NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 3/30/11

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Elna Baker and her mom (above, on vacation in Turkey watching a belly dancer) will be joined by Dave Hill, Chris Gethard, Leo Allen, Kurt Braunohler, Seth Herzog, and more at a blowout edition of Elna's wonderful monthly Brooklyn extravaganza "The Talent Show"

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] 2:00 pm: “Something worth watching. Could be a movie, or a TV show. Might be populist and unapologetically entertaining, or hard to find and harder to understand. But you will always leave saying, ‘I am glad that I saw that.'” Hosted by The PIT’s Artistic Director Jeff Lepine:Afternoon Playhouse

[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

[MEGA-TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5 at the door, or $6.50 in advance online—the latter is recommended, because this will sell out): Genius storyteller Elna Baker and Kevin Townley host New York Magazine’s 2011 pick for Best Variety Show, with tonight’s blowout lineup including Dave Hill, Chris Gethard, Leo Allen, Kurt Braunohler, Seth Herzog, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and many more performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) for this month’s theme Your Mom: The Talent Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, TV & movie star Todd Barry, and Neal Brennan joining best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[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 isSupernormal

[TOP PICK] [$] 8:00 pm ($35.50): One of the finest comics in the country, 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. Mike’s now returned to the stage, once again creating his unique blend of stand-up and storytelling, for an 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

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): Mike Lawrence ((shrewdly funny curmudgeon; Comedy Central), Roger Hailes (Comedy Central, VH1’s Best Week Ever, FUSE), and Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, MTV, VH1) performing stand-up at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting (fun two-gal sketch comedy team), Malaika Gordon (storyteller for The Moth, TOLD), stand-up Sean Crespo (ONN, The Electric Company), and Katey Healy-Wurzburg (UCBT, ECNY Nominee) 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): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Anthony Atamanuik, John Flynn, Carter Edwards, Joe Evans, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme GeeksThe Nights of Our Lives

[FREE] 10:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Ophira Eisenberg (Comedy Central, The Liar Show), Hilary Schwartz (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad), and Chris Doucette (Warm-Up comic for Logo’s One-Night Stand-Up) performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 40th & 41st Streets) for a gay-themed show hosted by Adam Sank: That Sank Show

[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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If you know anyone who might have a thyroid problem, please tell them about my new book: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease.

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