NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/5/10

November 5, 2010

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Rosie O'Donnell and Margaret Cho

Rosie O'Donnell and Margaret Cho are among the stand-up stars performing at tonight's gala New York Comedy Festival...

Patrice Oneal and Joel McHale

...and so are Patrice Oneal and Joel McHale

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-on:Too many NYCF events to list individually tonight, but visit the schedule to find shows by Rosie O’Donnell (Town Hall), Patrice ONeal (NYU Skirball Center), Margaret Cho (Beacon Theatre), Joel McHale (Carnegie Hall), and more at the spectacular New York Comedy Festival

[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] 7:30 pm ($10): Paul Brittain (Saturday Night Live) and Jet Eveleth (The Reckoning) resurrect their acclaimed sketch show, which consists of their favorite scenes resulting from improv performed at the legendary iO Theater in Chicago: Ted and Melanie

[$]  7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($51.25, plus 2-drink minimum): Former Man Show host and current Internet sensation headlining tonight and Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Adam Carolla

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($25.95 online if you use code PLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): A co-star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? who’s also performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, and his own Comedy Central Presents special: Greg Proops

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Murderfist (NYC’s fearless heavy metal version of a sketch troupe; winner of the 2010 ECNY Award), plus stand-ups Barry Rothbart (Comedy Central), Nick Vatterott (Jimmy Fallon, Second City), Raj Desai (Comedy Central), and Matt Ruby (co-host of We’re All Friends Here) performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon):  Hot Soup

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Barry Rothbart (Comedy Central), Sheng Weng (Comedy Central Presents), Mike Lawrence (Montreal Comedy Festival), Matt Goldich (Comedy Central), Jordan Carlos (Comedy Central), and Danny Solomon performing at Brooklyn’s Red Star (37 Greenpoint Avenue) for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’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] 9:00 pm ($7): Rachel Hamilton shares “tales from the frontlines of Internet dating” in the debut of her one-woman show

[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 ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors who use an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

10:30 pm ($10): Jonathan Gabrus, Sue Galloway, and other fine improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): A comedic freestyle rap contest featuring some of the sharpest comics in NYC—who tonight include phenomenal improvisors Becky Drysdale, Tara Copeland, Peter Gwinn, and Victor Varnado—plus a volunteer from the audience!, hosted by genius comedic musical performers Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme) and Eliza Skinner (I Eat Pandas), all at The BEATdown

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