NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/15/10

January 15, 2010

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Comedy dynamo Shannon O'Neill plays a variety of criminally insane inmates in the debut of Prison Freaks: A Talent 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] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill debuting her extravaganza about an annual talent show in “Charlie Sheen Prison, the only talent show starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; and disarmingly charming comedy duo Mamrie Hart and Stephen Soroka performing silly skits and—most memorably—tackling the news on the fly based on audience requests, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and BoF in This Old Thing

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Brilliant comedic singer/songwriter Mindy Raf (VH1, College Humor), Myq Kaplan (The Tonight Show, Comedy Central Presents), John F. O’Donnell (Comedy Central), Micah Sherman, and Nick Vatterott performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for host Nick Turner’s and new co-host Jason Saenz ‘s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Stellar singer/songwriter Ben Lerman, and sharp NYC stand-ups Leah Dubie, Jamie Lee, Lisa Kaplan, and Chris Doucette, performing 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

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

11:00 pm ($5): Ace sketch troupe Olde English, plus comedy guests who are asked to perform entirely new material, at what might their last UCBT show for a while: Very Fresh: The Finale

11:00 ($5): NYC’s heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, providing odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy…and for tonight promises all-new material: Murderfist: Late and Dirty

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 12:20ish am: My favorite open-mic stand-up show, where odd things involving drunk audience members tend to happen at it heads towards 2:00 am, hosted by brilliant & lightning-quick Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of Punch Up Your Life): Gutbucket

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