NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 11/19/10

November 19, 2010

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A Harry Potter Musical

J. K. Rowling is made acceptable for evangelical Christians tonight at A Harry Potter Musical

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

7:00 pm ($8): Daily Show producer Jimmy Donn, performers Jessie Cantrell &, Sarah Walker, Mike & Ted O’Gorman and Pat Driscoll perform sketch comedy designed to make you “laugh, be slightly offended, laugh again, cough once or twice, recall a repressed memory, and drink:” The Dan Ryan

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($10): A delightful tale of heartbreak by Leslie Meisel—who manages the impressive feat of being adorable, sexy, and hilarious all at the same time, and is a sharp comedic talent very much worth keeping an eye on—quite ably abetted by co-writer Megan Neuringer in one of the smartest theatrical shows to grace UCBT this year: Love Can Suck a Dick…and So Can I

…and for the other half of this double-bill, young talents do a sketch show about cops in The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: The wonderful Seth Herzog (staff comic for Jimmy Fallon, VH1’s Best Week Ever, host of Sweet), the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, co-host of It’s Not That Serious), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno), and Todd Womack (Comedy Central), plus the usual sketch comedy gang (tonight including Pat’s new love songs) and musical band Fortress of Solitude, all performing atKarma Lounge with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[$] 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm ($26.75 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, and performed on Jay Leno, Chelsea Lately, and numerous films (includingInvincible) and TV series (including NBC’s Raines) headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Dov Davidoff

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: James Adomian (Last Comic Standing, Harold and Kumar 2), Ali Wong (fearless, razor-sharp, hilarious comedy dynamo; MTV, Comedy Central), Liz Miele (Comedy Central), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central), Travis Irvine (Jay Leno,Ohio’s 12th District Congressional Candidate), and John F. O’Donnell performing at Brooklyn’sCoco 66 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] 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

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Achilles Stamatelaky (book & lyrics), Ari Scott (music), and Ryan Karels (director), along with hilarious UCBT performers such as Mike Still and Amber Petty, create a Harry Potter-based musical with proper Christian values in which witchcraft is evil and Jesus is good: The Kirk Cameron Repertory Players Present: A Harry Potter Musical

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