NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/25/10

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Andy Christie, Andrea Rosen, and Michelle Collins tell hilarious tales of being "Blindsided" at Risk!

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 are stellar stand-ups Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, Variety SHAC), Michelle Collins (VH1’s Best Week Ever,; for a memorable chat about the power of penises over vaginas, please click here), and A.D. Miles (staff writer on Jimmy Fallon; Comedy Central, MTV), and top storytellers Andy Christie (The New York Times; host of The Liar Show) and Mark Allen (The New York Times, NPR)—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “Blindsided: Didn’t See It Coming” at one of the finest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($34.57 online if you use code VIPFEB, plus 2-item minimum): A star stand-up who’s done half-hour comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, and Showtime; was a regular on Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and cast member on FOX’s The Jury; appeared repeatedly on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and guest starred on such TV shows as NBC’s The Office and FOX’s Arrested Development, headlining through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Patrice Oneal

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($5 online if you use code SNOSHU, otherwise $10): Razor-sharp, adorable, irresistible comedic storyteller Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, host of Sideshow Goshko) spins yarns about her childhood in her one-woman show Vodka Shoes

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill debuting her 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 superb sketch troupe Pangea 3000 performs material better than its show’s title indicates, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Pangea 3000 Sucks

[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

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 stand-ups Todd Barry, Lizz Winstead, Seth Herzog, Liam McEneaney, and Baratunde Thurston performing at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm ($7.44 online if you use code VIPFEB, plus 2-item minimum): A unique sports-themed stand-up, sketch comedy, and interview show hosted by Scott Rogowsky and Neil Janowitz, tonight featuring JP Foschi Tight End for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jets Quarterback Erik Ainge, and undefeated heavyweight boxer & 2008 Golden Gloves champ Tor Hamer, all performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: 12 Angry Mascots

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

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