NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/18/11

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The Pajama Men

There are only two more nights to catch star UK sketch comedy duo The Pajama Men

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!

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Colin Jost (longtime staff writer for Saturday Night Live), and Raquel D’Apice, plus the usual sketch comedy gang, and musical band Fortress of Solitude, all performing at Karma Lounge with hosts Pat Stango & Blaine Perry for this endearingly oddball monthly comedy show: Don’t Touch Me There

[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

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm & 10:30 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 performing the third of their four-night run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Pajama Men

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Jordan Klepper and Laura Grey perform an acclaimed sketch show in which “they’re bringing their baggage to the stage and dumping it all on you in Baggage; and in the other half of this double-bill, very smart and somewhat nerdy comics Dan St. Germain (MTV; quick-witted rising star) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill) doing a show about history’s most infamous rivalries in They Hated Each Other

[TOP PICK] [FREE—plus FREE OPEN BAR!] 8:00 pm doors/free drinks, 9:00 pm show: A special ECNY award nominee showcase—sponsored by Ocean Spray, which from 8:00 to 9:00 pm will give you any drink you like that goes with Ocean Spray at no charge—featuring Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), last year’s ECNY award-winning sketch troupe Murderfist, superb storyteller John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), and Robert Dean performing at Brooklyn’s Coco 66 for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s Too Cool for School

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sharp NYC stand-ups (not announced) performing at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue): Hot Soup

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A series regular on Mad TV who’s also performed on HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, WB, and such movies as The Hangover, Old School, and Bad Santaheadlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Bryan Callen

[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): Comedy veterans Miriam Tolan (The Daily Show), Jodi Lennon (Exit 57), and Ari Voukydis 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

11:30 pm ($5): Michael Short pulling off the enormously difficult feat of performing an improv show with multiple characters all by himself: Legion

[TOP PICK] Midnight ($5): “For the last 1,157 years, the NY Academy of Talent has been home to the hottest and freshest acting talent not accepted to an accredited university. This showcase is our students’ chance to show the world their process and their product (and their headshots!). Many casting agents, talent managers, artistic producers, and other important “industry people” have received postcards and voicemails informing them of the event. They are not required to RSVP. So come enjoy the proverbial fruits of our students’ six months of growth as they ripen and fall from our talent tree. Refreshments will not be served.” This delightful-sounding one-night-only event is hosted by Anthony King (brilliant Artistic Director of UCBT) and Jim Santangeli (Reuben Williams), and features such genuine rising stars as Mamrie HartShannon Coffey, and Katie Schorr: NY Academy of Talent: Showcase For Industry (& Parents!)

To view HyReviews.com NYC Comedy Picks from previous weeks, please click here.

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

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