NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/2/11

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Kristen Schaal with doll

Kristen Schaal performs tonight at Totally J/K...

Erin Lennox's "I Like You Too" Show

...and Erin Lennox hosts a new show with an unusual sensibility

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

7:00 pm ($5): Alan Starzinski performing a musical all by himself in the one-man show One Mansical

7:00 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:00 pm ($5): Assorted improv troupes performing at The Magnet, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic who’s one of the best stand-ups in the country; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), Mike Destefano (Last Comic Standing finalist this past summer, Comedy Central Presents), Wayne Federman (head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon), Dan Curry (Onion News Network), and “a mystery guest” performing at the Bowery Poetry Club with host Dan Allen: ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Some of UCBT’s funniest sketch comedy & stand-up performers at an all-you-can-watch revue: UCBT’s I’m Cool Showcase

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety), Lady Rizo (reportedly unforgettable), Mike Recine, Annie Lederman, and Adam Conover performing at the 11th Street Bar(510 East 11th Street, off Avenue A) for this new once-in-a-while extravaganza hosted by the razor-sharp & delightful Erin Lennox (co-host of Fresh; for a sample of Erin’s dynamite Seriously Sportsshow, please click here) who notes “AND FREE DRINKS! If you are very pretty and make someone think you’re going to sleep with them. Otherwise there are reasonably priced drinks that you can buy yourself:” Erin Lennox’s I Like You Too Show

[$] 8:00 pm & 9:30 pm ($18 & 2-drink min.): A comic who describes himself as “growing up in a family with anxiety disorders and addiction” but having a “unique ability to embody abstract personas, along with child-like playfulness” headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club: Bob Dibuono

8:00 pm ($5): NYC stand-ups Eli Olsberg, Katina Corrao, James Harris, Jason Saenz, and David Cope 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 (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Stripped Stories): Dive Comedy

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Usually terrific NYC stand-ups (not yet announced) performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings for this free biweekly show hosted by delightful dark humor comic Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Will Hines (The Stepfathers, The Chris Gethard Show), Kristeen von Hagen (Comedy Central), Jenn Dodd, Nate Min, Raquel D’Apice, and Jarret Berenstein performing at this free weekly show at Luca Bar (119 St. Marks Place) hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): TV & movie star Kristen Schaal (one of the funniest women alive; shining star correspondent on The Daily Show; co-star of HBO’s Flight of the ConchordsComedy Central Presents half-hour special; star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets; co-host of Hot Tub Variety; co-author of bestselling book The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex), Louis Katz (HBO, Comedy Central), Gabe Delahaye (, and more join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[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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