NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 11/4/09

November 4, 2009

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Janeane Garofalo and other brilliant comedic storytellers perform 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:

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm ($12 ticket; plus two-drink or $12 food min. if you sit at a table): World-class comics and comedic storytellers—who tonight are TV & movie superstar Janeane Garofalo, bestselling author Elna Baker (for a Q&A about Elna’s book, please click here), brilliant stand-up Leo Allen (HBO, Conan O’Brien, SNL, Comedy Central), and Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb)—join brilliant sketch comic and storyteller Kevin Allison (The State) in Joe’s Pub to share tales on the theme “Sneaky Choices” at the exciting new weekly storytelling event Risk!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Some of the finest comedic singer/songwriters in NYC—Adira Amram, Stuckey & Murray, God’s Pottery (Wilson Hall & Krister Johnson), Snakes (Adam Lustick & Billy Scafuri), and Thin Skin Johnny—joining wonderful hosts Anthony King and Scott Brown at this spectacular one-night-only event: Your Favorite Band Sucks…at Comedy

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Two top NYC sketch troupes, Murderfist and Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, perform intense comedy in the intimate East Village Red Room theatre: The Last Murderfist Show

8:00 pm ($7): Sharp NYC stand-ups Caroline Rhea, Becky Donohue, Liam McEneaney, and Costaki Economopoulos performing at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s monthly comedy showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[FREE] 8:00: Sharp NYC storytellers and stand-ups Leslie Goshko, John Flynn, Claire Titelman, Lisa Haim, Anthony Spinner, and Hollywood Beach Brian performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Jordan Carlos (The Colbert Report), Claire Titelman (Veronica Mars), Robert Buscemi (designated “Best Comedian 2009” by Chicago Reader), Rich Juzwiack, and “a special secret showbiz guest we aren’t allowed to announce because he or she has another fancy gig in town this week” performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:30 pm ($5): Two one-man shows—about having cancer and being gay—for a mere five bucks in the double-bill Nick Ross: Highly Evolved Human and Brent Sullivan: Fag Life

[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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