NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 12/30/09

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Some of the most brilliant storytellers in NYC bid a fond farewell to comedy genius Curtis Gwinn (who's leaving for fame & fortune in LA) at a very special edition of The Nights of Our Lives

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] 7:00 pm to midnight: Five free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm ($42 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up comedy superstar completing his headlining run tonight (with Amy Schumer) at Carolines: Dave Attell

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Saturday Night Live’s Jenny Slate & her comedy partner Gabe Liedman, always inventive & surreal Jon Daly (Cracked Out, Mystery Team), and Gabe Delahaye (writer/editor of joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Bruce Cherry, Colin Dempsey, Vicki Ferentinos, Rob Gorden, Pat O’Shea, and Gerard Mignone performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell and Emmy Rivera: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Saturday Night Live’s Jenny Slate, musical improv beatbox genius Reggie Watts (Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company), Kumail Nanjiani (David Letterman, Comedy Central), Rory Scovel, and Andy Haynes 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 Curtis Gwinn, Chris Gethard, Anthony Atamanuik, Brian Finkelstein, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s special theme a farewell to comedy genius Curtis Gwinn (Death by Roo Roo, Adult Swim), who’s leaving us to pursue fame and fortune in LA: The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($50 ticket; plus $12 min. if you sit at a table): A comic who’s been a movie star and singer, and has experienced a roller coaster career but remains a performer unlike any other, doing a new show with her band at Joe’s Pub through New Year’s Eve: Sandra Bernhard

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($10 online using code DEAL, plus 2-item min.): A monthly gathering of top comedy talent—tonight including musical improv beatbox genius Reggie Watts (Jimmy Fallon, The Electric Company), 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),
Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Sean Patton, James Harris, and Rob O’Reilly—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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