NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/30/09

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John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

John Oliver and Janeane Garofalo

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 to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show and genius stand-up comic), Ali Wong (human dynamo stand-up; The Onion), and Jesse Pop (Comedy Central, co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): Movie & TV comedy superstar Janeane Garofalo, brilliant Daily Show star John Oliver, Daily Show Executive Producer Rory Albanese, Daily Show Supervising Producer Adam Lowitt, and former Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson performing stand-up at this monthly event: The Daily Show & Friends

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00: Uniformly wonderful stand-ups Baron Vaughn, Sarah Schaefer, Eric Andre, Ali Waller, and Claudia Cogan performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC comics Ray Devito, Ilana Glazer, Bruce Cherry, Mo Diggs, Jacqueline Kabat, and Erik Bergstrom at a free weekly show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Superb stand-ups Baron Vaughn (red-hot rising star; Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Shoot the Messenger, Awkward Kings of Comedy), Hari Kondadbolu (Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel), Tom McCaffrey (Comedy Central, The Onion), and Eliot Glazer (co-host of High School Talent Show and New York Shitty) at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, and sometimes SNL’s Jenny Slate: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, tonight featuring brilliant writer/performers Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of Real Tales of College), John Flynn, Cecilia Lederer, Tami Sagher, and wonderful host David Martin telling tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Weddings:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($15 online using code ABLAST, plus 2-item min.): A blowout monthly gathering of top comedy talent from around the country—tonight featuring lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the biz; Comedy Central, The Daily Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, co-host of hit show Punch Up Your Life); a superstar comedy guest I can’t announce, but let’s just say he’s even whiter than Pete Holmes; Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Hannibal Burress (writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Robert Kelly (HBO, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel, VH1, MTV), and Steve Hofstetter (Craig Ferguson, Showtime, VH1, ESPN)—all performing at ComedyJuice

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) providing as many as a dozen guests packed into 75 minutes performing 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; and this is often one of the most amazing comedy shows in town. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

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