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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
[FREE] 7:00 pm: Stand-ups Adrienne Iapalucci (Last Comic Standing), Blanca Dominguez (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, It’s Not Just Latins), and Phil Nee (The Colbert Report; winner of Showtime’s Funniest Person in America Contest), plus musical guest The Summer Replacements, performing at Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by Eric Vetter: No Name and A Bag O’ Chips
7:00 pm ($8): Award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm ($10): Both NYC and international comedy stars performnig at this second night of the spectacular Brooklyn extravaganza The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 on ($26.95 online with discount code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): An Irish comedy star who’s performed on David Letterman, and has two platinum-selling comedy DVDs (Cracked: Live at Vicar Street and Loose) headlining tonight and Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Tommy Tiernan
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): Comedy dynamo Shannon O’Neill performing 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; and “pop culture obsessed Billy Eichner takes you on a fun-filled 30 minute journey through his twisted and topical celebrity-fueled world,” in the double-bill Prison Freaks: A Talent Show and Billy Eichner Goes Pop!
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: NYC stand-ups Liz Miele (Comedy Central Live at Gotham), Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham), and Harry Terjanian (MTV), plus the usual sketch comedy gang and band Fortress of Solitude, all performing at Karma Lounge with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Wonderful UK comedy star Glenn Wool, and NYC stand-ups Molly Knefel, Giulia Rozzi, and Kevin Barnett, performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) at host Matt Ruby’s Hot Soup
[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 pm: NYC stand-ups Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and Dirty, Comedy Central Presents, new comedy CD The Depression Auction), Rob Cantrell (CBS, Marijuanalogues), Casey Jost & Jay Miller (Jimmy Fallon), Matt Ruby (MTV, host of Hot Soup), and Brandie Posey (visiting from LA) performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Neal Stasny’s Too Cool for School
[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 ($10): Always fresh and imaginative world-class sketch troupe that uses song, movement, and clever scenarios to turn familiar rituals on their head (for a video about awkward goodbyes at the end of a party, please click here) delivering a brand new collection of sketches titled Ms. Larsen’s Class: The Harvard Sailing Team
[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($18): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot. Please read my review by clicking here; and don’t miss this second chance provided by the FringeNYC Encore Series to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories
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): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other talented 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
Midnight ($5): Keisha Zollar hosts this new comedy variety show featuring stand-up, sketch, improv, video, dance, and music: Soul Glo
[$] 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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