NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 1/12/11

January 12, 2011

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Rob Delaney and Daniel Kitson
Stellar one-man shows tonight from Rob Delaney (“Naked and Bloody”) and Daniel Kitson (“Interminable Suicide”)

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): Chris Gethard (brilliant improvisor and comedic storyteller; star of Comedy Central sitcom Big LakeMagic Box of Stories, The Stepfathers, The Nights of Our Lives, author of bookWeird New York) will probably talk about his upcoming show with P. Diddy; while Frank M. Ahearn explains how to disappear in a digital world, and Genghis Barbie plays music, at Ken Freedman’s & Andy Breckman’s live-on-stage taping of their radio show WFMU’s 7 Second Delay

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): A one-man show from a problem drinker turned popular comedy writer & stand-up: Rob Delaney: Naked and Bloody

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($28 online using discount code TMANIA): UK-based Daniel Kitson is one of the sharpest and most respected comics alive. I’ll be catching his life-affirming show about suicide and more today (1/12), but sight unseen am reasonably sure it’s amazing. It’s running every day except Mondays through January 30th at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water Street): The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church

8:00 pm ($5; includes copious homemade treats): Myq Kaplan (finalist on the most recent Last Comic StandingJay Leno, Comedy Central Presents half-hour special, hot new comedy CD Vegan Mind Meld), Sara Benincasa (NBC, MTV, Sirius Radio, upcoming book), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon), Meg Cupernall, Doug Smith, and Matt Maragno performing stand-up at Karma Lounge (51 First Avenue, off 3rd Street) with hosts Aalap Patel and the delightful Chelsea White (MTV, College Humor): It’s Not That Serious

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Ray Devito, Emily Epstein, H. Alan Scott, Garry Hannon, Jeff Kreisler, and Katrin Heir performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

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 Nick Vatterott, Selena Copppock, Lee Rubenstein, Trevor Williams, and John F. O’Donnell performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Giulia Rozzi (VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories and Dive Comedy), Hilary Schwartz (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad) and Calvin Cato performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets) for a free weekly NYC stand-up comedy show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A double-bill of vibrant improv troupes: Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik make up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar form a surprise breakout hit as all-gal troupe Doppelganger

[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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