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Best Comedian New York 2010 - Kristen Schaal

Readers' Choice: Murray Hill

Earlier this year, Kristen Schaal, who is probably best known as the stalker fan Mel on Flight of the Conchords, was invited for the first time to the Late Show With David Letterman, to discuss her small role in Dinner for Schmucks. To say Dave liked her would be an understatement: It was a nonstop gigglefest between the two as Schaal, in her signature kooky, high-pitched voice, told tales of growing up on a farm in Longmont, Colorado, working at FAO Schwarz as a peppermint twist, and playing bit parts in films ("When I say I've done six films, I'm usually in each of them for about one minute. So I've done almost 10 minutes of feature-film work"). Lucky for us, the talented comedian—who has performed in festivals and at comedy clubs all over the world and won numerous accolades for her stand-up—has remained true to her alt-comedy roots, regularly delighting audiences right here as a co-host of the weekly variety show Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristen at the performance space Littlefield and as a member of the improv team Big Black Car at the Peoples Improv Theater. She's also a founding member of the Striking Viking Story Pirates, a program that turns stories written by NYC schoolchildren into theatrical productions. Why this lady hasn't had hours of feature-film work yet is beyond us—but whatever offers come her way in the future, we selfishly hope none of them lure her to L.A.

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