NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/5/10

February 5, 2010

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.

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Kristen Schaal debuts tonight on Comedy Central's superb TV series "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up 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): Charming comedy duo Christina Casa and Kassi Dougherty performing as a country music group from the 70s (for sample videos, please click here) along with comedy guests at The ‘Drelles: Prime Time Variety Hour

[$] 7:30 pm pm ($38.25 & 2-drink min.) A Curb Your Enthusiasm star and superb stand-up headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines: Susie Essman

7:30 pm ($10): Superb musical duo Stuckey & Murray join raunchy comedic singer/songwriter Cock Lorge and his band performing at his monthly show at Pianos: Thank Cock It’s Friday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A big show that’s gotten even bigger, as comedy giant Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of Miami, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion) performs an expanded hour-long version of his charming and hilarious series of tales about a musical tour overseas—which was just nominated for an ECNY Award for Best One Person Show!— Dave Hill: Big in Japan

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill (racing over from his one-man show directly above), Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, staff writer & performer for Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Chelsea White (MTV, CollegeHumor), and Alex Grubard, plus ace sketch troupe Trophy Dad, performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Hot Cripple, a superb and heartfelt one-woman show by Hogan Gorman about her experiences with the US health care system, legal system, and government programs for the down-but-not-out. (The performance I attended was especially memorable because a small fire broke out on the second floor of the venue. Hogan had to stop two-thirds into her monologue so the building could be evacuated; and she did so with a wry smile, telling a comforting audience member “Oh, I’ve been though a whole lot worse than this.” Three fire trucks and 30 minutes later, the fire was out…and Hogan made a quick joke about the Hot in her show’s title and then resumed performing as if nothing had happened…) Running through February, come see a New York hero in Hot Cripple

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (Last Co9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing), Lisa Kaplan (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), Adrienne Iapalucci, Robin Cloud, and Dana LoVecchio 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

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

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

[$] 10:30 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.): A cast member of the much-missed Chappelle’s Show headlining tonight and Saturday at Carolines Comedy Club: Donnell Rawlings

10:30 pm ($5): A fun improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight are Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Billy Scafuri (half of comedic rap duo Snakes, founding member of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team), the delightful Andree Vermeulen (one-woman show French Toast), Ann Carr (ECNY nominee), and stand-up Dan Curry—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), all at The BEATdown

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

[$] 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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 7:00 pm ($10): Charming
comedy duo Christina Casa and Kassi Dougherty performing as a country music
group from the 70s (for sample videos, please click <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/thedrelles&#8221; target=”_blank”>here</a>)
along with comedy guests at <a href=”http://thepit-nyc.com/daily.html?y=2010&m=02&d=05&#8243; target=”_blank”>The
‘Drelles: Prime Time Variety Hour</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#006600″>[$]</span>&nbsp;7:30 pm pm
($38.25 &amp; 2-drink
min.) A
<i>Curb Your Enthusiasm</i> star and superb stand-up headlining
tonight and Saturday at Carolines: <a href=”https://www.carolines.com/#/page/play-video/34/35/susie-essman/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Susie
Essman</a></p>

