NYC Top Comedy Choices for Thursday 9/9/10

September 9, 2010

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Jay Oakerson

Big Jay Oakerson performs tonight both at Comix in "Funny in Philly" and at Carolines in "Dirty Minds"...

Faye Lane

...and one of the very finest comedies of FringeNYC 2010 tonight begins a limited encore run: Faye Lane's Beauty Shop Stories

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] [$] 7:30 pm ($10, plus 2-item minimum): Stand-ups who got their start in Philly—comedy giant Jay Oakerson, Joe DeRosa (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central), Mike Pomranz (writer for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 and, Keith Robinson (David Letterman, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Richie Redding, and host Helen Hong—performing for one night only at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: It’s Always Funny in Philadelphia

7:30 pm ($5): Sharp improvisors directed by James Eason “take an audience suggestion and break it into a million funny pieces,” and veteran improvisors play with “elements of monoscene, deconstruction, and La Ronde,” in the double-bill The Deconstruction and Sleepover

[$] 7:30 pm ($32.75 & 2-drink min.)  A TV & film star whose credits include Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah and Bulworth; hosting BET’s Hollah! and Comic View; and appearing on ABC’s The View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Politically Incorrect, and Showtime’s Laffapalooza, headlining through Sunday at Carolines: Sheryl Underwood

8:00 pm ($5): “Seemingly unrelated or meaningless episodes of multiple personalities, bizarre delusion, and general perversion, suggesting a deranged mind,” co-written and performed by Paul W. Downs; and young talents do a sketch show about cops, in the double-bill The Paul Downs Syndrome and The Sit Down and Shut Up NYPD Variety Hour

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($18): One of the very best shows at FringeNYC 2010 was an award-winning comedy from NYC’s own Faye Lane, a luminous storyteller and singer who will charm your socks off—and possibly give you a moon pie to boot. Please read my review by clicking here; and don’t miss this second chance provided by the FringeNYC Encore Series to experience the hilarious and unforgettable Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): 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 Eliot Glazer (author of upcoming Web site & bookWhen My Parents Were Awesome) joining sensual hosts Margot Leitman (VH1, Spike TV) and Giulia Rozzi (MTV, in telling tales on tonight’s theme “Love Triangles”—plus comedic songs from Jen Kwok (NBC’s Stand-Up For Diversity)—at the best sexy storytelling comedy show in NYC: Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($20 & 2-item minimum): Superb stand-ups Wyatt Cenac (correspondent forThe Daily Show), Joe DeRosa, Julian McCullough, Dean Edwards, Jamie Kilstein, and host Carmen Lynch performing at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Still Standing Up

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($20 & 2-drink min.) Some of the raunchiest shock comics in the biz—Adrienne Iapalucci, Kurt Metzger, Mike Vecchione, and headliner Jay Oakerson, performing stand-up through Sunday at Carolines: Jay Oakerson’s Dirty Minds

[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Brilliant improv troupe Rogue Elephant, which has crushed three opponents in a row (last week, by 104 to 24), tonight competes with improv troupe Sheldrake Boothroy for audience laughs and votes at the raucous Cage Match

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