NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/24/10

March 24, 2010

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Scott Adsit

Genius comics Scott Adsit (above) and Christina Gausas perform breathtaking & hilarious relationship improv at Adsit & Gausas

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:

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Comedy giant Eugene Mirman, Poez the Poet, and musician Franklin Bruno are the guests at this evening’s live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay

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

[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

[FREE] 8:00: NYC stand-ups John Flynn, Claudia Cogan, Amy Beckerman, Nick Zimmerman, Mick DiFlo, and Troy Bynum performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: 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 EverThe New Yorker, host of hit shows Punch Up Your Life and Gutbucket), Jesse Popp, Roger Hailes, and Bob Powers performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman:Big Terrific

[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

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