NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/7/09

October 7, 2009

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Pete Holmes and a slew of other top stand-ups celebrate the new home of weekly show Now We're Talking

Pete Holmes and a slew of other top stand-ups celebrate the new home of free weekly comedy show Now We're Talking

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] [FREE + FREE COOKIES] 8:00: An all-star lineup of brilliant stand-ups—Anthony Jeselnik, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Liam McEneaney—celebrating this free weekly show’s move to new venue O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Genius stand-up John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show), brilliant sketch comic & storyteller Kevin Allison (The State, Risk!), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), and Claudia Cogan (VH1’s Best Week Ever) at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s stand-up showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about the year 1969 (e.g., “1969: Maybe Not Such a Big Deal”) in the Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[FREE + FREE FOOD + FREE CUPCAKES] 8:00: Celebrating host Sharon “Mama” Spell’s birthday, sharp stand-ups Emmy Rivera, Rob Gorden, Vicki Ferentinos, Sue Funke, Pat O’Shea, plus music from Colin Dempsey, and food by Emmy Rivera, and cupcakes by Vicki Ferentinos, all at Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Fine stand-ups Michelle Collins, Julian McCullough, Brent Sullivan, and Abe Smith at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC comics Adam Newman, Kevin McCaffrey, Luke Cunningham, Pat Cassels, Ryan Reiss, and more telling their funniest one-liners at host Matt Goldich’s 25 Words or Less

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Several musicals made up entirely on the spot by award-winning improv comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner as I Eat Pandas

[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

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For cherished moments from David Letterman, please visit here.

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