NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 2/18/09

February 18, 2009

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Carolyn Castiglia, Leslie Goshko, and Chris Gethard

Carolyn Castiglia, Leslie Goshko, and Chris Gethard

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] a prime opportunity to experience a wide range of UCBT solo performers and sketch comedy groups, with performances appearing back-to-back and running for hours—and it’s all free!—at UCBT’s Second Winter Showcase (5:00 pm),

five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (7:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] a blow-out line-up—Tom Shillue (star storyteller; Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show), Shayna Ferm (brilliantly funny singer/songwriter), Carolyn Castiglia (stellar stand-up and VH1 White Rapper with amazing new show Brown Ambition), Margot Leitman (ace storyteller; Conan O’Brien, Stripped Stories), Mike Drucker (writer for Saturday Night Live and The Onion), and Paul Oddo (—at a show hosted by the vivacious and razor-sharp Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves in a carnival atmosphere (complete with accordion player and alcoholic audience prizes): Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] one of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country performing a one-man show that should not be missed: Chris Gethard’s Magic Box of Stories (8:00 pm),

NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Chelsea White, Mike Lawrence, Vikki Stone, Pat Breslin, Brian Longwell, and Troy Bynam at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the finest stand-ups and sketch comics in NYC—national comedy stars Ted Alexandro and Paul F. Tompkins, plus adorably shocking comedy duo Gabe & Jenny, Michelle Collins, and Paul Oddo—performing in Brooklyn at a blow-out free show hosted by the hilarious Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel: Totally J/K (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus homemade cookies!—followed by a full-blown comedy show with Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1’s White Rapper, tonight performing 20 minutes from her red-hot new one-woman show Brown Ambition), Sean Crespo (Comedy Central, co-host of Drink at Work), and Erin Judge (Comedy Central)—hosted by the lovely & hilarious Margie Kment at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] an entirely improvised musical from genius improv duo Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] and typically stellar stand-up comics who perform their sets but are periodically interrupted by the host—one of the funniest men on the planet, Doug Benson—at a very special show called The Benson Interruption (11:00 pm).

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