NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/15/09

July 15, 2009

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Myka Fox
Myka Fox

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 Great Mix-Em-Up (6:00 pm-midnight),

[TOP PICK] stellar comedic storytellers Myka Fox (host of NYC’s Comical Radio), Rob Gorden (former co-host of Spike TV’s Geek-Ray Vision and NYC’s The Rob and Mark Show), Sean Donnelly (XM Radio; host of Lil’ Seany Boy and co-host of Ochi’s Motel), and Michelle Leona (host of The Dr. Michelle Party Show and stellar accordion player)—plus live accordion music by Michelle, and a quiz for a free bottle of wine—at a show hosted by the razor-sharp Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT) in which top comics and storytellers reveal odd aspects of themselves: Sideshow Goshko (7:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] a hilarious idea for a show—make up comedy skits from stories in the New York Post—brought to life by quick-witted & inventive duo John Mulaney (staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Conan O’Brien, VH1’s Best Week Ever; 2008 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up Comedian) and Patrick Borelli (Conan O’Brien, SuperDeluxe, author of book Holy Headshot!) in CBS/NYC Presents: New York Post Live! (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents, upcoming HBO series Funny or Die, host of Whiplash), Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Rachel Feinstein (Comedy Central; opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), and Ross Hyzer at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] superb stand-ups Matt McCarthy (Comedy Central, AMC, Verizon FIOS guy, Front Page Films), Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1, Showtime), Carolyn Castiglia (Last Comic Standing, VH1), and Brian McGuinness (Gotham Comedy Club) at a free weekly stand-up comedy show tonight hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[FREE] sharp comics Daniel Michael, Malaika Gordon, Jason Saenz, Garry N. Hannon, Calvin Cato, and Calin Fernandez at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] superb comedic storytellers Glennis McMurray (I Eat Pandas, Conan O’Brien), Jon Gabrus (Spike TV, UCBT’s The Law Firm and The Nights Of Our Lives), Rory Scovel (Live at Gotham, Bumbershoot), and Greg Barris (Heart of Darkness, MTV’s All That Rocks), and Rory Panagotopulos (Oscarbait) telling tales of their worst NYC experiences in Ilana & Eliot Glazer’s New York Sh*tty (9:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] over a dozen of the finest talents at the Upright Citizen Brigade—meaning many of the best best improv and sketch comedy performers in New York—gathering to strut their stuff and provide sneak peeks of upcoming productions at UCBT’s Summer Showcase (9:30 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE COOKIES] a joyous gathering of top comedy talent, tonight including Christian Finnegan (three Comedy Central specials, commentator on MNBC’s Countdown with Keith Oberman and VH1’s Best Week Ever; Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Myq Kaplan (Comedy Central), Erin Judge (Comedy Central), and luminous & lovely host Margie Kment performing a full-blown comedy show at 10:00 pm, preceded by a wonderful networking event mixing folks from the NYC theatre and comedy scenes—plus the debut of a new variety of intense free homemade cookies baked by Margie—all at Hold for the Laughs (9:30 pm party/networking/cookies, 10:00 pm show),

[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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