NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/27/10

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TV & movie star--and NYC beloved comedy treasure--Kristen Schaal performs tonight at Totally J/K

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] 8:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (lovely, brilliant, breathtakingly talented writer/actress/comic; shining star on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords; Comedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; feature film Cirque du Freak (with Salma Hayek); co-star of Web & upcoming UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; winner of numerous comedy awards, including the prestigious 2nd Annual Andy Kaufman Award and the 2008 ECNY Award for Best Female Stand-Up), Joe Randazzo (Editor of The Onion), and musical guest Via Audio joining hilarious hosts Joe Mande and Noah Garfinkel at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($13 online using code VIPJAN, plus 2-item min.): Comedy superstar Dave Attell, Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, Daily Show Executive Producer Rory Albanese, and more performing stand-up at this monthly event: The Daily Show and Friends

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Ray Devito, Erin Judge, Amy Beckerman, Rich Brooks, Bethany Van Delft, and Carrie Gravenson performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell and Emmy Rivera: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jason Trachtenburg (Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players), Myq Kaplan (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central) Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), and Jesse Popp (co-host of Beauty Bar Comedy) performing at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Max Silvestri and Gabe Liedman: 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 Ophira Eisenberg, Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Mark Sam Rosenthal, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme “Family Secrets:” The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 10:00 pm ($8 online using code VIPJAN, plus 2-item min.): A monthly gathering of top comedy talent—tonight including lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver and Friends, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Hannibal Burress (red-hot rising stand-up star and staff writer at Saturday Night Live), Omid Singh, Shang, and “a special surprise guest”—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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