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align=center><span class=”style1″>  7</span>:30
pm ($10): Superb musical duo Stuckey & Murray join raunchy comedic singer/songwriter
<a href=”http://www.cocklorge.com&#8221; target=”_blank”>Cock Lorge and his band</a> performing at his monthly show at Pianos:  <a href=”http://www.pianosnyc.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Thank Cock It’s Friday</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 8:00 pm ($10): A
big show that’s gotten even bigger, as comedy giant Dave Hill (one of the most
original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy
Central, MTV, VH1, star of <i>The King of Miami</i>,  <i>The
New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon,</i> <i>The Dave Hill Explosion</i>)
performs an expanded hour-long version of his charming and hilarious series
of tales about a musical tour overseas—which was just nominated for
an ECNY Award for Best One Person Show!—
<a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/2152&#8243; target=”_blank”>Dave Hill: <i>Big
in Japan</i></a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> <span style=”color:#5B18E7″>[FREE]</span>
8:00 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Dave Hill (racing over from his one-man show directly
above), Kumail Nanjiani (<i>David Letterman,
Jimmy Kimmel</i>, staff writer & performer
for Comedy Central’s <i>Michael & Michael
Have Issues</i>), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Chelsea White (MTV, CollegeHumor),
and Alex Grubard, plus ace sketch troupe Trophy Dad, performing at Brooklyn’s <a href=”http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&aaddr=Coco+66+_66+Greenpoint+Ave_Brooklyn,+NY+11222_(718)+389-7392&gll=40729783,-73958370&restype=t&ei=lc9gSsKJGpDwlAfwotDRCQ&um=1&ie=UTF-8&f=q&fb=1&q=66+Greenpoint+Ave+Brooklyn,+NY+11222&geocode=15302056970411035727,40.729783,-73.958370&ei=o89gSpK3MIfjlAeS08TNCQ&sa=X&oi=manybox&resnum=1&ct=23&#8243; target=”_blank”>Coco
66</a> for hosts Nick Turner’s &amp; Jason Saenz’s
<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=338043145359&#8243; target=”_blank”>Too
Cool for School</a></p>

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align=center> 9:00 pm (no cover,
1-item min.): NYC stand-ups Adam Sank (<i>Last Comic Standing</i>), Lisa Kaplan
(here! TV’s <i>Hot
Gay Comics</i>), Adrienne Iapalucci, Robin Cloud, and Dana LoVecchio performing
in <a href=”http://comixny.com/ochislounge.aspx#back&#8221; target=”_blank”>Ochi’s
Lounge</a> at a gay-themed show hosted by the lovely Jenny Rubin: <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8367442858&ref=ts&#8221; target=”_blank”>The Back Room</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 9:30 pm ($10): Some
of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius  members of <a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/717&#8243; target=”_blank”>The Stepfathers</a></p>

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align=center>9:30 pm ($10): Improv duo   &nbsp;Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan
following up winning the recent SketchProv Tournament with this PIT run,
and veteran improv duo formerly known as   Project:Projekt, in the double-bill <a href=”http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91391&#8243; target=”_blank”><i>Swords</i> and <i>The Nathan &amp; Joe Show</i></a></p>

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align=center>10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an
audience member to craft <a href=”http://magnettheater.com/viewshow.php?showid=34458&#8243; target=”_blank”>The Made-Up Musical</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#006600″>[$]</span>&nbsp;10:30 pm ($29 &amp; 2-drink
min.): A cast member of the much-missed <i>Chappelle’s Show</i> headlining
tonight and Saturday at Carolines Comedy Club:
<a href=”https://www.carolines.com/#/page/play-video/115/92/donnell-rawlings/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Donnell Rawlings</a></p>

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align=center>10:30 pm ($5): A fun  improv show that makes up scenes based
on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: <a
href=”http://magnettheater.com/viewshow.php?showid=34528&#8243; target=”_blank”>Gimme the Loot!</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#660000″>[TOP PICK]</span> 11:00 pm ($5):
A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest &amp; sharpest
comics in NYC—who tonight are Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy
Central, MTV, VH1, <i>Awkward
Kings of Comedy</i>), Billy Scafuri (half of comedic rap duo Snakes, founding
member of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team), the delightful
Andree Vermeulen (one-woman show <i>French Toast</i>), Ann Carr (ECNY nominee), and
stand-up Dan Curry—plus
a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers
Chris
&quot;Shockwave&quot; Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I
Eat Pandas), all at <a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/1885&#8243; target=”_blank”>The BEATdown</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#5B18E7″>[FREE]</span> 12:20ish am: A free
opportunity for you to perform sketch on the UCBT stage at <a href=”http://newyork.ucbtheatre.com/shows/518&#8243; target=”_blank”>Liquid Courage</a></p>

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align=center><span style=”color:#006600″>[$]</span>&nbsp;12:30 am ($31.25 &amp; 2-drink
min.) A
provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor,
Red Foxx, and <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, and performed on <i>Chappelle’s
Show</i> and <i>David
Letterman</i>, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: <a href=”https://www.carolines.com/play-video/137/5/paul-mooney&#8221; target=”_blank”>Paul Mooney</a></p>

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.