NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/17/09

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The Best of the Sci-Fi Screening Room
The Best of the Sci-Fi Screening Room

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] legendary Saturday Night Live writer Tom Davis, Doug Gillard (guitarist for Guided by Voices), and singer Lena Potapova 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),

[MEGA-TOP PICK] a spectacular 2-hour “best of” collection of oddball film clips featuring super-heroes, robots, bigfoot, SF musicals, and more at The Best of the Sci-Fi Screening Room (7:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stellar comedic storytellers Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Robin Gelfenbien (VH1, 2008 FringeNYC show My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey), Mark Normand (co-host of We’re All Friends Here), and H. Alan Scott (here! TV’s Hot Gay Comics, Sirius XM Radio)—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] 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 Weird Birds (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Mike Birbiglia (one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country; three Comedy Central specials, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me), Ted Alexandro (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials), and more at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, HBO, VH1, MOJO TV’s King of Miami, The Dave Hill Explosion), Jena Friedman (host of Entertaining the Bartender), Dan Hirshon, Adrienne Iapalucci, Tracy Marhal, Chris Doucette, and Tom Ragú at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[FREE] Jessica Delfino (brilliantly funny, raunchy writer/singer), Ali Wong (hilarious stand-up dynamo; The Onion), Rob O’Reilly (Jay Leno, Comedy Central), Lisa Delarios, Charlie Gaeta, and Neil Charles at a free weekly stand-up comedy show tonight hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] stand-ups and comedic storytellers Rob Gorden, Sean O’Connor, Sara Jo Allocco, Daniel Mahoney, and Trevor Williams telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in Ilana & Eliot Glazer’s New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[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).

For a chance to win free tickets to a star-studded comedy club show, please click here.

For full details about tonight’s shows, please visit

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