NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 10/21/10

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Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal performs with Kurt Braunohler and Reggie Watts tonight at hot ticket "Kristen Schaal and Friends"

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:

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 ($25): One of the funniest women alive—who’s a shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords; star of a Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; and co-author of new bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex—performing with such dynamite talent as Reggie Watts and her comedy partner Kurt Braunohler at NYU’s 700-seat Skirball Center: Kristen Schaal and Friends

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8; sold out tonight, but grab tickets for the final performance next Thursday by clicking here): 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, and about which Show Business Weekly says “standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed:” Grease 3: Threase

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online with code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): Superb stand-ups who may include Judah Friedlander, Anthony Jeselnik, Brooke Van Poppelen, Paul Mercurio, and Rick Crom performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): W. Kamau Bell reprises his one-man show from last year’s FringeNYC, which offers some sharply comedic insights about perceptions of race: The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour

[$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.): The Emmy Award-winning host of Cash Cab, and a stand-up who’s performed a Comedy Central Presents special, headlining tonight through Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Ben Bailey

[$] 8:30 pm ($30 & 2-drink min.) A Last Comic Standing finalist who’s made a lasting impression —with three highly popular Comedy Central hour-long specials, and appearances on Jay Leno andJimmy Kimmel—headlining tonight through Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Ralphie May

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups 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; killerset on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1): Comedy as a Second Language

9:30 pm ($5): If you’re a fan of, you can see the folks behind it on stage—along with comics Julian McCullough, Josh Rabinowitz, Crazy Legs Conti, BriTANick, and hosts Jeff and Streeter—at CollegeHumor Live

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

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