NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/23/11

March 23, 2011

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Andrea Rosen and John Mulaney

2011 ECNY Best Stand-Up winner Andrea Rosen will show off her range at her stellar one-woman show "Ding Dong Meow," while SNL's John Mulaney will kill with his special brand of observational comedy at his one-man show "For the Hour"

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

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Andrea Rosen is already famed as a comic—in fact, she recently won the prestigious 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up—but what’s not as well-known is that Andrea’s among the finest comedic storytellers in the country. This new one-woman show should fix that. It offers smart, fearless, hilarious material ranging from fast food you should avoid to the medicinal power of a boyfriend’s penis. It also provides one of the sharpest comedic performances that will grace NYC this year (for which kudos are also deserved by the show’s superb director, John Flynn). Plus if you sit in the first few rows, expect free home-baked cookies. Don’t miss Andrea’s unique blend of dark comedy and silliness: Ding Dong Meow

and in the other half of this double-bill, Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV) and Jared Logan (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central) do a show about history’s most infamous rivalries that includes putting God on stage and hitting on Her for a date: They Hated Each Other

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($5.50 & 2-drink min.): Two of the finest stand-ups in the country, John Mulaney (writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’sBest Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here) and Jessi Klein (fresh, unique, deliciously organic comic; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, VH1, NBC, CNN, Adult Swim), plus “a very special guest,” and more performing for one night only at the Carolines Comedy Club with host Joe Mande: Above 14th Street

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): A blow-out lineup including Ted Alexandro (one of the very finest stand-ups in the country; David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; frequently opens for Louis C.K.), Julian McCullough (fiercely funny rising star; Comedy Central Presents, MTV, VH1), 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 andhere), Eddie Pepitone (Conan O’Brien, The Sarah Silverman Program, Old School), and Dan Soder (Comedy Central) performing stand-up at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($15 online or at the door using code MOON): Star comedic storyteller Tom Shillue (Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Storyteller) performing a smart, engaging, and often hilarious one-man show at PS 122 (150 First Avenue off 9th Street ) running through April 2nd: Tom Shillue is Supernormal

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): Mike Birbiglia’s credits include the hour-long Comedy Central special What I Should Have Said is Nothing; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; multiple appearances on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien; comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live; the book Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories; and his hit off-Broadway show Sleepwalk with Me. He’s doing the stage thing again, tonight debuting his all-new one-man show at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) slated to run through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Robin Gelfenbien (superb musical comic & storyteller; one-woman show My Salvation Has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey), Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (terrific sketch duo), Katey Healy-Wurzburg (energy-charged UCBT improvisor, ECNY nominee), Sean Crespo (The Electric Company), and Rob Crean performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Bar (119 St. Marks Place) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Scott Adsit (cast member of 30 Rock, and co-writer/director/producer & 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] 10:00 pm: Brad Loekle, Shawn Hollenbach, Paul Case, Michelle Buteau, and more will roast host Adam Sank on his 40th birthday at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets) in a special edition of That Sank Show

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): A writer/performer for Saturday Night Live (for a sample, please click here) who’s also one of the very finest stand-ups in the country—with appearances on Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever, etc.—performing a deliciously long set tonight that’s likely to leave you breathless with laughter and chuckling weeks later: John Mulaney: For the Hour

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