 11/19/09

November 19, 2009

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Genius comedic character actor Nick Kroll performs stand-up tonight at CollegeHumor Live!

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:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): A spectacular triple bill of shows auditioning to receive a slot on UCBT’s prime time schedule—all for a mere five bucks: Andree Vermeulen’s one-woman show, Orson Welles’ Basement of Terror, and Sex Lives of Disney Princesses

7:00 pm ($10): Chuck Armstrong and Charlie Stockman, a sketch comedy duo from Seattle, debuting their show at The PIT: Charles

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 being ironically self-deprecating, and sketch troupe Sidecar performing bits about the end of the world, in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and Sidecarmageddon

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Your last chance to enjoy delightful sketch comedy & musical duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park performing their new comedy show for its current run at The PIT: An Evening with Ellis & Park

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

9:00 pm ($10): Red-hot rising star Baron Vaughn hosts a stand-up show with superb comics Leo Allen, Jamie Lee, Julian McCullough, and “a surprise guest” at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Nick Kroll, Hannibal Buress, Dan Levy, and more at the stage version of a popular comedy Web site: CollegeHumor Live!

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

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 11/18/09

November 18, 2009

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Hilariously inventive comic Brett Gelman is part of a blowout lineup tonight at Big Terrific

Hilariously inventive comic Brett Gelman is part of a blowout lineup tonight at Big Terrific

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] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

6:30 pm ($5): Superb comic Patrick Borelli auditioning a one-man show, plus a sketch show debut, in the double-bill You Should Judge a Book by Its Cover and Last Show Ever

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightfully quirky monthly storytelling show in which comics and comedic yarn-spinners are asked to reveal aspects of themselves that are odd and unusual—and that includes such carnival elements as an accordion player, and a challenging trivia contest for someone in the audience to win a bottle of wine. Tonight’s performers are Martin Dockery (Moth Slam Champion), Jenna Brister (Moth Slam Champion), Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez (1001 Nights), Selena Coppock (Boston Comedy Festival), and thoroughly charming and razor-sharp host Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT): Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb writer/comics Andrew WK, Matt McCarthy, Michelle Collins, and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[FREE] 8:00: NYC comedic musicians and stand-ups the Manson Family Singers, Leah Dubie, H. Alan Scott, M. Dickson, and Calvin Cato performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: A blow-out gathering of top stand-ups—Brett Gelman, Leo Allen, Glenn Wool, Ali Wong, and Nikki Glaster—performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Adam Wade, Curtis Gwinn, Jeff Hiller, Mark Normand, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Teachers:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly, but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Tuesday 11/17/09

November 17, 2009

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Care Bears on Fire performs with Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Jonathan Ames, and other luminous talents at More Than You Expected

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($10): Comedy from brilliant stand-ups Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman; readings from razor-sharp storytellers Jonathan Ames, Starlee Kine, and Rick Moody; and music from Care Bears on Fire will provide entertainment at The Highline adding up to More Than You Expected

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comic book creator Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir), comics journalist Brian Heater (The Daily Cross Hatch), and sketch comedy star & comics fan Timmy Williams (The Whitest Kids U Know) joining in on a lively & hilarious discussion about four-color pop culture at Comic Book Club

8:00 pm to midnight ($5): Four full hours of improv for only five bucks—tonight featuring UCBT house troupes The Bishop, Robber Baron, Badman, Bastian, and People People, followed by UCBT advanced students improvising a movie—all at Harold Night

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Glenn Wool (superb UK comedy star), Patrick Borelli (fun surreal alt comic), Adam Lowitt (producer for The Daily Show), and Gabe Liedman and (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at the Housingworks Bookstore Cafe for a free weekly show hosted by brilliant stand-ups Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim) and Pete Holmes (Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever, ComedyJuice, The New Yorker): Punch Up Your Life

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show, former host on Air America Radio, Shoot the Messenger), Cock Lorge (raunchy comedic singer/songwriter), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), and more performing at The Slipper Room for the LES weekly show hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

9:30 pm ($5): An adorable musical comedy duo debuts their new show: Pembroke and Lu

