NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 10/2/10

October 2, 2010

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Dave Hill, Moby, Phil Costello, and Tomato rock out tonight as heavy metal-ish band Diamondsnake

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[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony, and who performed his own HBO special I Swear To God, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($32.40 online if you use code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): The co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You and It’s Called A Breakup Because It’s Broken, and star of HBO’s Mantastic, headlining tonight at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Greg Behrendt

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm & 11:45 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) An Emmy Award-winning writer for The Daily Show, and creator & star of the new HBO Web series Got No Game, headlining at the Gotham Comedy Club: Paul Mecurio

9:00 pm ($10): UCBT house improv troupe Ragnaröck subs for Death by Roo Roo for one night only, “taking your most embarrassing and horrifying stories” and turning them into improv fun:Scarred for Life

9:00 pm ($7): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($12): This acclaimed 10-year-and-counting sketch troupe has “amassed a cultish following and a cast who blindly throw themselves into the most questionable of onstage situations, bless their black little hearts….join them for a hilariously unsettling look at growing older, having children, killing your dreams, and settling.” For examples of the troupe’s work, please clickhere and here, and then come see Spurn

[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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($12 at the door, $14.55 online): Dave Hill and friends—who include Moby and Phil Costello—rock out for a serious heavy metal-ish set, but tinged with their special brand of offbeat humor (for a sample, please click here), joined tonight by the wonderful Corn Mo, at The Mercury Lounge (217 East Houston Street): Diamondsnake

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

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

Midnight ($5): Mike Lawrence, Laura Snell, Justin Lang, Brian Meece, and Mr. Whitepants “celebrate the seedy and urbane life in America; think of us as The Prairie Home Companion, just a little more fucked up:” Andy Rocco’s Underground Americana

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