NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/14/10

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Show Business Weekly says "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed" about Shayna Ferm's and Katherine Bryant Flaherty's "Grease 3: Threase"

Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $12 marked with $) include:

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm ($5): A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “You’re quite a celebrity around here. We’ve even got a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You’ve got a drink named Steve?” A panel of NYC stand-ups and improvisors riff on and take apart jokes like that one in Joke Lab: Dissection of the Joke; plus a second comedy show titled The Interogation Room, all for just five bucks at Spank

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are Andrea Rosen, Tim Ellis, Eliot Glazer, Mike Camillo, and Joy Gabriel—joining brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) to share tales on tonight’s theme “In Harm’s Way” at one of thefinest storytelling shows in the country: Risk!

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8): The thoroughly wonderful comics of sketch troupe Fearsome—Shayna Ferm, Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Alex Goldberg, and Chris O’Connor—are joined by such other immense talents as Livia Scott and Amy Heidt to perform a new comedic musical that’s very, very loosely based on a classic Travolta/Newton John vehicle: Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Simon Amstell demonstrates why he’s a star in the UK with a sly and sublimely hilarious one-man show that’s distinctly different from most US comedy sets, and well worth experiencing: Simon Amstell: Do Nothing

[$] 8:00 pm ($35 & 2-drink min.): “Pops” on the WB’s The Wayans Bros. headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: John Witherspoon

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($12): A blowout lineup of top comics—Kristen Schaal, Reggie Watts, UK star Francesca Martinez, Jared Logan, and Mike Lawrence—performing tonight at Comedy Below Canal

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Star UK comic Glenn Wool, Nick Vatterott, Luke Cunningham, Ben Kissel, and more performing stand-up on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): The Emmy-winning writers of The Colbert Report gather on stage to perform an all-improvised show at Seize the Mustard

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Two vibrant improv troupes, C, C, & E Improv Factory and Tickles, compete for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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