NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 6/15/11

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Anthony Atamanuik

Come celebrate Anthony Atamanuik's birthday as he and Neil Casey perform astonishing improv at "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] 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): Political stand-up Jamie Kilstein performing a one-man show: No War, No God, No Nickelback

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): Nick Cobb (Comedy Central, MTV), Jason Good (Comedy Central), Owen Smith (Comedy Central, Everybody Hates Chris), and Karl Hess performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with guest-host Sean Donnelly: Monsters

[FREE] 9:00ish£ pm: Storyteller Brian Samonek, the Cocoon Central Dance Team, and stand-ups Joe Garden (Editor of The Onion, co-author of The New Vampire’s Handbook), Cary Prusa (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), and Catie Lazarus (Sesame Street, Huffington Post) 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): Some of the finest improvisors in the country—Becky Drysdale, Jeff Hiller, Michael Kayne, Winston Noel, Amber Petty, Mike Still, Ashley Ward, and a guest improvisor (not yet announced)—making up a musical on the spot along with virtuoso improv pianist Frank Spitznagel: Diamond Lion; plus in the other half of this double-bill, 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

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Bill Dawes (Broadway’s Lombardi), Rachael Parenta (2011 Women in Comedy Festival), and Sam Pepper (Unknown Comedy Hour at the Duplex) 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

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up running until 1:00 am, with time divided evenly between performers (up to five minutes), at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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