NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 5/25/11

May 25, 2011

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Dave Hill and Elna Baker

NPR's This American Life host Ira Glass, plus his correspondents Dave Hill and Elna Baker (above), are among the stars at 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:

6:30 pm ($5):Timothy Dunn stars in the sketch show Brad Sacks Gets A Handjob, which tonight is paired with a sketch show I know even less about but has a great title: Auteur of Shit

[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] 7:00 pm doors, 8:00 pm show ($5 at the door, or $6.50 in advance online—the latter is recommended because tickets for this show tend to go fast): Genius storyteller Elna Baker and Kevin Townley host New York Magazine’s 2011 pick for Best Variety Show, with tonight’s guests Ira Glass (host of NPR’s This American Life), Dave Hill, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, Hanna Cheek, Glennis McMurray, Liz Armstrong, and more performing at Brooklyn’s Littlefield (622 Degraw Street) for this month’s theme Slumber PartyThe Talent Show

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): John Mulaney (one of the finest stand-ups in the country; writer/performer for Saturday Night LiveConan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever; for John’s great bit on Weekend Update, please click here), Simon Anstell (brilliant, charismatic UK comedic storyteller), and more joining best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (member of superb improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl) and her brother John Knefel (veteran stand-up) host this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests Andrea Rosen (HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Comedy Central’s Stella, Variety SHAC, winner of the 2011 ECNY Award for Best Stand-Up), Joe DeRosa (HBO’s Down and DirtyComedy Central Presents, co-host of Righteous Kill, comedy CD The Depression Auction), Ophira Eisenberg (brilliant storyteller with notable bangs; VH1, Showtime, The Liar Show), Katina Corrao (Good Neighbor Minute), and Neal Stasny performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street): John and Molly Get Along

[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

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): NYC stand-ups Ben Kronberg (Jimmy Kimmel), Joe List (Comedy Central), Damien Lemon (Radio City Music Hall), and Max Silvestri (co-host of Big Terrific) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

9:00 pm ($5): A unique mixing of storytelling and burlesque, with host Peter Aguero tonight telling four tales of his “dark days”—and in between, clothes-shedding dancers—at UNDER St. Marks forTold: Bare

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): One of the finest comedic storytelling shows in the country, in which brilliant writer/performers—who tonight are Andrea Rosen (red-hot rising star and upcoming mom), Adam Wade, Anthony Atamanuik, Mark Sam Rosenthal, and wonderful host David Martin—tell tales that are brutally honest and utterly hilarious, with tonight’s theme MothersThe Nights of Our Lives

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Short videos from NYC comics, who tonight include Chelsea White, Dan St. Germain, Victor Varnado, and many more, at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Free Comedy

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Dustin Chafin (Showtime, Howard Stern Show), H. Alan Scott (Here-TV’s Hot Gay Comics, superb baker of cookies), and Frank Liotti 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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