NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/11/10

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Glenn Beck

A stellar cast, including Kristen Schaal and Chris Gethard, tonight read Joe Mande's screenplay adaptation of Glenn Beck's novel The Overton Window

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “Seven family members, friends, coworkers and a neighbor of seven weeks accidentally ruin their final goodbyes,” performed by such stellar talents as Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel; and “seemingly unrelated or meaningless episodes of multiple personalities, bizarre delusion, and general perversion, suggesting a deranged mind,” co-written and performed by Paul W. Downs, in the double-bill Oh My God, I Heard You’re Dying! and The Paul Downs Syndrome

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: TV & film star T.J. Miller (David LettermanOpie & Anthony; co-star of ABC sitcom Carpoolers; co-star of numerous movies including Cloverfield and Get Him to the Greek), superb storyteller Cyndi Freeman, and NYC stand-ups Ray Devito, Myka Fox, Bruce Cherry, Garry Hannon, and Dave Ritz performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Jenny Slate (cast member of Saturday Night Live), Ali Wong (comedy dynamo; MTV), Mike Lawrence, and Jake Young performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($5): “Glenn Beck’s new bestselling political thriller, The Overton Window, was so inspiring to comedian Joe Mande that he sat down and rewrote the story for the big screen. Come watch as Mande and a few of his friends read the script on stage for the first time in hopes of getting a movie deal”—with such stellar talents as Kristen Schaal, Chris Gethard, John Gemberling, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, and Will Hines: A Reading of Joe Mande’s Screenplay Adaptation of Glenn Beck’s Novel

[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

For full details, please visit

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

For Hy’s pre-festival coverage of FringeNYC 2010, please click here.

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