NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/5/10

March 5, 2010

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Jim Jefferies continues his headlining run through Sunday at the Carolines 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:

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): In this fun show, 16 musical performers turn an audience member’s suggestion into two musical fairy tales that tell what happened from the viewpoint of first the hero and then the villain, with “all the music and magic of a Disney flick…plus the darkness of the Brothers Grimm:” Once Upon a Time

7:00 pm ($5): 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: BoF in This Old Thing

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

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($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 & 10:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): Stellar Australian comic who’s been a regular on Opie & Anthony and who performed his own HBO special, I Swear To God, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Jim Jefferies

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.78 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): A charismatic correspondent for The Daily Show on his way to stardom headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Wyatt Cenac

[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 Deborah Gross recreates absurd and amusing conversations she’s experienced through her sharp storyteller’s perspective, in the double-bill Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever and Conversations with Deb

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Ace sketch comic & storyteller Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, host of top storytelling show Risk!), and superb stand-ups Brooke Van Poppelen (ECNY nominee for Best Stand-Up; Carolines, Comix; Maxim Radio, Cosmo Radio, Chicago Public Radio; popular blogs and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), and Rob Gorden (host of SpikeTV’s Geek Ray Vision) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($10): “A cabaret of darkly funny songs and topical sketch comedy about culture and politics,” following sold out shows at Joe’s Pub: Political Subversities

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups 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

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5):A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the funniest & sharpest comics in NYC—Ray Devito, Margot Leitman, Jessie Richardson, Jason Saenz, and Jim Santangeli—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme), and red-hot rising star and stellar BEATdown substitute host Baron Vaughn (while Eliza Skinner is in LA), all at The BEATdown

11:00 ($5): Improvised one-act plays by four experienced improvisors relatively new to NYC: superb Austin comedic actress Lee Eddy, Ben Sterling (Start Trekkin’), Caitlin Sweet (Topanga), and Jeremy Lamb (Out of Bounds Comedy Festival): The Hypotheticals

11:00 pm ($5): A fun improv show that makes up scenes based on the contents of an audience member’s wallet: Gimme the Loot!

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

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