NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 4/20/11

April 20, 2011

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4/20, the Christmas for stoners, is celebrated tonight at shows including "Gracies Afternoon Playhouse," "The Law Firm & Death by Roo Roo Go to White Castle 3D," and "The Rejection 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 Chris Grace, today’s free comedy film at Gracie’s Afternoon Playhouse honors the stoner theme of 4/20: Dazed and Confused

[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): Two of the finest improv troupes in NYC make stuff up while honoring today’s stoner holiday. Is their tribute simulated or real? Come and decide for yourself at The Law Firm & Death By Roo Roo Go to White Castle 3D

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scientists, writers, and/or nerds Ryan Britt (author and science fiction blogger for, David Morgan (Professor of Physics), Aaron Wolfe (film Editor, writer, and musician), April Salazar (writer), Colin Dempsey (singer/songwriter), Michele Carlo (storyteller), and host Ben Lillie tell funny tales at this monthly show that tonight focuses on Science Fiction at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BIRBIG): 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

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm doors ($5—which includes a free drink!): A special invitation-only party that seats at 8:30 and rocks on at 9:00 behind locked doors, with “secret special guests,” at The Creekin Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): This show features top comics sharing material that was turned down and the stories behind them. At tonight’s special 4/20 edition, “some of NYC’s finest stand-up tell jokes that were written under the influence, jokes they thought were funnier when they were high, 420-related humor, and/or general absurdity appealing to the pothead in all of us”—at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Ben Lerman (wonderful raunchy singer/songwriter), Jessimae Peluso (TruTV’sAll Worked Up), and Selena Coppock performing at the Bar-Tini Ultra Lounge (542 Tenth Avenue, between 45th & 46th 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.