NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 3/19/10

March 19, 2010

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Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome rock the Comix Comedy Club tonight and Saturday as stellar musical comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates

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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A glorious collection of hilarious film clips from super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y Tribeca, which tonight is summed up by this trailer; this has entirely sold out, but grab tickets for subsequent shows now while they’re still available so next month you can enjoy an event like tonight’s Kevin Geeks Out About Sharks

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($24.50, plus 2-drink minimum): One of the most skilled, funny, and beloved stand-ups in the country—and a personal favorite—who’s a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, has performed repeatedly on Conan O’Brien and VH1’s Best Week Ever, and won the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up, headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: John Mulaney

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($27.50 online if you use code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item minimum): Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are an adorably dark comedy folk duo who have appeared on such network TV shows on Scrubs and Jay Leno (to check out their videos, please click here); and they’re headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club via their stage names Garfunkel & Oates

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Amy Heidt’s one-woman show was one of the very best productions at this past August’s FringeNYC Festival (for my review, please click here)—if you didn’t catch it then, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see Amy demonstrate her brilliance as both actress and writer; plus 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, in the double-bill Amy Heidt: Dominate Yourself! and Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central, Variety SHAC), Tony Camin (Comedy Central, VH1), Barry Rothbart (MTV), Jay Bois, and Jimmy Merritt, plus sharp sketch troupe Sidecar, performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm ($10):Stellar storyteller Kevin Allison (The State, host of Risk!), Patrick Borelli (Comedy Central), and Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien) performing at the Luca Lounge (200 Avenue B) with lovely producer/host/ECNY winner Carol Hartsell, Sean Crespo, and more: Shark at Work

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now

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

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): “Jon Gabrus is a rugby player from Long Island who loves to drink, which is the perfect trifecta for getting into ridiculous and dangerous situations. Come drink along with Gabrus as he shares some of his beer-soaked tales, like the time he ate a dead snake, or cooked a fork on a barbecue and branded himself…twice. There will plenty of drinking games, lots of audience participation, and an appalling lack of shame. His bartender, special guests, and his lack of self-control will join forces to create a night Jon probably won’t remember:” Blackout Drunk

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!

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Chris Gethard, Shannon O’Neill, and other top comics—plus musical guest Owen Biddle of The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s band)—interact with the newest Web sensation atChatroulette Live!

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