NYC Top Comedy Choices for Saturday 2/20/10

February 20, 2010

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Tom Green headlines tonight at the Comix Comedy Club

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:

7:00 pm ($10): A musical about “a pious Pope framed for a crime he didn’t commit…betrayal, Holy War, foot-stompin’ musical numbers” and everything else it takes “to entertain the Hell right out of you” in Pope: The Musical

7:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NY stand-ups (who, unusually, haven’t been announced this week) performing in Ochi’s Lounge at Sean Donnelly’s Lil’ Seany Boy

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Genius improvisor Christina Gausas and friends she originally made in Chicago—which include writers & performers from 30 Rock, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show—plus a rotating cast of stellar visitors, all joyously declaring Let’s Have a Ball

[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

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($30 online if you use code VIPFEB [otherwise $35], plus 2-item minimum): An MTV and movie film star headlining at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Tom Green

[$] 8:00 pm ($25 plus 2-drink minimum): NYC stand-ups who include Ted Alexandro, Helen Hong, and Jessica Kirson vie for a performance spot on the tarnished but still prestigious The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at The Tonight Show Audition Showcase

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Rob Lathan stages a reading of his and Will Hines’ new self-published motivational self-help book at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City: Get Psyched!

8:00 pm ($10): NY stand-ups Jamie Lee (who’s also the producer and host), Ali Waller, Giulia Rozzi, Luke Cunningham, Zach Sims, Ross Hyzer, Amanda Baramki, “and maybe a surprise guest” performing at Karma Lounge for a show benefiting an animal shelter: Diamonds in the Fluff

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): While Death by Roo Roo takes the weekend off for a well-deserved vacation in Acapulco, improv troupe The Law Firm—Matt Fisher, Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, Fran Gillespie, Nate Lang, Thomas Middleditch, and Matt Moses—will interview an audience member about a legal grievance and then dramatize scenes revolving around the case at The Law Firm: The People’s Court

9:00 pm ($5): Organic & energetic improv by the four guys of 4 Track!

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15): Ted Greenberg (Emmy-winning David Letterman writer) performing a fun, quick-paced theatrical comedy show—complete with audience rides home!—at The Complete Performer

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): An all-star improv troupe led by brilliant UCBT artistic director Anthony King: Reuben Williams

10:30 pm ($5): Vibrant improv from Nick Kanellis & Peter McNerney (Statues of Liberty) and Leslie Korein as comedy trio Trike

[TOP PICK] 11:00 ($8): NYC’s heavy metal version of a sketch troupe, which doesn’t always ht the mark but provides odd, unsettling, and fearless dark comedy: Murderfist: Late and Dirty

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri are stellar members of world-class sketch troupe The Harvard Sailing Team; and they’ve now branched out to form comedic rap duo Snakes. Check out their debut album, which can be downloaded from, and then join them and their delightfully unusual guests at Snakes: FutureSex/LoveSnakees

[$] 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

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