NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/29/10

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Stand-up comic & author Robert Schimmel headlines tonight and Saturday at Comix

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] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($28 online today, or $23 for Saturday, if you use code VIPJAN [otherwise $35], plus 2-item minimum): A star stand-up and writer who’s also the author of the 2008 book Cancer on $5 a Day (Chemo Not Included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life, headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Schimmel

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill’s one-woman extravaganza about “Charlie Sheen Prison’s annual talent show, starring the criminally retarded and insane,” directed by the wonderful Will Hines; 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 Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and 2Pac: The Musical

8:00 pm ($10): A comedic homage to Elton John by a variety of improvisors, sketch comics, and musicians at The Downtown Superstar Ten Minute Hour

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

10:00 pm ($7): 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): Sketch comedy troupes Bleak Comedy and Shut Up Stupid compete for audience laughs and votes in Backyard Brawl

[FREE] 12:20ish am: Your opportunity to perform on the UCBT stage with improv veterans, hosted by stellar troupe The Law Firm: Jammin’ with Ralph

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