NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 5/28/09

May 28, 2009

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Doug Benson

Doug Benson

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:

a simulated book club discussion of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons—mixed with improvised scenes and audience participation!—at The Bibliophiles Appreciation Consortium (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus a summer musical comedy written and co-starring Leslie Korein & Marcy Jarreau, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Girl Camp (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] one of the sharpest stand-up comics in the world—who became a star on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and in 2007 released his version of consumer reporting via a pothead documentary titled Super High Me—headlining at Carolines through Sunday: Doug Benson (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] brilliant improvisors Tara Copeland and James Eason leading a semi-revival of legendary troupe Mother in this new Magnet show: Sleepover (8:00 pm),

[$] absurdist cult fave sketch comedy troupe Spurn (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] Adira Amram (brilliantly funny, sexy, rising star writer/singer), Timmy Williams (member of star sketch troupe & IFC TV show Whitest Kids U’ Know), Adam Newman (CMT’s Prankville’d, VH1’s Best Week Ever blog, co-host of Street Meat), Robin Gelfenbein (funny, charming singer/songwriter; former writer for Rosie O’Donnell), Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo Network, here! TV, Sirius OutQ), and Sue Funke (VH1, Funny.com) performing at a weekly variety show in the East Village hosted by sharp dark comedy stand-up Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender (8:30ish pm),

[$] Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo playing book authors offering sage advice to Jewish singles—with tonight’s interview guest Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon)— at Ronna & Beverly’s All Jew Revue (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comics God’s Pottery, Baron Vaughn, Thomas Middleditch, and more at a show where a very popular comedy site’s talents come out from behind the Net: CollegeHumor.com, Live on Stage (9:30 pm),

[$] 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, tonight headlining at Carolines: Paul Mooney (10:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and two vibrant improv troupes, Death by Roo Roo and Robber Baron, in a battle to win audience laughs & votes at the raucous Cage Match (11:00 pm).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/20/09

February 20, 2009

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Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

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] one of the finest improv duos to grace an NYC stage, reunited after a long hiatus: The Mantzoukas Brothers (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus sketch comedy duo Nick Kocher & Brian McElhaney performing a science fiction farce, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and The Infinity Prison (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a star stand-up comic who’s performed on David Letterman, Jay Leno, and his own HBO special, has been called one of the best joke writers in America, and is headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Emo Philips (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] a brilliant comedy superstar headlining at Carolines: Patton Oswalt (8:00 pm & 10:30 pm), terrific stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg, Kara Buller, Poppy Kramer, Anne Necyzpor, and Mike Singer at a gay-themed comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 pm),

ace sketch troupe Olde English—and unannounced guests—performing all-new material for a show that’s Very Fresh (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and awesome improv troupe Five Dudes (Eugene Cordero, Chris Gethard, Bobby Moynihan, Charlie Sanders, and Zach Woods) teaming up with troupe Thank You Robot for The Thank You Robot Second Anniversary Spectacular (12:20ish am).

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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/14/08

November 14, 2008

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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks marked by brackets) include:

[MEGA-TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, and 30 Rock actor Anthony Atamanuik delivering another brilliant one-man show, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Pissing My Pants on Vine (8:00 pm),

a gay-themed stand-up comedy show hosted by Jenny Rubin: The Back Room (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers (9:30 pm),

singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical (10:00 pm),

a sketch show (with some improv thrown in) from the superb stars of Derrick (11:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] and UCBT’s free monthly open-mic stand-up show, where deliciously odd things tend to happen around 1:30 am, hosted by lightning-quick & hilarious Pete Holmes (Comedy Central, VH1; one of the finest comics in the country) at Gutbucket (12:20ish am).

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