NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 11/17/10

November 17, 2010

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Nick Kroll

Comedy genius Nick Kroll hones material for his upcoming Comedy Central special tonight at Totally J/K

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:

6:00 pm ($5): Dan Okrent (former New York Times ombudsman, inventor of Fantasy Baseball) Beth Raymer (former bookie & gambling expert), and Andrew VanWyngarden of the band MGMT are interviewed by Ken Freedman & Andy Breckman at this live-on-stage taping of their radio showWFMU’s 7 Second Delay

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Nick Kroll (Get Him to the Greek, I Love You Man, FX’s The League, Human Giant, practicing for his upcoming Comedy Central special Thank You Very Cool), Wyatt Cenac (star correspondent of The Daily Show), Hari Kondabolu (Comedy Central Presents), and Greg Johnson (Sirius XM Radio) performing stand-up with best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scientists, nerds, and/or comics Adam Bloom, Steven Berkowitz, Becky Ferreira, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Nisse Greenberg, and host Ben Lillie become comedic storytellers at this monthly show that tonight focuses on the knee-slapping topic Standard Deviation at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, co-host of Righteous Kill), Mike Lawrence (Comix, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival), and sketch duo Two Fun Men performing at Brooklyn’s Legion Bar for a monthly show hosted by sketch duo Mark Bisi & Andrew Beckerman: The Weeping Skull

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Joe Mande, Ed Gavagan, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme Money, at The Nights of Our Lives

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): Hannibal Buress (staff writer for 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson), Joe Derosa (Comedy Central Presents), Jon Fisch (Last Comic Standing), Ryan Conner (contributing writer to SNL), and Robert Dean performing in The Bowery Poetry Club at this monthly show hosted by Sean Gabbert (XM Radio): Free Healthcare

[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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