NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/11/10

February 11, 2010

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World-class comedy troupe Fearsome (Shayna Ferm, Chris O'Connor, Alex Goldberg, and Katherine Bryant)...

...and musical comedy duo Stuckey & Murray perform (with clothes) at A-Side/B-Side

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 ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight include legendary sketch & stand-up comic Michael Showalter (co-star of Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues), acclaimed world-class storyteller Mike Daisey (called “the master” by The New York Times), stellar raunchy storyteller Giulia Rozzi (VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Peter Lubell (The Moth), and Juliet Wayne (The Moth)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Obsessions” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing a one-woman 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

8:00 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) as shared by their original authors before total strangers—with tonight’s participants star storyteller Adam Wade, wonderful stand-up & storyteller Brooke Van Poppelen, Jenn Wehrung, Jasmin Singer, Todd Rosenberg, Julia Wright, Boni Joi, and Julianna Forlano—produced in New York by Anne Altman and Julia Wright, with tonight’s theme geared for Valentine’s Day: Mortified: Heartbreak Edition

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Three of the best comedy troupes in NYC—Fearsome, Stuckey & Murray, and Elephant Larry—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes—The Brothers Hines and The Big Ass Movie—compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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

For full details, please visit