NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/20/09

May 20, 2009

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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:

[TOP PICK] music superstar Moby, youngest staff writer in history of Saturday Night Live Simon Rich, stand-up Mike Weiss, and more at a live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay (6:00 pm),

[FREE] six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] stellar comedic storytellers Charlie Sanders (genius storytelling one-man show Minnesota Muslim; Conan O’Brien, star improv troupes Reuben Williams and C, C + C Improv Factory), Adam Pally (ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, star improv troupes Death by Roo Roo and Hot Sauce), Andy Christie (The New York Times; Moth GrandSlam Champion; author of book I Wasn’t Kidding; host of The Liar Show), Melanie Hamlett (Moth StorySlam Champion), and Ben Kissel (The Brain and the Beast podcast)—plus live accordion music by Michelle Leona, and a quiz for a free bottle of wine—at a show hosted by the razor-sharp and immensely talented Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves: Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] sharp stand-ups Roger Hailes (Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Chappelle’s Show, VH1), Katina Corrao (VH1’s Best Week Ever, HBO, Comedy Central), Jiwon Lee (Comedy Central, AMC, ESPN), and Brent Sullivan at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Nick Turner (VH1, ESPN, Too Cool for School), Raquel D’Apice (The Ugly Volvo), H. Alan Scott (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics), and Ryan McKee (Modest Proposal magazine) at a free weekly comedy show hosted by Matt Maragno & the luminous Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] NYC stand-ups Myq Kaplan, Hardcore Boris, Sue Funke, Judy Ortiz, Pat O’Shea, and Troy Bynum at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

comics, writers, and others telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE COOKIES] Baron Vaughn (Comedy Central, MTV, Cloverfield, Shoot the Messenger), Donald Glover (30 Rock, Conan O’Brien, Derrick, Mystery Team), Gilad Foss (co-host of Night Kitchen), Matt Maragno (co-host of Now We’re Talking), Dan Mahoney, and luminous & lovely host Margie Kment performing a full-blown stand-up 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] an entirely improvised musical from a genius comedy duo, and an improvised soap opera, in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Hot Lather: As the Diamond Burns (9:30 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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