NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 3/17/11

March 17, 2011

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Becky Drysdale

Beloved ace improvisor Becky Drysdale performs tonight as half of comedy duo "Drysdale & Gausas"

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 ($10): Some of NYC’s top comedic singer/songwriters—Corn Mo, Kimmy Gatewood, Ben Lerman, and Amy Miles—plus ace sketch/improv comic Matt Higgins performing haiku and Joe Schiappa doing poetry—will rock the house in a show hosted by Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings

[TOP PICK] [$] 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 ($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, a sketch show from duo Two Fun Men

8:00 pm ($5): Veteran improvisors Megan Gray & Louis Kornfeld team up to perform as improv duo MegaLou

[$] 8:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.)  A stand-up who’s famed for his improv work on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, and Comedy Central, and currently co-stars on the Nickelodeon comedy series True Jackson VP, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Greg Proops

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): NYC stand-ups Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chapelle’s Show), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), and Sam Morril, plus superb musical guests Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Mike Doughty (Sad Man Happy Man, Soul Coughing), 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 a guest-host (while Sean Patton shares his gifts with other cities): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of the finest improvisors on the planet, Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Let’s Have a Ball, Adsit & Gausas) and Becky Drysdale (Baby Wants Candy, Let’s Have a Ball), debut tonight as a highly promising new duo: Drysdale & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): A terrific all-gal lineup of stand-ups, consisting of Andrea Rosen (HBO’sFlight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, superb one-woman show Ding Dong Meow, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Erin Lennox (razor-sharp rising star, co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sports show, please click here), Ilana Glazer (Jimmy Fallon, Web series Broad City), Kara Klenk, and Sasheer Zamata: Smart Women

10:00 pm ($5): “The Magnet’s premier slow comedy team creates a universe of unique sensation, demonstrations, and displays appealing to the sensible and nervous alike” as improv troupe The Boss

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Tipping a hat to St. Patrick’s day, this Irish-flavored edition features two improv troupes competing for audience laughs and votes as Policemen vs. Leprechauns—including Ben Rodgers as one of the cops—at what’s sure to be an especially raucous installment of Cage Match

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/10/10

November 10, 2010

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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

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): “Remember being a child and learning your lessons from stories read to you by your teachers and parents? Well, grown-ups need lessons too. From sex to relationships to financial stability to parking regulations, there are a host of life issues that need to be navigated. Join Percy Rutherford as he brings to life a collection of fairy tales and fables with morals for adults in this one-man show, plus puppets:” Fairy Tale Theatre, 18 & Over

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT this year: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

Plus “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 (once again) Leslie Meisel in Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films, The Other Guys, comedy CD Come Clean), Nick Turner (co-host of Too Cool for School), Selena Coppock (College Humor, McSweeney’s), and Matt Wayne performing stand-up at at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor)—for a video promo, please click here—at It’s Not That Serious

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Eyton Mirksy (composer for the feature film Happiness), brilliantly funny writer/singer Jessica Delfino (enjoys singing songs about her vagina, as demonstrated by her CD Dirty Folk Rock; created the hilarious and wildly popular YouTube animated short film I Wanna Be Famous; has a cool MySpace page, and an even cooler blog; to get a feel for Jessica’s amazing range and talent, please click here), Eliza Skinner (Conan O’Brien, MTV, genius musical improvisor) Street Seidel (College Humor iconic stand-up), and more performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Adsit & Gausas have virtually become legends as one of the most brilliant and passionate duos in improv comedy for making up theatrical scenes on the spot with breathtaking skill. Scott Adsit is now busy doing other things, but in his place is Becky Drysdale boldly ready to create a whole new era of magic in tonight’s debut of Drysdale & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5 at the door with code PIZZA PIZZA): From” I can sell this show in 10 words or less…pasties, beautiful ladies, hysterical comedy, a house band, and beer…done. The electric trio made up of Jessica Delfino, Diane O’Debra, and Steph Sabelli (who both sing raunchy songs and perform sketch comedy) put on their smashing monthly variety show Skits n Tits that can only be described as hilarious, bad ass, and sexy. Catch some of the hottest up and coming acts in burlesque and comedy.” Tonight’s guests include stand-up Mike Amato plus burlesque stars The Chi-Ciones, all performing in The Bowery Poetry Club at the monthly extravaganza known at Skits ‘n’ Tits

[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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