NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/14/10

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Charlyne Yi

Charlyne Yi, winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart, practices a one-woman show soon to appear at the Edinburgh Festival tonight at UCBT

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—with two installments running back to back every Wednesday at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[$] [DISCOUNTED] 7:30 pm ($36.66 online if you use code VIPJULY, plus 2-item minimum): A stand-up star from the 1960s who’s since performed in numerous TV shows and movies, including eight HBO specials, headlining tonight through Saturday at the elegant Comix Comedy Club: Robert Klein

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Charlyne Yi, winner of the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for Paper Heart, will “share songs and tales of doomed love, and perhaps woo you with a little magic, if you know what I mean… wink wink;” help Charl hone her show for the upcoming Edinburgh Festival at A Little Time with Charlyne Yi

[FREE] 8:30: NYC storytellers & stand-ups Kambri Crews, Nate Kushner, Jay Bois, Nick Zimmerman, Michael Fisher, Myka Fox, and Celeste Conrad performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Matt Mccarthy, Andrea Rosen, Rob Delaney, and Ross Hyzer 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): At this month’s edition of NYC’s best show of comedic sexual tales, the theme is Clueless; and the storytellers are Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing, TruTV), David Dickerson (This American Life, author of House of Cards), and sensual hosts Margot Leitman & Giulia Rozzi’s—plus red-hot rising star musical guest Adira Amram (album Hot Jams for Teens)—all performing at Stripped Stories

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($8): From” I can sell this show in 10 words or less…pasties, beautiful ladies, hysterical comedy, a house band, and beer…done. The electric trio made up of Jessica Delfino, Diane O’Debra, and Steph Sbelli (who both sing raunchy songs and perform sketch comedy) put on their smashing monthly variety show Skits n Tits that can only be described as hilarious, bad ass, and sexy. Catch some of the hottest up and coming acts in burlesque and comedy.” Tonight’s guests include top stand-ups Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), and Laurie Kilmartin (finalist in this summer’s Last Comic Standing), plus burlesque stars The Chi-Ciones, Dizzy Swank, Lil Stormy, and Lil Miss Lixx, and much more performing in The Bowery Poetry Club at the monthly extravaganza known at Skits ‘n’ Tits

[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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For Hy’s take on Last Comic Standing, please click here.

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