NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 10/9/09

October 9, 2009

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Melanie Hamlett tells amazing tales of cross-country adventures this summer in her live-in truck (and unique bed) at The Hobo Show

Melanie Hamlett tells amazing tales of cross-country adventures this summer in her live-in truck (and unique bed) at The Hobo Show

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 ($10): Sketch duo Leah Rudick & Katie Hartman perform an acclaimed show that played at this August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): From a comic Time Out New York says delivers “categorically pitch- perfect one-man comedy” comes this one-man show: “When Ryan Paulson moved to New York City he was a husky boy. And he’d never had sex. Even with himself. How did this happen? Well, he grew up speaking in tongues in an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist church. But now he’s taking a crash course in sex, alcohol and self-pleasure. And it’s going pretty well…other than regularly being condemned to hell on MySpace:” Ryan Paulson: I’m Uncomfortable

[FREE] 8:00 pm: “This is the theme show that says FU! to all other theme shows: Straight white American male non-skinny non-religious non-musical comics.” Terrific stand-ups Sean Patton (Comedy Central, VH1) Jared Logan ((Comedy Central), Pat Stango (Don’t Touch Me There), Sean O’Connor (NPR’s This American Life), and Zack Sims are the lineup at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s one-night-only closed tent event Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at gay-themed show The Back Room

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: Unique, hilarious, and endearing Melanie Hamlett (Moth GrandSlam Champion) spent this summer traveling cross-country in her barely functioning truck to have adventures only she could have. Come tonight to experience some of the best of the tales (complete with photos), as well as the stories behind the stories reported on Melanie’s amazing blog. Plus joining Melanie will be four of the finest storytellers in NYC: Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, host of—crossed fingers—TV version of The Liar Show), Kevin Allison (brilliant sketch comic of The State, host of Risk!), Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College), and John Flynn (co-star of UCBT genius storytelling show The Nights of Our Lives) at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: The Hobo Show—A Narcoleptic’s Return

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, plus red-hot stand-up Kumail Nanjiani (writer/performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up) and Trevor Williams (CollegeHumor) joining sketch troupe Olde English for a monthly show that promises to deliver all-new material: Very Fresh

[FREE] 12:20ish am: A free opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at Liquid Courage

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