NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/17/10

March 17, 2010

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Go out tonight for live comedy, but don't forget to set your VCR/DVR for the season premiere of the greatest animated comedy series ever: South Park

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 (no cover, 1-item min.): Thoroughly charming and razor-sharp Leslie Goshko’s 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 storytellers are Robin Gelfenbien, Mike Drucker, Sharon Spell, Katrin Hier, and Leslie herself (Manhattan Monologue Champion, one-woman show Vodka Shoes), all performing in Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Brilliant comics Dave Hill, Chris Gethard, Katina Corrao, and more sharing tales of having their professional efforts turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Thoroughly wonderful comics, and Saturday Night Live staff writers, John Mulaney and Jessi Klein; plus Brent Sullivan, and more 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] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sheng Wang, Colin Kane, Noah Garfinkel, and Erik Bergstrom performing at Ochi’s Lounge with adorably sly host Calise Hawkins: Laugh in Limbo with Calise Hawkins

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Theatrical scenes made up on the spot with breathtaking skill by brilliant and passionate improvisors who are becoming one of the best comedy duos in the biz—Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report), a.ka. Adsit & Gausas

[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