NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/14/09

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Melanie Hamlett and other stellar storytellers reveal how they broke the law tonight at Risk!

Melanie Hamlett and other stellar storytellers reveal how they broke the law tonight at Risk!

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] [$] 7:30 pm ($12, plus 2-drink or $12 food min.): Top comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are 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), Melanie Hamlett (Moth GrandSlam Champion, roving adventurer), Faye Lane (Beauty Shop Stories), and Zak Orth—join brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) in Joe’s Pub to share their tales of going “Against The Law” at the exciting new weekly storytelling event Risk!

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Top writers and comedians—who tonight are Tracy Rowland, Jeff Simmermon, DJ Hazard, and Jenna Brister—join world-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) in Ochi’s Lounge to share their favorite true campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

[FREE] 8:00: Human dynamo Ali Wong, plus stand-ups Jay Bois, Dan Hirshon, Sam Fortenbaugh, Alec Sobel, and Wes Cannon, performing at this free weekly show tonight guest-hosted by Emmy Rivera: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Wonderful stand-ups Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon; Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Hannibal Burress (writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, concert film The Awkward Kings of Comedy), Jon Friedman (Jimmy Fallon, The Rejection Show), and Jon Gabrus (Spike TV) performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[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

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