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Free open-mic stand-up show that’s seldom much fun for audience members but is a nice opportunity if you want 4-5 minutes to test out your comedy material on stage: Bring It

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Monday 11/16/09

November 16, 2009

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Laugh for Sight

Comedy giants John Oliver, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos, Robert Klein, and more perform tonight at the charity event Laugh for Sight

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 & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 7:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Sean Donnelly, Josh Homer, Adam Luicidi, Steve Bossus, and Harry Tuman performing at a free weekly show in the Manchester Pub hosted by Phoebe Robinson: Case of the Mondays Comedy

8:00 pm ($5): The talented young writer/performers of UCBT scripted comedy house troupes Slow Burn and High Treason try out their newest sketch material at Maude Night

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Razor-sharp Saturday Night Live writers Hannibal Burress, Bryan Tucker, and Colin Jost, and musical guest Supercute (Rachel Trachtenburg of the wonderful Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), all performing in the Lolita Bar with producer Liam McEneaney at Tell Your Friends

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($35 & two-drink minimum): An annual charity event for eye research held at the Gotham Comedy Club, with the lineup for this year’s benefit including comedy titans John Oliver, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos, Robert Klein, Bonnie McFarlane, Eddie Brill, and John Morrison: Laugh For Sight

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Some of the finest stand-ups in the country hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central) at Whiplash

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Sunday 11/15/09

November 15, 2009

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Colin Quinn 3

Star stand-up Colin Quinn headlines tonight at Carolines

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10) and 9:30 pm [FREE]: UCBT’s signature improv comedy extravaganza, which typically includes stars in the improv world, and sometimes even TV & movie stars such as Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz: ASSSCAT 3000

[FREE] 7:30ish pm: Sharp stand-ups Roger Hailes, Dan Hirshon, Mike O’Gorman, and more performing at a free weekly LES show at Pianos hosted by Greg Johnson: The Comedians

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) The former star of Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn headlining this one final night at Carolines: Colin Quinn

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Wyatt Cenac, Kevin Barnett, and more performing stand-up at this weekly event at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, hosted by comedy giant Eugene Mirman (who recently released a new comedy album, God Is a Twelve Year Old Boy With Asperger’s; for a fun recent Village Voice write-up, please click here): Tearing the Veil of Maya

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb comics Baron Vaughn, Amy Schumer, Brooke Van Poppelen, DC Benny, Matt Mccarthy, and Vince Averill celebrating the one-year anniversary of RG Daniels’ free weekly show at the Three of Cups East Village lounge: Sunday Night Stand-Up

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Star stand-up Christian Finnegan, plus fine comics Ann Carr, John Knefel, Jay Welch, and John F. O’Donnell, performing in the East Village’s Beauty Bar at Vince Averill’s & Jesse Popp’s free weekly show Beauty Bar Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: An all-gal lineup of fine stand-ups Jamie Lee, Leah Dubie, Robin Fox, and Allison Castillo performing at a free weekly gay-themed show at Therapy hosted by Brad Loekle: Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour

[$] 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 at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 11/14/09

November 14, 2009

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Larry Miller headlines tonight at the Comix Comedy Club

Larry Miller headlines tonight at the Comix Comedy Club

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:

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Star improvisation from writers & performers at 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, Conan O’Brien, and more joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) The former star of Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn headlining tonight and Sunday at Carolines: Colin Quinn

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($37 & 2-item min.): A star actor who’s performed in over 50 films and TV shows, and an exceptionally sharp stand-up, headlining tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Larry Miller

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Gay comics Jackie Monahan, Michael Brill, William Mullin, and Brandy Rowell, and host Shawn Hollenbach telling personal & funny “coming out” tales at Closet Cases

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): The gutsiest comedy troupe in NYC, genius improvisors Death by Roo Roo

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): 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): The Harvard Sailing Team

