NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 12/1/10

December 1, 2010

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Kevin Geeks Out About Genre Busters

Kevin Maher revives his beloved series exploring the odd and fannish with tonight's gathering of writers in less than respected genres: Kevin Geeks Out About Genre Busters

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

[$] 7:30 pm ($15): Superb storyteller Martin Dockery (The Moth, The Liar Show; acclaimed as “fantastic” by The New York Times) testing out a brand new fictional one-man show that’s “a man confronted with an eternity in paradise…a flight of fancy about the afterlife” at Dixon PlaceHeist

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Five authors doing amazing work in less-than-respected genres—young adult novels, comic books, romance novels, wrestling magazines, and mash-up literature—offer presentations on such topics as ‘Why We Kill Everyone” and “Tales Designed to Thrizzle” hosted by super-fan Kevin Maher and friends at 92 Y TribecaKevin Geeks Out About Genre Busters

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Award-winning British comedy writer & book author Jane Bussmann (South Park, Brass Eye, The Fast Show) performs her acclaimed Edinburgh Festival show for one night only: Bussman’s Holiday: The Worst Date Even

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $5 online with discount code Supermango): Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion (2006 & 2009) and record-breaking 15-time StorySlam Champion; The New York Times Magazine; host of hilarious monthly storytelling extravaganzasReal Tales of College and The Adam Wade show; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here), Dan St. Germain (quick-witted, hilarious stand-up; MTV, Comedy Central; for reenactment of Dan’s breakup, please click here)), Katina Corrao (HBO), and a mystery guest so special that he can’t even be named here, performing at the Bowery Poetry Club with host Dan Allen: ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; popular blogs and RockBottom; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here) and Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories) tonight debut a weekly stand-up comedy show, with their first lineup including Andrea Rosen, Mara Herron, Nick Turner, Gilad Foss, Matt Ruby, George Gordon, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Will Hines, Erin Judge, Amy Beckerman, Jason Saenz, Jeff Kreisler, and Boris Khaykin performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Adsit & Gausas have virtually become legends as one of the most brilliant and passionate duos in improv comedy for making up theatrical scenes on the spot with breathtaking skill. The duo recently decided to refresh their palettes via other couplings; for example, Christina Gausas last month paired with Becky Drysdale, and will likely do so again early next year (keep an eye on the UCBT schedule). Meanwhile, Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-director & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) tonight buddies up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer forSaturday Night Live), forming what’s likely to be another magical improv duo: John & Scott

[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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