NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 2/25/11

February 25, 2011

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Don’t miss hilarious and beloved sketch comics including Katherine Bryant Flaherty, Shayna Ferm, Livia Scott, and Chris O’Connor performing their spectacular comedic musical one last night: Grease 3: Threase

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 ($8): Award-winning improv duo Lucas Kavner and Bradford Jordan make stuff up with “a celebrity guest improvisor’ at Swords

7:00 pm ($10): An NYC improv troupe, headed by Duncan Murdoch, making up scenes following not only an audience suggestion but the riffs of an instrumental jazz quartet: FACE

[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

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

8:00 pm ($7): “In March of 2009 a gaggle of performers were born. Some died, some wandered off into the woods, others went to work in the private sector. Those that remained grew strong by feeding on the nectar of specific choices and the gruel of strong character work. The not quite 2-year-old terror that exists today is akin to watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Burnese Mountain Dogs. What does it all mean? We don’t know.” Sharp improvisors make stuff up as troupe Chet Watkins

[FREE—plus chance to win a free drink!] 8:00 pm: Calvin S. Cato debuts a free weekly stand-up comedy show in Brooklyn—complete with trivia questions that may nab you a free drink—along with tonight’s guests Nikki Glaser (Jay Leno, Last Comic Standing, I Am Comic documentary), Jeffrey Joseph (HBO, In Living Color), Pat Rigby, Graham Keay, and Giulio Gallarotti performing at Brooklyn’s The Royal Oak (594 Union Avenue): The Pregame Comedy Show

[$] 8:30 pm & 10:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Showtime, and his own hour-long Comedy Central special headlining tonight and Saturday at the Gotham Comedy Club: Sebastian Maniscalco

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

9:00 pm ($5): An improvised celebration of this year’s Oscar contenders: The Nominated

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($10): Matt Oberg (Onion Sports Dome, Ugly Americans) celebrates and riffs on “The Greatest Hits of George Michael. WHAM! It’s on. Bring your Faith, your Freedom, and your Father Figures, we will do the rest with John Flynn, the karaoke video stylings of Kevin Scott, the inspired musings of Will Hines, improvisor Nate Starkey, actor Ben Schneider, the Downtown Superstar Band, and more:” Matt Oberg’s Hit Parade

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): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View atFocus

Midnight ($5): Sketch comedy troupes Hammerkatz and Pink Axe compete for audience laughs and votes, with troupe Sidecar hosting, in Backyard Brawl

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