NYC Top Comedy Choices for Friday 8/5/11

August 5, 2011

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Jimmy Fallon

I don't know how it happened either, but Jimmy Fallon is co-headlining with Bobby Slayton at the Gotham Comedy Club

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] 6:00 pm: An open-mic show on a lottery system (sign-ups start at 5:30 pm) at The Creekupstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with hosts Mike Recine and Annie Lederman: The Shinebox

7:00 pm ($5): Five women performing an improvised, and possibly tipsy, parody of The View atFocus

7:30 pm ($10): Remember how your father totally screwed you up? Imagine if you were brought up by Doug Moe: Doug Moe is a Bad Dad; plus in the other half of this double-bill, the appealing Veronica Osorio makes her first attempt to fly solo by performing as five gals who win a chance to be The First Woman on the Moon

8:00 pm ($10): An improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): A special all-storytelling edition, with Ophira Eisenberg, James Adomian, Jon Friedman, and Adam Newman performing at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel, Matt Maragno, and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor): It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Carmen Lynch, Sam Morril, Team Submarine, Brandon Wardell, and Joe Pera performing stand-up at O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue) hosted by Mark Normand: Hot Soup

8:00 pm ($10): An improv troupe making up a musical on the spot after a friendly greeting: Hello

[$] 8:00 pm ($29 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s made a fortune from dysfunction headlining tonight through Sunday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Christopher Titus

[FREE] 8:00 pm: An open-mic show that’s first come, first serve (sign-ups start at 7:30 pm), with each comic getting five minutes on stage at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City: Mic and Cheese

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:30 pm ($25 & 2-drink min.): I can’t imagine how this double-bill came to be, but two of the unlikeliest stand-ups to be on a stage together—Jimmy Fallon and Bobby Slayton—share the headlining tonight at the Gotham Comedy Club: Jimmy Fallon and “The Pitbull”

8:30 pm ($7): Veteran improvisors Megan Gray & Louis Kornfeld team up to perform as improv duo MegaLou

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

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Joe List (Comedy Central), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Greg Johnson (IFC), Lou Fernandez, and Brandon Wardell performing at Brooklyn’s Red Star Bar (37 Greenpoint Avenue) for hosts Nick Turner’s & Jason Saenz’s  Too Cool for School

9:30 pm ($10): A screening of the first five episodes of Web series Sweet Misery, followed by improv from the cast…which includes such stellar talents as Ali Farahnakian, Matt Oberg, and Steve Soroka: Sweet Misery Premiere

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7): Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, host of TV pilot of The Liar Show), Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1), Nora Davis, and musical group Social Hero performing at The PIT’s downstairs lounge with host Laura Pringley: Too Soon

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($7): Singing improvisors, including such world-class performers as the breathtakingly talented Tara Copeland, using an interview with an audience member to craft The Made-Up Musical

[TOP PICK] 10:30 pm ($10): Comedy genius Thomas Middleditch (when he’s not in LA), Nate Lang, Craig Rowin, Matt Fisher, Fran Gillespie Sue Galloway, and other superb improvisors make up scenes about an audience member’s legal dispute at The Law Firm: Law & Disorder

[$] 10:30 pm ($27.25 & 2-drink min.) A comic who’s performed a Comedy Central Presents special and is a cast member of Ugly Americans, and has also appeared on Last Comic Standing, Showtime, and VH1, headlining tonight and Saturday at the Carolines Comedy Club: Kurt Metzger

11:00 pm ($5): Micah Sherman celebrates his birthday by performing stand-up and having improvisors create scenes springboarding off his jokes at Micah’s Birthday

[TOP PICK] 11:30 pm ($5): Before the show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions, secrets, rants, advice and opinions which will be used onstage by the improvisors—who include such talents as Laura Grey (stellar old-time radio style theatrical podcast Horrorgasm, sketch/improv duo Klepper & Grey): The Friday Night Sh*w

Midnight ($5): “A super-positive lifestyle program for teenage girls hosted by two guys with a huge passion for glossy pop music, Lisa Frank school supplies, and all that the world presents as ‘hip’ to young women during the melodramatic years of adolescence. With help from their outstanding panel of experts, Dan Chamberlain & Jason Flowers rap about entertainment, fashion, boys, and more in an effort to bring empowerment and enlightenment to the teen girl inside all of us:” Cool Show 4 Teen Girlz

[$] 12:30 am ($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

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