NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/27/09

May 27, 2009

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Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro

Todd Barry and Ted Alexandro

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

sharp NYC stand-ups Claudia Cogan (MTV, Logo Network, here! TV, Sirius OutQ), Jamie Lee (’s Best Night Ever, producer of Diamonds in the Fluff), Nick Turner (VH1, ESPN, host of Too Cool for School), David Angelo (David Angelo Radio Show), and Todd Montesi (Howard Stern Show), plus music provided by Joe Yoga during the Intermission (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] brilliant comedic singer/songwriter/actor Micah Bucey performing a tour de force series of parodies in the form of mini-musicals for his intimate and joyful monthly show The Gay Agenda (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] superb stand-ups Leo Allen (writer for Saturday Night Live 2002-2005; two Comedy Central Presents 1/2-hour specials; Conan O’Brien; upcoming HBO mini-series; award-winning stellar host of NYC weekly comedy show Whiplash), Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim, co-author of book Holy Headshot!), Greg Johnson (co-host of The Comedians), and Jesse Popp (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] Kumail Nanjiani (red-hot rising stand-up star; staff writer of upcoming Comedy Central series Michael and Michael Have Issues; Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, co-host of Game Bros. Live!), Dominic Dierkes (member of star comedy troupe Derrick), and Michelle Collins (VH1, MTV U, The Al Franken Show) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Jena Friedman (host of Entertaining the Bartender), Charles Star (host of Adult Education), John Knefel (writer for the The Huffington Post), and David Angelo (David Angelo Radio Show) 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, musical comics, and sketch performers Nick Zimmerman, soce the elemental wizard, Brian Longwell, Evan Morgenstern, Fariaz, and Phat Man Dee & Tommy Amoeba at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] some of the most razor-sharp and uproariously funny storytellers in the country—tonight including Anthony Atamanuik, Chris Gethard, John Flynn, and Jonathan Gabrus—telling memorable tales about “Bullies” at one of the finest shows in NYC, Dave Martin’s The Nights of Our Lives (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] two of the finest stand-up comedy stars in the country—Todd Barry (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO, Adult Swim, The Wrestler) and Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials)—plus sharp comics Jay Larson, Ben Morrison, Jamie Kaler, and “a surprise guest” at a stand-up series that’s been immensely popular in LA and is 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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