NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 4/16/10

April 16, 2010

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Lectures on Don Knotts: Reluctant Sex Object, Jesus vs. Magneto, the making of Monster's Ball, and much more when superfan Kevin Maher invites his very special friends to entertain you at Kevin Geeks Out All-Stars

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): Superfan Kevin Maher hosting a two-hour cultural cavalcade at 92Y Tribeca of trivia, prizes, free cookies, and guest speakers “presenting rare film footage and TV clips you won’t find on YouTube or Netflix.” Tonight’s blowout includes an analysis of whether Jesus would best Magneto in a fight; Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Will Rokos describing the rollercoaster ride of bringing Monster’s Ball from script to screen; a lecture on Don Knotts: Reluctant Sex Object; and much more. Don’t miss one of the best shows in NYC, which consistently sells out in advance (buy your ticket online by clicking here): Kevin Geeks Out All-Stars

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): 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; plus Kate McKinnon, Sarah Claspell, Nicole Drespel, Jocelyn Guest, Veronica Osorio, and Aaron Glaser perform a sketch show written by Leila Cohan and Caitlin Tegart about Smith, our nation’s largest women’s college, in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and This is About Smith

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($41.00 plus 2-drink minimum): A former Saturday Night Livestar headlining tonight through Saturday at Carolines: Kevin Nealon

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): A beloved high-concept sketch troupe that delights in exploring silly ideas and wordplay (for example, demonstrating that a caveman and the Cookie Monster sound remarkably alike when saying such things as “Me have problem with subject/verb placement…”) debuts an all-new show: Elephant Larry

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): Genius comedic actress Kate McKinnon, comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neil, and numerous other talents ask you to “join Dusty Springfield and your favorite dead singers from the 60’s and 70’s as they blow the pearly gate right off its hinges. The music is live, the performers are not, so come get rocked at the concert God himself wants you to see!”: Dusty Springfield: Live in Heaven

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

[$] 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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