NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/3/09

June 3, 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:

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

[TOP PICK] razor-sharp writer/comic Joe Mande, with the aid of superb performers Chris Gethard and Jenny Slate, recreating on stage Joe’s experiences interning for The Maury Povich Show at Workdays with Maury (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] rising star Charlie Sanders performing one of the most vibrant and hilarious autobiographical shows you’ll ever see, plus a one-woman comedic play performed and co-written by Jill Donnelly, in the double-bill Minnesota Muslim and Amnesia (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Eugene Mirman (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, VH1, book The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life, host of Tearing the Veil of Maya), John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-up comics in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; comedy CD The Top Part), Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), and more at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy) and other sharp NYC stand-ups at a free weekly comedy show hosted tonight by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] stellar storyteller Melanie Hamlett; NYC stand-ups Pat Galante, Brendan Fitzgibbons, and Mara Herron; and sketch comedy performers Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting at a free show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] a fun new monthly show featuring sharp NYC comics telling their funniest one-liners at host Matt Goldich’s 25 Words or Less (9:00 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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