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:30 pm ($15 both online and at the door using discount code BECKYD, otherwise $20): A Chicago-based troupe that’s wowed audiences around the world with their skill at creating a completely improvised hour-long musical. The plot and characters, the musical accompaniment; even the song lyrics and the “choreography” are made up on the spot, with no pre-planned structure. Come see why BWC won a FringeNYC Award this August for Outstanding Unique Theatrical Event at the magical Baby Wants Candy

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein, who’ve formed the new troupe Trike

12:00 am ($5): One of the most fascinating performers in comedy debuting his own comedy extravaganza, with guests Shannon O’Neill, Zach Woods, Neil Casey, Will Hines, and musical group The Kung Fu Monkeys: The Chris Gethard Show

[$] 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 Friday 11/13/09

November 13, 2009

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Brilliant writer/actress Amy Heidt brings one of the very finest & funniest shows at this year's FringeNYC to UCBT tonight via the revival of her one-woman show Dominate Yourself!

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] 6:30 pm ($5): One of the very best productions at this August’s spectacular FringeNYC Festival, Amy Heidt’s one-woman show (for my review, please click here), debuts tonight at UCBT for a mere five bucks—and is paired with a new one-woman show from UCBT star Shannon O’Neill!—in the double-bill bargain of the evening: Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and Shannon O’Neil: Prison Freaks—A Talent Show

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Wearing wigs and waistcoats, extraordinarily quick-witted improvisors Neil Reynolds and Matt Tucker portray “two of America’s angriest founders: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr” and the events leading up to their historic duel—while crafting deliciously silly scenes. For example, when the duo performed during the magical Del Close Improv Marathon in 2007, Burr proposed a law declaring US land as “international waters” so he’d have more freedom to sleep with married women. When Hamilton thwarted him, the villain seceded and declared his body his own country, “the United State of Burr.” These Boston-based improvisors are among the sharpest in the country, and it’s thrilling that they’re gracing NYC for this one night only with their unique themed improv. Expect something quite special at Code Duello: Hamilton &. Burr

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) The former star of Comedy Central’s much-missed Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Colin Quinn

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($37 & 2-item min.): A star actor who’s performed in over 50 films and TV shows, and an exceptionally sharp stand-up, headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Larry Miller

[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’

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Rob Cantrell, Aparna Nancherla, Neal Stastny, Seaton Smith, and Michael Lawrence performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Top UCBT talents—tonight featuring Jeff Hiller, Fran Gillespie, Nate Lang, Jim Santangeli, Mike Still, and Andree Vermeulen as the performers, and Neil Casey, John Frusciante, Dan Gregor, Dan Gurewitch, Anthony King, Craig Rowin, Eric Scott, Nate Smith, Caitlin Tegart, and Greg Tuculescu as the writers—creating a one-night-only sketch comedy show directed by Will Hines, and hosted by rising star stand-up Hannibal Burress (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central): Beneath Gristedes

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

[$] 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 11/12/09

November 12, 2009

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Jessica Delfino

Jessica Delfino will demonstrate she's one of NYC's most charismatic performers at her one-night-only show Dirty Folk Rock

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:

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Brilliant, sexy, raunchy, and hilarious singer/songwriter Jessica Delfino performing the show that garnered sold-out audiences at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival for one night only at Ars Nova: Jessica Delfino’s Dirty Folk Rock

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 being ironically self-deprecating, and sketch troupe Sidecar performing bits about the end of the world, in the double-bill Pangea 3000 Sucks and Sidecarmageddon

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10):The increasingly gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen demands attention in a new one-woman show that’s the best work she’s ever done: Smart, honest, fresh, charismatic, hilarious—and not to be missed. (To get a feel for Brooke’s previous work, please click here and here.) Then Mara Herron combines personal storytelling with hip-hop dancing (for Mara’s views on drugs, please click here) in this final performance of the double-bill Brooke Van Poppelen: So-Low Show and Mara Herron: Fly Girl

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Delightful sketch comedy & musical duo Tim Ellis and Matthew Park performing what’s sure to be a very fun show: An Evening with Ellis & Park

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces” in The Deconstruction

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb stand-ups Hannibal Buress, Kurt Braunohler, Rob Cantrell, and Hari Kondabolu joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

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

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