NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 11/18/09

November 18, 2009

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Hilariously inventive comic Brett Gelman is part of a blowout lineup tonight at Big Terrific

Hilariously inventive comic Brett Gelman is part of a blowout lineup tonight at Big Terrific

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

6:30 pm ($5): Superb comic Patrick Borelli auditioning a one-man show, plus a sketch show debut, in the double-bill You Should Judge a Book by Its Cover and Last Show Ever

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Delightfully quirky monthly storytelling show in which comics and comedic yarn-spinners are asked to reveal aspects of themselves that are odd and unusual—and that includes such carnival elements as an accordion player, and a challenging trivia contest for someone in the audience to win a bottle of wine. Tonight’s performers are Martin Dockery (Moth Slam Champion), Jenna Brister (Moth Slam Champion), Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez (1001 Nights), Selena Coppock (Boston Comedy Festival), and thoroughly charming and razor-sharp host Leslie Goshko (Manhattan Monologue Champion, UCBT): Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb writer/comics Andrew WK, Matt McCarthy, Michelle Collins, and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[FREE] 8:00: NYC comedic musicians and stand-ups the Manson Family Singers, Leah Dubie, H. Alan Scott, M. Dickson, and Calvin Cato performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: A blow-out gathering of top stand-ups—Brett Gelman, Leo Allen, Glenn Wool, Ali Wong, and Nikki Glaster—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): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Adam Wade, Curtis Gwinn, Jeff Hiller, Mark Normand, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Teachers:” The Nights of Our Lives

[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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