NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 10/16/09

October 16, 2009

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Fleetwood Mac is paid comedic homage tonight by razor-sharp sketch comics & storytellers...

Fleetwood Mac is paid comedic homage tonight by razor-sharp sketch comics & storytellers...

...including Kristen Schaal

...including Kristen Schaal

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:

7:00 pm ($10): An assorted of solo show highlights, hosted by Katie Northlich and Taren Sterry, at Mini-Solo Showcase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Brilliant character performer Kate McKinnon (co-star of Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show) playing five very different actresses waiting to hear which of them won an Oscar (keep an eye out for the old lady, who’s one of the funniest characters you’ll see this year, anywhere); and a one-man show by Brent Sullivan, in the double-bill Best Actress and Fag Life

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: One-year anniversary show blowout, with thoroughly wonderful comedic singer/songwriter Shayna Ferm and her band performing an extended set, plus razor-sharp stand-ups Matt McCarthy, Mark Normand, Jesse Popp, and Andy Haynes, at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for Nick Turner’s Too Cool for School

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($34 & 2-item min.): Stand-up who’s performed on HBO, BET, the CW’s Everybody Hates Chris, and Clerks II, headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Earthquake

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Anne Altman (wonderful co-host of Mortified), Poppi Kramer (Winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser), Michael Brill, show co-producers Shawn Hollenbach and Paul Case, and more performing stand-up in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: 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] 9:30 pm ($10): NYC comedy royalty Kristen Schaal & Kurt Braunohler (brilliant sketch comics who have an upcoming TV show), John Flynn (superb comedic storyteller), and other delightful comics paying homage in this one-night-only event to iconic band Fleetwood Mac at The Downtown Superstar Ten Minute Hour

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): Top UCBT talents—including Neil Casey, John Frusciante, Sue Galloway, Jeff Hiller, Anthony King, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Rodgers, Eric Scott, Caitlin Tegart, and Greg Tuculescu—writing and/or performing sketch comedy directed by Will Hines, hosted by lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life), plus music from the lovely Shonali Bhowmik (the S in Variety SHAC), all happening Beneath Gristedes

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 12:20ish am: My favorite open-mic stand-up show, hosted by brilliant & lightning-quick Pete Holmes: Gutbucket

[$] 12:30 am ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) 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, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

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