NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/21/10

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Legendary Mad Magazine Fold-In cartoonist Al Jaffee makes a rare appearance this evening at 7 Second Delay

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): Legendary Mad Magazine writer/artist Al Jaffee, author David Hajdu, singer Jeffrey Lewis, and Mallory Hagan (Miss Brooklyn) 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] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Superb storytellers Margot Leitman (Conan O’Brien,Comedy Central, VH1, co-host of Stripped Stories), Robert Hurst, Brad Lawrence, and Myka Fox join thoroughly charming and razor-sharp host Leslie Goshko for her delightfully quirky monthly 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: Sideshow Goshko

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Front Page Films, Jake & Amir of CollegeHumor, Carolyn Castiglia (VH1’s White Rapper), and more share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30: NYC storytellers & stand-ups Rob Gorden, Jeff Kreisler, Sue Funke, Dan Upham, and Arthur Carlson—plus something I’m sworn to not reveal, but if I wasn’t on deadline I’d attend for it—at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: A blowout gathering of top comics—Dave Hill, Kumail Nanjiani, Kurt Braunohler, Moshe Kasher, and D.C. Benny—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 have become 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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