NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/22/09

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Bishop & Douch, a surreal & silly UK comedy duo visiting NYC this week
Bishop & Douch, a surreal & silly UK comedy duo visiting NYC this week

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] four superb storytellers—Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien, VH1, Spike TV, co-host of sexy & funny Stripped Stories), Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, other co-host of Stripped Stories), Mark Baltazar (The Moth; razor-sharp writer), and Peter Aguero (Conan O’Brien, The BTK Band)—joining host Andy Christie (The New York Times, Moth GrandSlam Champion) in trying to mislead the audience at The Liar Show (6:00 pm),

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

[TOP PICK] John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Hannibal Burress (Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), and Ross Hyzer joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande & Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K (8:00 pm),

[TOP PICK] [FREE] Bishop & Douch (UK comedy stars visiting NYC this week), Jessi Klein (Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim, co-host of Punch Up Your Life), Charlie Sanders (genius storytelling one-man show Minnesota Muslim; Conan O’Brien, star improv troupes Reuben Williams and C, C + C Improv Factory), and DC Benny (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) at a free weekly Brooklyn extravaganza hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific (8:00ish pm),

[FREE] world-class stand-up 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) and other sharp stand-ups at a free weekly stand-up comedy show tonight hosted by Matt Maragno and the luminous & hilarious Margie Kment: Now We’re Talking (8:00 pm),

[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), Jamie Lee (VH1, producer of Diamonds in the Fluff), Rob Gorden (sharp comedic storyteller), and more at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink (8:00 pm),

world-class improvisor and utterly unique comic Eugene Cordero performing his special brand of silliness in a solo show, and a spoof of an old-style comedian advising newbies how to break into the biz from hilarious improvisor & sketch comic Gil Ozeri, in the double-bill Weird Birds and Buzzy Shore’s Master Class in Comedy (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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