NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 6/18/10

June 18, 2010

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Christian Finnegan

Stand-up Christian Finnegan casts his spell on NYC tonight and Saturday headlining at Comix

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] 6:00 pm ($5): Adam Lustick and Billy Scafuri are stellar members of world-class sketch troupeThe Harvard Sailing Team; and they’ve now branched out to form comedic rap group Snakes, along with unforgetable singer Chloé Weppe…who all won the 2010 ECNY Award for Best Musical Group! Check out their debut album, which can be downloaded from, and then join them and their delightfully unusual guests at Snakes: FutureSex/LoveSnakes

[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 ($10): Sketch troupe Gentlemen Caller (Emily Altman, Aaron Burdette, Kathy Salerno, and Evan Thompson) spoofs Dianetics and more in Diabetics

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Kate Flannery (cast member of NBC’s The Office) and Scot Robinson “drag you down to the sleaziest lounge in town” in their sketch show The Lampshades

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Sharp stand-up from Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Rob O’Reilly (Comedy Central), and “special celebrity guest The Human Centipede;” sketch comedy from Roger Hailes, just-engaged Sean Donnelly, and Steve Bossous; musical group Fortress of Attitude; with hosts Pat Stango & birthday boy Blaine Perry, all at Karma Lounge for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There: Blaine’s Birthday Edition

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($28.04 online if you use code VIPJUNE, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up who’s performed three Comedy Central specials, is a commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever, and has appeared onChappelle’s Show and The Today Show, headlining through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Christian Finnegan

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Killer lineup consisting of Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter), Sean Patton (red-hot rising star stand-up; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, way funny stand-up), Joe List (Comedy Central), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy KImmel), and Greg Stone performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Neal Stasny’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: A stand-up showcase at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by Matt Ruby: Hot Soup

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): NYC stand-ups performing in Ochi’s Lounge at a gay-themed show hosted by Paul Case: The Back Room

[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] 11:30 pm ($5): Dru Johnston, Noah Forman, and Alex Demers springboard off an audience suggestion to improvise an entire silly and energy-charged play in 40 minutes; especially keep an eye on Demers, who has a wild Sean Penn quality that makes you think he might explode into violence or insanity at any moment, adding to the edgy quality of The New Deal

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($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

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