NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/18/09

March 18, 2009

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Margie Kment

Margie Kment

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] an hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Oral) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas (7:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] Dan Naturman (Comedy Central, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien), Giulia Rozzi (MTV, VH1, CNN, Stripped Stories), Rob Gorden (The Onion, Spike TV, Food Network), Pat O’Shea (The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Joke Writing), Diana Saez (CNN, winner of 2009 ECNY Award for Best Short Film), live accordion music by Michelle Leona, and a quiz for free booze, 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: Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] eight stellar storytellers trying to fool the audience, ably abetted by host Andy Christie (The New York Times) at The Liar Show (8:00 pm),

[FREE] sharp stand-ups Joe Mande, Michelle Collins, Jena Friedman, and Julian McCullough at at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] fine stand-ups Carmen Lynch, Ali Wong, Dan Fontaine, Andy Hendrickson, Fariaz, and Judy Ortiz. at the free Shrink (8:00 pm),

stellar comic Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) showcasing mostly terrible performers from his humor book on aspiring actors and their primary marketing tool: Holy Headshot! (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus intense free homemade chocolate chip cookies that have come to be known as “Stoner Cookies”—followed by a full-blown comedy show with terrific stand-ups Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Jena Friedman (Entertaining the Bartender), Jamie Lee (Diamonds In The Fluff), and Brent Sullivan, plus sketch troupe The Impending Moustache—hosted by lovely & hilarious stand-up and cookie baker Margie Kment at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[TOP PICK] 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 (9:30 pm).

[TOP PICK] 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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