NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/18/11

May 18, 2011

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Buck Henry

Tonight offers interviews with TV comedy legends Buck Henry at "Second Second Delay"...

Dick Cavett

....and Dick Cavett at "The Dave Hill Explosion"

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:

[TOP PICK] [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 a 2010 comedy about a comic who decides to change careers and pursue stardom in martial arts: Brother’s Justice

[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Legendary writer Buck Henry, Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega, music from The Wingdale Community Singers (with Rick Moody), and “a special mystery bonus guest,” being interviewed at the live broadcast of the WFMU radio show 7 Second Delay

[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 Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar form a surprise breakout hit as all-gal troupeDoppelganger

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Scientists, writers, and/or nerds, plus host Ben Lillie, tell funny tales at this monthly show that tonight focuses on Body Plan at Brooklyn’s Pacific Standard (82 Fourth Avenue): The Story Collider

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): TJ Miller (David Letterman, Conan O’Brien,Opie & Anthony; co-starred in ABC sitcom Carpoolers, TBS’ Very Funny Show; acted in feature films CloverfieldGet Him to the Greek, Unstoppable), Louie Katz (HBO, Comedy Central Presents, Jimmy Fallon), and Seaton Smith (Opie and Anthony) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[MEGA-TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 8:00 pm ($35.50 with discount code BOX): Mike Birbiglia performing a unique blend of stand-up and storytelling that’s one of the best theatrical shows in NYC. For my more detailed write-up, please click here; and then grab tickets at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street, just one block from the #1 subway’s Christopher Street stop) for Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

[FREE] 9:00 pm: Andrea Alton, Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting, Becky Yamamoto, Hilary Schwartz, Todd Womack, and Dan Wilbur 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): TV talk show legend Dick Cavett, singer/songwriter/Web star Jonathan Coulton, and surprises from host Dave Hill (one of the most original and hilariously sharp alternative comics in the country; HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, star of The King of MiamiThe New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon, improv rap champion), all at The Dave Hill Explosion

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Veronica Mosey (Jay Leno), M. Dickson (MTV), and Paul Case (Here-TV’s Hot Gay Comics) 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

11:00 pm (no cover, 1-drink min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street)—at John Morrison’s Motel Luca

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