NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 2/17/11

February 17, 2011

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Lecy Goranson and Kimmy Gatewood

Lecy Goranson and Kimmy Gatewood both make rare NYC appearances tonight at "Dealing with My Feelings"

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:

7:00 pm ($12): Terrific NYC stand-ups Tom Shillue (Comedy Central Presents), Victor Varnado (Conan O’Brien), James Smith (Comedy Central), Rory Albanese (Executive Producer of The Daily Show), Chuck Nice (VH1’s Best Week Ever), Jon Fisch (In the Tank), Tom McCaffrey (The Onion), Michael Somerville (Wingman), and Dan Naturman (Last Comic Standing) performing with host Sean Donnelly at Comedy Below Canal

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): A blowout lineup of Lecy Goranson (Becky from Roseanne), Kimmy Gatewood (The Apple Sisters, briefly visiting from LA), Corn Mo (wonderful singer/songwriter; .357 Lover), Matt Higgins (Centralia), Joe Schiappa (MTV, Nathan + Joe), Will Nunziata (Dystopia Gardens), and AndrewAndrew (Time Out New York) express themselves through poetry and dance in a show hosted by Nathan Phillips: Dealing With My Feelings

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improvisor Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, co-writer/director/producer & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel, UCBT’s John & Scott) and veteran improvisor Rachel Hamilton perform as a duo—if Scott gets out of shooting 30 Rock in time tonight—as Hamilton & Adsit

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A Los Vegas-based stand-up & writer/actress who’s performed on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, E!, and Chelsea Lately, and is headlining tonight through Sunday at Carolines: Whitney Cummings

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($16.50 in advance by following instructions here): An acclaimed UK-based sketch comedy duo kicking off a four-night run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Pajama Men

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The unsinkable Mamrie Hart and her comedy partner Stephen Soroka areBest of Friends, and their new sketch show educates you about how to effectively promote it when you tell all your friends to see it: BoF: It’s Pronounced ‘Boaf’!; and in the other half of this double-bill, an interesting idea that doesn’t really get pulled off from adorable comics Geoff Garlock and Emily Strachan: Gettin’ Quaid

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at Mortified

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Typically terrific NYC stand-ups performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and (throughout February) by the wonderful Brooke Van Poppelen:Comedy as a Second Language

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central, Penelope: Princess of PetsHot Tub Variety), and Michele Carlo (The Moth) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, in telling true tales on tonight’s theme “Faking It”—plus raunchy comedic songs from Ben Lerman—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): A unique sports-themed stand-up, sketch comedy, and interview show hosted by Scott Rogowsky and Neil Janowitz that features both professional sports stars and comics doing sports-themed comedy—with tonight’s guests Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), and Matt Oberg & Matt Walton (hosts of The Onion’s SportsDome!: 12 Angry Mascots

[$] 10:00 pm ($31.25 & 2-drink min.) A provocative comedy star who’s written for Richard Pryor, Red Foxx, and Saturday Night Live, and performed on Chappelle’s Show and David Letterman, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Paul Mooney

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Genius improv troupe Outlook of the Poet (Jon Gabrus, Ben Rodgers, and Gavin Speiller) competes with delightfully named improv troupe Very Good Kiss for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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