NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/12/10

November 12, 2010

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John Oliver

John Oliver, one of the very finest stand-ups in the biz, performs a not-to-be-missed show this weekend headlining at Comix...

...while The Magnet hosts a broad range of talented singing & dancing comics for its New York Musical Improv Festival

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-1:00 am ($15 per show): Terrific comedic singing troupes that magically craft an entire musical on the spot are showcased tonight at The Magnet, with shows from Diamond Lion, The Made Up Musical, Veal, Choral Rage, Vox Pop, and Reset List: New York Musical Improv Festival

[TOP PICK] 6:30 pm: Chicago-based veteran sketch/improv comic Bob Kulhan performs his acclaimed one-man show for one night only: Shecky Kulhan: Theater of the Mind

7:00 pm ($8): Award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($41.02 online if you use codePLAYBILL, plus 2-item minimum): A star correspondent of The Daily Show, and one of the sharpest and funniest stand-ups in the world, performing a not-to-be-missed headlining run through Sunday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: John Oliver

[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 ClassThe Harvard Sailing Team

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): Wonderful musicians Ted Leo and Geoff Garlock, and wonderful authors Julie Klausner (I Don’t Care About Your Band) and Rob Sheffield (Talking To Girls About Duran Duran), joining “opinionated audiophile John Frusciante hosting a revolving panel of music-loving comedians, writers, and musicians for a live monthly discussion about the state of music past and present, what you should and shouldn’t be listening to, and why KISS sucks so much. It is a guarantee that your favorite band will at some point be brought up, dissected, and either praised to the rafters or dismissed with the wave of a hand that knows how to properly handle vinyl:” Break Up Your Band

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