NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/18/10

February 18, 2010

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Melanie Hamlett, Giulia Rozzi, and Margot Leitman tell hot tales of "Misunderstanding" at Stripped Stories

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 ($12): The debut of a news-based show with comedy games and funny conversation, tonight including writer/actor Brian Donovan, political journalist Jacob Weisberg (Newsweek, Slate), TV writer/producer Gideon Evans (The Daily Show), and writer/commentator Alison Rosen (McSweeney’s, podcast Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend): The News Distillery

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($18): One of the highlights of FringeNYC 2008 was Allen Warnock and Andrea Alton (members of sketch troupe Freedumb) teaming up to create hilarious characters in a very silly and fun show—for my review, please click here. The production has now been revived for a commercial run through February 28th: Carl & Shelly: Best Friends Forever

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Two of the funniest and most loveable sketch comics alive, Katherine Bryant and Chris O’Connor (half of sketch troupe Fearsome) team up with also hilarious sketch comics Mike Still (sketch troupe A Week of Kindness) and John Phillips (sketch troupe Trophy Dad) to perform a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life; 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 Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever 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): Wonderful star stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik, Christian Finnegan , and Wyatt Cenac, plus musical guest Gretchen Parlato, performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Misunderstanding; and the thoroughly wonderful storytellers are Melanie Hamlett, (Moth StorySlam Champion; stellar & unique writer/performer who does cross-country tours while living in her truck and posting hilarious photo-caption reports on her adventures at blog Melanie Hamlett: Wandering Narcoleptic—for illustrated tales of shucking corn and conversations with mermaids, please click here and here), Jim O’Grady (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion), ace musical guests Stuckey & Murray, and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s, all performing at Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($15 online if you use code VIPFEB [otherwise $20], plus 2-item minimum): Thoroughly wonderful stand-ups John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, Tom Shillue, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin join comedy giant Todd Barry at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Todd Barry and Friends

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

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