NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/19/10

May 19, 2010

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Elna Baker

Genius storyteller Elna Baker joins what's sure to be a memorable all-author edition of The Rejection Show

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] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Superb storytellers Kevin Allison, John Flynn, and Carter Edwards 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): A blowout “rejected funny authors” show, with brilliant storyteller Elna Baker (The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance), the hilarious Patrick Borelli (Holy Headshot!), and Bob Powers (You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero) sharing their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[FREE] 8:30: NYC stand-ups Pat O’Shea, Sue Funke, Mick Diflo, Pat Galante, Malaika Gordon, and Jessie Richardson performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), Arden Myrin (Mad TV), Louis Katz, and Jordan Carlos performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’sCameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Human dynamo Ali Wong, plus NYC stand-ups Damien Lemon. Leah Bonnema, Rick Younger, Graham Keay, David Cope, and Kase Raso performing atOchi’s Lounge with adorably sly host Calise Hawkins: Laugh in Limbo with Calise Hawkins

[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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