NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/14/10

April 14, 2010

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Scott Adsit and Tina Fey

Scott Adsit (above, with Tina Fey) & Christina Gausas create a blend of hilarious improv and thrilling theatre tonight 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:

7:00 pm ($5): Talented sketch comic John Phillips (Mace Bacon) performs a one-man show in which he plays a variety of diverse characters: An Evening with John Phillips

[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.): Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) hosts other superb yarn-spinners inOchi’s Lounge sharing their favorite real-life campus anecdotes at True Tales of College

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, The Dave Hill Explosion), Baron Vaughn (co-star of USA’sFacing Kate and Comedy Central’s The Awkward Comedy Show, MTV, VH1), and more join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[FREE] 8:30: Bruce Cherry, Marian Rosin, Daniel Rockdale, Quenegonde de Saint Marie, Martin Morrow, Liz Simons, and Alison Grillo performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Leo Allen (HBO, Saturday Night LiveConan O’brien, Comedy Central Presents, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), Patrick Borelli (long-time writer/performer for Conan O’Brien, author of Holy Headshot), and Julian Mccullough (Comedy Central Presents) 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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