NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/18/10

August 18, 2010

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Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin (above left) hosts a night of stellar stand-up, with guests including Jessi Klein and Amy Schumer, at Jeff Garlin's Combo Platter

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

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Jess Wood, Paul Mecurio, Aparna Nancherla, Jay Bois, and Mike Cotayo performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1), Joe Mande (Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Totally J/K; author of new book Look at This F*cking Hipster), and Dave Holmes 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] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter), Patrick Borelli, Becky Yamamoto, Andy Haynes, JC Coccoli, Aparna Nacherla, and Andrew Shultz performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman:Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] [DISCOUNTED] 8:30 pm ($5 cover if you mention [otherwise $10], plus $7 drink minimum; call 212.989.9319 to reserve seats): Sharp stand-ups Myq Kaplan, Jamie Kilstein, Stephen Kruiser, Frank Vignola, Harry Terjanian, Brian Longwell, and Julia Gorin have fun with politics at the Cornelia Street Cafe for John Morrison’s Politicas to the Left of Me, Politics to the Right of Me

[TOP PICK] [$] 9:30 pm ($5): Wonderful stand-ups Jessi Klein, Amy Schumer, and more at a show hosted by the equally wonderful co-star of HBO’s Curb Your EnthusiasmJeff Garlin’s Combo Platter

[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 coverage of the spectacular FringeNYC 2010 Festival, please click here.