NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/12/10

May 12, 2010

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Colin Quinn headlines at the debut of Liam McEneaney's Rent Party

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] 8:00 pm ($5): Star stand-up Colin Quinn and Morgan Murphy (staff writer for Jimmy Fallon) performing at the debut of a new monthly comedy show at The Bowery Poetry Club hosted by Liam McEneaney: Rent Party

8:00 pm ($5): A large cast of talented comics performing very silly stage acts at Eliot & Ilana Glazer’s High School Talent Show

[FREE] 8:30: NYC stand-ups Jena Friedman, Keith Alberstadt, Nick Zimmerman, Brian Longwell, Emmy Rivera, and Kat Herskovic performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Mike O’Connell (hilarious YouTube starJimmy Kimmel), Jon Glaser (Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock, star of Adult Swim’s Delocated), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central), and Rory Scovel 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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