NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/4/11

May 4, 2011

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Anthony Atamanuik and Neil Casey

Anthony Atamanuik & Neil Casey perform the near-unbelievable feat of making up a feature film on the spot as The Two-Man Movie

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 film is the director’s cut of an amazing though not exactly funny 1984 feature: Amadeus

[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): Neil Casey & Anthony Atamanuik, both genius members of Death by Roo Roo, perform the jaw-dropping feat of making up an entire feature film as The Two-Man Movie; and comedy geniuses Gavin Speiller (Death by Roo RooRogue Elephant), Ben Rodgers (Reuben Williams, co-host of Cage Match), and Jon Gabrus (Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, The Nights of Our Lives) comprise one of the most hilarious improv trios in NYC as troupe Outlook of the Poet

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia has long been one of the finest stand-up comics in the country, with credits including 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; and the comedy CDs Two Drink Mike and My Secret Public Journal—Live. But what puts Mike in a class all his own is a unique style he’s developed that mixes the razor-sharp hilarity of the finest stand-up with the depth of emotionally moving theatre. Mike pioneered this approach with his previous off-Broadway hitSleepwalk with Me (which he then turned into a New York Times bestselling book, Sleepwalk with Me & Other Painfully True Stories); but he’s raised his game to a whole new level with this show, which is regularly selling out—for good reason. The $35.50 (discounted via code BOX) price is about what you’d pay at a comedy club…and it’ll buy you one of the richest experiences you’re ever likely to receive from art. To enjoy world-class laughs while being taught how to value what’s truly important, grab tickets while you can at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop); this utterly brilliant one-man show is slated to run only through May 15th: Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): Joe Derosa (Comedy Central Presents), Joe List (Comedy Central), Maddog Mattern, and Andy Hendrickson performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

8:00 pm (no cover, 1-drink min.): Amy Beckerman hosting stand-ups Robin Cloud, Lisa Kaplan, Amy Albert, and Scout Durwooda performing at the RF Lounge (531 Hudson Street) for Dykes on Mics

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($5): Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1, host of Sweet) and Roger Hailes (Chappelle’s Show, MTV, FUSE) each perform 30-minute sets for filming at Ella (9 Avenue A) hosted by the wonderful Leo Allen (Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, HBO, Comedy Central): Herzog & Hailes Stand-Up Taping

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Will Hines (UCBT superstar), Joe Garden (Features Editor of The Onion, co-author of The Devious Book For Cats and The Dangerous Book For Dogs), Paul Mecurio (The Daily Show, Comedy Central Presents), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Michele Carlo (The Moth) performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Two of the finest improvisors on the planet, Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report, Let’s Have a Ball, Adsit & Gausas) and Becky Drysdale (Baby Wants Candy, Let’s Have a Ball), are new improv duo Drysdale & Gausas

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Helen Hong (host of Logo TV’s Setup Squad), Sheba Mason, and Neil Thornton 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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