NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/22/10

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Movie super-fan Kevin Maher delivers an unforgettable collection of hilarious film clips at Kevin Geeks Out: Visions of the Future

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 ($5): In this fun new show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

7:00 pm ($10): Michael O’Brien (SNL) and Lyndsay Hailey (iO Chicago) performing a mix of improv and sketch for one night only as Big White Angels

7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups & storytellers Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Slam champion, Sideshow Goshko), Adrienne Iapalucci, Justin Murray, Sassi, and Brian Bromberg, plus musical guest Adam Dunstan, all performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Calvin S. Cato’s Nouveau Poor

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Stand-ups Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Sean Donnelly, and Steve Bossous; sketch comedy from Roger Hailes, and hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry; musical group Fortress of Attitude; the debut of a new short film in 3-D; and much more at Karma Lounge for this occasionally oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A glorious collection of hilarious genre film clips from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y Tribeca, which tonight is focused on an irresistible topic…to get a feel for it, please click here: Kevin Geeks Out: Visions of the Future
Please Note: Since this morning’s posting, Kevin’s show has entirely sold out, including standby tickets. But you can purchase tickets for next month’s extravaganza, focusing on Monkeys, by clicking here.

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A young, dynamic and inventive musical improv troupe making up a theatrical story with songs on the spot: Veal

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($23 online today, or $18 for Saturday, if you use code VIPJAN [otherwise $30], plus 2-item minimum):A star stand-up who’s performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Jay Leno; performed three of his own Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Shorties Watchin’ Shorties; is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and the Opie and Anthony radio show; hosted his own radio program on NYC’s 92.3 Free FM; creates periodic Web-based free audio shows for Blog Talk Radio; and has acted on such TV shows as HBO’s The Sopranos and Lucky Louie, and was nominated twice for an Emmy award for his writing on The Chris Rock Show, headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Nick DiPaolo

8:00 pm ($10): 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; and an all-white musical about fast food that claims to “give
new life to the most popular songs of Tupac Shakur. Join us for a romp through
all the themes held most dear to Tupac’s heart: economic oppression, dreams
deferred, and mall food courts,” in the double-bill BoF in This Old Thing and 2Pac: The Musical

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Allison Castillo (Comedy Central), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central), Dan Goodman (HBO, Starz, Cinemax, Showtime, Encore), Dan Curry (The Onion), and Kevin Barnett (Florida comic who recently moved to NYC) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz ‘s Too Cool for School

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups 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

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7): A special 3-Year Anniversary Edition of singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

9:30 pm ($10): Improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan following up winning the recent SketchProv Tournament with this new PIT run, and veteran improv duo formerly known as Project:Projekt, in the double-bill Swords and The Nathan & Joe Show

11:00 pm ($5): Three NYC sketch troupes— New Excitement, Kelly and Greg, and Mr. Whitepants—each performing one of their most popular bits and one of their personal favorites in a sketch revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

11:00 ($5): Improvised one-act plays by four experienced improvisors relatively new to NYC, including superb Austin comedic actress Lee Eddy: The Hypotheticals

11:30 ($5): Improvisors Brigid Boyle, Emily Bryan, Nicole Cascio, Caroline Ficksman, and Alexis Saarela parodying The View in a show self-described as “Hey, Darlings! Come sit down with a cup of coffee (or perhaps a martini) and join the panel of five of New York’s most talkative and opinionated women as they discuss the week’s events, and interview alluring guests from the worlds of literature, politics, comedy, and more. Let’s talk about issues, over drinks!” This show will keep you in Focus

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

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