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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
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter) Amy Schumer (star stand-up; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), Dan Allen (Comedy Central), Sheng Wang (Comedy Central), Lisa Kaplan, and Badlands Booker performing at Brooklyn’sHappy Ending for wonderful stand-up/comedic rapper host Carolyn Castiglia’s Splurge!
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10):Two of the funniest and most loveable sketch comics alive, Katherine Bryant and Chris O’Connor (half of sketch troupe Fearsome) team up with also hilarious sketch comics Mike Still (sketch troupe A Week of Kindness) and John Phillips (sketch troupe Trophy Dad) to perform a comedic play about a college buddy returning after 10 years to ruin his friend’s life; and sketch troupe Thunder Gulch has fun with American icons ranging from Lucy to Lost, in the double-bill Mace Bacon: The Worst Guy Ever and Pop Culture Apocalypse
[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up veteran who’s appeared onDavid Letterman, Jay Leno, and Last Comic Standing; hosted the HBO stand-up showcase Down and Dirty; was a cast member of the wonderful though short-lived HBO sitcom Lucky Louie, and performed his own HBO half-hour One Night Stand special; has appeared in such hit films asSpider-Man; is a regular on XM Satellite Radio’s The Opie & Anthony Show; and is the author of the book Happy Endings, headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Jim Norton
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Superb stand-ups Leo Allen (SNL, HBO, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, host of Whiplash), Timmy Williams (The Whitest Kids U Know), Kenny Zimlinghaus (host of Sirius’ Cosmo Radio morning show), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central), Phil Hanley (Montreal Just For Laughs Festival), plus sketch troupe Bleak, performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A groundbreaking and surreal improv/sketch troupe performing with new guests each Friday and making a valid complaint: Centralia: We Were Supposed To Have Flying Cars By Now
[FREE] 8:00: The gorgeous Brooke Van Poppelen (TLC’s American Chopper, Maxim and Cosmo Radio, So-Low Show; popular blogs NYisretarded.blogspot.com and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), improv genius Thomas Middleditch, Keith Alberstadt, Mark Normand, Sean Donnelly, and Phil Hanley performing stand-up at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Matt Ruby: Hot Soup
[$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($19.33 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): In a questionable bit of booking, two stand-ups with very different styles and very different audiences are somehow headlining on the same show; but if you love one or the other, come for the star you adore performing tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Eugene Mirman and Andy Kindler
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here): The Harvard Sailing Team
10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical
[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): In this new show, Thomas Middleditch, Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder
[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Superb raunchy singer/songwriter Ben Lerman and Thin Skin Johnny team up to provide a night of hilarious music at Funny Folk
[$] 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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