NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 2/2/11

February 2, 2011

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Craig Rowin

Craig Rowin asked politely for $1 million...and tonight he's slated to get it, live on stage, at "Please Give Me One Million Dollars"

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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): This is a story that we should all tell ourselves every day: “A few months ago Craig Rowin went on the Internet and made a simple request: Please Give Me One Million Dollars. Since then he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, has become a sensation in Holland, and appeared on the CBS Morning News in Alabama to ask millionaires for $1 million. Now a millionaire has stepped forward and actually offered Craig the money! The $1 million check will be given live on stage at the UCB Theatre.” Is this real? Is it a grand hoax? Are there kinky strings attached? I don’t know; but I’ve already applied this “Just Ask, Dammit” principle, and it really works. As for the rest, come see for yourself at Please Give Me One Million Dollars Live: The First Million Dollars!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Todd Barry (HBO, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central PresentsThe Sarah Silverman Program, Adult Swim, feature films The Wrestler and Pete Smalls is Dead), Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; blogger for trutV; TLC; co-host of Dive Comedy; for stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here), Jeff Caldwell (David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central), and storyteller Amanda Melson performing at the Bowery Poetry Club with host Dan Allen: ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Mindy Raf (brilliant & hilarious singer/songwriter), Joe DeRosa (HBO’sDown and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Mike Pomranz, Leah Bonema, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Hank’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Saloon (46 Third Avenue at Atlantic) for this free weekly show hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen (brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller; TLC, blogger for trutV; 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): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Pat O’Shea , Myka Fox, Vicki Ferentinos, Michael Fisher, and Subhah Agarwal performing at this free weekly show at Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 9:00 pm: An all-Canadian lineup—Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, VH1), Ian Lynch (co-star of Logo’s Girl, 5 Gays), and Laura Nikifortchuk (Second City Toronto)—performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets) for a free weekly gay-themed comedy show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): A delightful annual tradition in which some of the finest improvisers in the country—Christina Gausas, John Gemberling, Neil Casey, Becky Drysdale, Pam Murphy, Fran Gillespie, and Miriam Tolan—are trapped in the same improv scene over and over again:Groundhog Day

[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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