NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/5/09

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For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

Glennis McMurray & Eliza Skinner are geniuses at making up musicals on the spot as improv duo I Eat Pandas
Glennis McMurray & Eliza Skinner are geniuses at making up musicals on the spot as improv duo I Eat Pandas

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

7:00 pm ($5): A comedic play written by Jill Donnelly & Amy Flanagan, performed by Jill, and directed by Amy, described as “We’ve all been pushed down the stairs once or twice by a family member and fallen into a coma, right? And who hasn’t woken up a year later with amnesia? Ten characters fill in the details for one amnesiac, Jane, in a night filled with dirty tales, creepy songs, deranged siblings, dungeons and dragons, and more:” Amnesia & Attempted Murder in Upstate NY

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Emily Epstein, Phoebe Robinson, J-L Cauvin, Paul Goncalves, Jay Nog, and Kyle Fincham at a free weekly stand-up comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by the luminous Margie Kment (who’s away tonight) & Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($6): innovative TV mini-shows (no longer than 5 minutes each) that live or die by audience votes, screening tonight at the 92Y Tribeca Mainstage: Channel101: NY

[FREE] 8:30 pm: terrific stand-ups Jon Fisch (Comedy Central), Andrea Rosen (Variety SHAC), Kyle Kinane (Carson Daly), and Greg Johnson (host of The Comedians) at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC comics Kevin McCaffrey, Adam Newman, Luke Cunningham, Pat Cassel, Ryan Reiss, and many more each trying out a one-liner in Matt Goldich’s unique show at Ochi’s Lounge: 25 Words or Less

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): an entirely improvised musical from genius comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner, and a comedic play with music, dancing, and fisting from Mary Elizabeth Ellis (the waitress on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Artemis Pebdani (foul-mouthed Artemis on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; for memorable audition video, please click here) in the double-bill I Eat Pandas and Mother May I Dance with Mary Jane’s Fist?

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform stand-up, improv, sketch, and occasionally acts that defy categorization. The level of talent can vary wildly—but for some (like me), that’s part of the laid-back fun. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For comprehensive FringeNYC 2009 coverage, please click here.

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