NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wed. 12/15/10

December 15, 2010

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Mariah Carey

Mamrie Hart

The irresistable Mamrie Hart mourns the passing of Mariah Carey at tonight's "Celebrity Funeral"

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 at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “It is with deepest sympathy, and a deeper neckline, that I inform of the passing of one of America’s greatest voices, Mariah Carey. Her 5 octave vocal range has been captivating a generation and sending dogs into a frenzy since 1990. We’ve been there through all the breakdowns and breakups, now let’s set this ‘Butterfly’ free.” The comedy talents helping us to mourn include Hannibal Buress, Justin Purnell, Katie Schorr, Ilana & Eliot Glazer , and many more joining the wonderful sketch comic who’s making it all happen, the unsinkable Mamrie Hart, inCelebrity Funeral: Mariah Carey

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scientists, nerds, and/or comics Eugene Ashton-Gonzalez, Moran Cerf, Luke Davin, Joe Evans III, Susie Tozier, Robin Wachsberger, and host Ben Lillie become comedic storytellers at this monthly show that tonight focuses on the intriguing topic My Science Project at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

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) hosting this free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show, with tonight’s guests Amy Beckerman, Brent Sullivan, Dan Wilbur, Jessie Geller, and David Smithyman, performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic):Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Pat O’Shea, Aaron Glaser, Wiliam Mullin, Malaika Gordon, Kat Herskovic, and Mike Cotayo performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-director & cast member of Adult Swim’s awesome & Emmy-winning Moral Orel) teaming up with fellow 30 Rock actor John Lutz (who previously spent six years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live) to form a super-smart and hilarious new improv duo who should not be missed: 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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