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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[FREE] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),
[TOP PICK] Violet Krumbein demonstrating she’s one of the most darkly funny talents in NYC in her eerie and hilarious one-woman show Human Painkiller (7:00 pm),
[TOP PICK] Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim, co-host of Punch Up Your Life), John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1′s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian), and Brent Sullivan (Funny.com) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K (8:00 pm),
[TOP PICK] [$] John Oliver (stand-up comedy genius and star correspondent of The Daily Show), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show, cast member of upcoming HBO Kanye West show), Adam Lowitt (producer for The Daily Show, host of It Is It!), and more at a stand-up show from Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show: Rory Albanese and Friends (8:00 pm),
[FREE] Adam Newman, Team Submarine, Mike Ennis, Ray Devito, Meg Cupernall, and Dewey Banks at a free weekly stand-up comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),
[TOP PICK] [FREE] Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; 2009 ECNY Award for Best Musical Comedy Act and the 2007 Andy Kaufman Award; cast member of the new Electric Company; Jimmy Fallon), Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Ali Wong (hilarious stand-up dynamo; The Onion), and Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, VH1, The Onion) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:30 pm),
[TOP PICK] a blowout gathering to top comedy talent—Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), brilliant stand-ups John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live, Conan O’Brien, VH1), Kumail Nanjiani (staff writer of upcoming Michael Black & Michael Showalter Comedy Central series; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, Jimmy Kimmel; winner of the 2009 ECNY Awards for Best Male Stand-Up), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films), and Jared Logan (hilarious razor-sharp comic; Comedy Central)—plus producers Aalap Patel, Matteson Perry, and Chelsea White, and free pizza & baked goods and prizes, celebrating New Young Comedians: First Year Anniversary Show (free pizza & baked goods at 8:30, show & prizes at 9:00 pm),
[TOP PICK] [FREE COOKIES] a joyous gathering of top comedy talent, including Todd Barry (brilliant wry stand-up; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim, The Wrestler), Livia Scott (magical comedic chameleon; Conan O’Brien, one-woman show Goodnight, O.J.), Ali Wong (hilarious stand-up dynamo; The Onion), sketch duo Team Submarine, stand-up Christian Polanco, and luminous & lovely host Margie Kment performing a full-blown comedy show at 10:00 pm, preceded by a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus intense free homemade chocolate chip cookies baked by Margie that have come to be known as “Stoner Cookies”—all at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),
[TOP PICK] some of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Curtis Gwinn, and Jonathan Gabrus—telling memorable tales about “Summer Jobs” at one of the finest shows in NYC, Dave Martin’s The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] powerhouse stand-up star Bill Burr (described as “comedy’s future;” HBO and Comedy Central Presents specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien), Nick Griffin (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; 7 appearances on David Letterman), Jay Larson (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, AMC), Eliot Chang (Comedy Central, MTV, Spike TV), Louis Katz (HBO’s Down n’ Dirty), and possibly a superstar “surprise guest” at an LA stand-up series famed for top talent dropping in unannounced and that’s now making an NYC home at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: ComedyJuice (10:00 pm),
[TOP PICK] [FREE] and a free, laid-back, and occasionally magical variety show where virtually anything can happen on a School Night (11:00).
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