NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 1/14/11

January 14, 2011

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P. Diddy and Chris Gethard

P. Diddy meets Chris Gethard in this show that will be watched by the gods themselves: "Diddy. Gethard."

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:

[FREE] 7:00 pm: Stellar storyteller and stand-up Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime, The Liar Show), Reese Waters, Alec Sobel, Bruce cherry, Miguel Dalmau, and more performing at Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th Street, between Avenues A and B) hosted by Eric Vetter: No Name and A Bag O’ Chips

7:00 pm ($5): “Don Draper is what every man should be and what every all-male improv group wants to be.” And so each of them will be in the themed improv show The Don Drapers

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Rory Scovel (rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever), Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Brent Sullivan, and Yannis Pappas performing at Brooklyn’s Happy Ending for wonderful stand-up/comedic rapper host Carolyn Castiglia’s Splurge!

7:30 pm ($10): Sketch shows from Two Fun Men and from Bleak, in the double-bill Two Men Having Fun and Stomachtown

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($28 online using discount code TMANIA): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected writer/performers alive. This is a rare opportunity to spend an intimate 90 minutes with a true genius of comedy. Please note this is a sprawling, detail-packed theatrical show, not stand-up…and not for every taste. But whether you’re ultimately grabbed by the story or not, it’s worth experiencing if only for Daniel’s lightning-quick flashes of humor. For example, at the performance I attended a woman sitting in the front row had the incredible gall to start reading. Daniel sweetly responded, “Ooh, that’s a subtle yet effective form of criticism. I’m certainly not cross with you, just too nosy about what you’re reading to plow on. Look, you’re still reading. What a lack of faith you have in live entertainment.” Place your faith in Daniel, check out the write-up in The New York Times, and catch this show running every day except Mondays through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($46.50 & 2-drink min.): An acerbic stand-up star who’s appeared on Oprah, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, The View, and many other TV shows—and several films, to boot—headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Sommore

[$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-item min.): As Sean Patton points out (frequently), it’s problematic to name yourself “The Pitbull of Comedy.” And as Jane Borden of Time Out New York observes, “his comedy, aimed at women and anyone who’s not white, is about as delicate as a dog bite.” If you’d care to see whether the title is deserved—or simply to watch a once-great comedy club spiral into self-destruction—this is your chance, as the Vegas icon is headlining tonight and Saturday at Comix: Bobby Slayton

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A former cast member of Saturday Night Live, and who’s appeared on VH1, Showtime, and CNN, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Dean Edwards

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Rory Scovel (rising star; Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central), Claudia Cogan (Last Comic Standing, MTV), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Nick Maritato, and Jeff Maurer performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue): Hot Soup

8:00 pm ($8): Improvised scenes based on the “Missed Connections” section of Craigslist at Missed Connections Two-Prov

[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

10:00 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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): About a year ago—after failing to get Al Roker as a guest—Chris Gethard, in typical fashion, responded by raising his sights higher and going for P. Diddy (for details, please click here and here). Thousands of Twitter messages later, P. Diddy has finally agreed. This show for the ages sold out almost instantly, but there’ll be limited standing room for those showing up early on the standby line. The big question (aside from “Can I get in”?) is will this show live up to the hype created by the year-long campaign to make it happen? Given what i know of Chris, my guess is yesThe Chris Gethard Show: Diddy. Gethard.

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