NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/3/10

March 3, 2010

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Todd Barry experiments with telling dirty jokes while Rich Vos goes wholesome at Comix's The Squeaky Dirty, Filthy Clean Show

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

7:00 pm ($5): Brent Sullivan performing his one-man show about extreme homophobia in Fag Life: A Conversation with Fred Phelps

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The delightful Andrée Vermeulen performing a one-woman show in which she applies for “The Greatest French Person in the World Award” only to discover a terrible family secret involving waffles—and while performance trumps material here, Andrée is a fresh young talent worth discovering (for a memorable show highlight, shot with Andrée’s real-life boyfriend Thomas Middleditch, please click here); plus real-life married couple James Eason & Jessica Allen, who are both superb veteran improvisors, stretching themselves with this new scripted sketch show directed by Rachel Hamilton, in the double-bill French Toast and D-Bags, A-Holes & Lovers

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7; or save a buck and avoid a sell-out by buying in advance online): Lightning-fast & thoroughly hilarious Pete Holmes (one of the very best stand-ups in the country; Comedy Central Presents, The Daily Show, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up, VH1’s Best Week Ever, The New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), plus superb stand-ups Rachel Feinstein, Jon Friedman, Seth Herzog, and Baratunde Thurston, at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s popular showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($12.89 online using code VIPMARCH, plus 2-item min.): A mix of clean and blue stand-ups—who might opt to switch places—tonight including stellar comics Todd Barry, Rich Vos, Bonnie Franklin, Myq Kaplan, and host Bryan Kennedy: The Squeaky Dirty, Filthy Clean Show

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups Rachael Parenta, Jay Bois, Dave Konig, Dan Hirshon, Garry Hannon, and Carrie Gravenson performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, Look At This F**king Hipster), Frank Lesser (writer for The Colbert Report), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), and “a special guest” performing at this 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): Comedy geniuses Gavin Speiller (Death by Roo Roo, Rogue Elephant), Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, co-host of Cage Match), and Jon Gabrus (Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, The Nights of Our Lives) comprise one of the most hilarious improv trios in NYC, and they’ll demonstrate that tonight as troupe Outlook of the Poet; plus genius Death by Roo Roo improvisors Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik will create an epic film on the spot at The Two-Man Movie

[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

For the best of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, please click here.

For full details, please visit