NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/7/10

April 7, 2010

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Kristen Schaal as Wonder Woman

Catch two of the greatest comics of all time, Kristen Schaal (above) and Anthony Jeselnik, tonight at Big Terrific

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] [FREE] 6:00 pm (reservations highly recommended by calling 212.563.7488): Outrageous stand-up genius Sean Patton teams with the fearlessly funny troupe that won this year’s ECNY Award for Best Sketch Group in the free show Murderfist: Chaos Reigns

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Acclaimed Chicago stand-up comic Nick Vatterott performs a show that’s too theatrical for comedy clubs and too joke-laden for the theatre crowd. Nonetheless, Time Out Chicago called it a “Don’t Miss,” adding “There are no breaks, no visual aids, and no opening acts— just Nick Vatterott on stage for 45 minutes and you’ll laugh the entire time.”Come find out how Nick has won this and other accolades when his show’s unusual format might seem to provide it No Outlet

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Wonderful storyteller Faye Lane, and stand-up giants Eugene Mirman, Leo Allen, Hari Kondabolu, and guest-host Patrick Borelli at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s monthly comedy event ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): From a comic Time Out New York says delivers “categorically pitch- perfect one-man comedy” comes this one-man show: “When Ryan Paulson moved to New York City he was a husky boy. And he’d never had sex. Even with himself. How did this happen? Well, he grew up speaking in tongues in an ultra-conservative, fundamentalist church. But now he’s taking a crash course in sex, alcohol and self-pleasure. And it’s going pretty well…other than regularly being condemned to hell on MySpace:” Ryan Paulson: I’m Uncomfortable

[FREE] 8:30: Unique and memorable women stand-ups Claudia Cogan, Desiree Burch, and Katina Corrao, plus Anthony DeVito, Greg Leitman, Andy Hendrickson, and Boris Khaykin, performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: A blowout amazing show with some of the funniest comics alive: TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; AMC’s Mad Men; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), stand-up genius Anthony Jeselnik (writer for Jimmy Fallon;Conan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central Presents), Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues, Stella, Variety SHAC), Craig Baldo (Conan O’Brien), and James Patterson (Comedy Central) performing at this 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): 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.k.a. 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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