NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/4/11

February 4, 2011

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Grease 3: Threase

The PIT's a great place to be tonight, with the return of a production Show Business Weekly described as "standout music and a genuine absurdity not to be missed:" Grease 3: Threase...

Kurt Braunohler and Adira Amram

...and Kurt Braunohler debuts a monthly comedy talk show, tonight including Adira Amram: Night of the Living

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 ($7): Some of The Magnet’s finest comics—including the brilliant and delightful Lauren Olson (powerhouse one-woman show Our Condolences at last year’s FringeNYC)—team up with Magnet co-owner Armando Diaz to deliver sketch comedy in Good Morning, Ladies!

[$] 7:30 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A pioneering legendary political comic headlining tonight and tomorrow at Carolines: Dick Gregory Celebrates Black History Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): 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: Grease 3: Threase

8:00 pm ($10): Jordan Klepper (Steve and Jordan, Second City) and Laura Grey (Laura on Laura, Second City) “are bringing their baggage to the stage, and they’re dumping it on you” in a show that’s likely to be terrific;  and young talents doing a loud and mildly amusing sketch show as cops, in the double-bill Baggage and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, VH1), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), Kevin Barnett (Roundtable of Gentleman), and Team Submarine performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

8:00 pm ($5; includes free homemade baked treats!): Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents), Brent Sullivan (Comedy Central), Pat Stango (co-host of Don’t Touch Me There), Matt Maragno, Ray Combs, and Kevin Carlin performing stand-up at at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor) at It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups—not announced this week—performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by someone also not announced this week: Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s starred in his own Comedy Central Presents special, and appreared on ABC’s The View and NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Louis Ramey

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest improv in NYC from the comedy genius members of The Stepfathers

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($7): Comedy veterans Laura Krafft (former writer for The Colbert Report), Jodi Lennon (Exit 57), and Miriam Tolan (The Daily Show) perform an improvised play in What a Year!

[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] 11:00 pm ($10): The debut of a monthly comedy talk show hosted by the wonderful Kurt Braunohler, with tonight’s guests Adira Amram (awesomely hilarious singer/songwriter), Eugene Mirman (Conan O’BrienComedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, VH1, Adult Swim; pioneer of NYC downtown comedy), and the deliciously surreal Jon Glaser (Adult Swim’s Delocated): Night of the Living with Kurt Braunohler

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): Three superb sketch comedy talents—Patrick Borelli, duo Matt McCarthy & Katina Corrao, and trio Sidecar—each performing one of their most popular sketches and one of their personal favorites in a fun revue hosted by James Eason & Aaron Kheifets: A-Side/B-Side

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