NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 4/22/10

April 22, 2010

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Comedy stars Janeane Garofalo and Wyatt Cenac headline 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 $10 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas, The BEATdown), Leslie Goshko (Sideshow Goshko), Martin Dockery (The Surprise), Cyndi Freeman (Stories at the Creek), and Ryan Paulson (Pentecostal Wisconsin)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “The End: When Something, Anything, Is Over” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

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): 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) invites her best friends to perform with her—who tonight include superb comics and musicians Livia Scott, Andrea Rosen, Ben Lerman, Diane O’Debra, Frank Peffercorn, and Juliet Jeske—at a rock ‘n roll party of a show at The Slipper Room that’s likely to be a blast: Besties

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): TV & movie comedy stars Janeane Garofalo and Wyatt Cenac, plus Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show), and musical guests Spec Boogie and DJ Brainchild, performing at 92Y Tribeca: Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with superb stand-ups Kumail Nanjiani, Thomas Middleditch, Matt McCarthy, and more—at CollegeHumor Live

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Vibrant improv troupes Reuben Williams and The Stamp & Coin Club compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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