NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 8/3/11

August 3, 2011

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Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz, blissfully unaware of her passing...

Mamrie Hart

...and Mamrie Hart mourning said passing at tonight's "Celebrity Funeral"

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

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 7:30 pm: Superb storytellers Ryan Paulson (Pentecostal Wisconsin, I’m Uncomfortable) and John Flynn (The Nights of Our Lives) joining hosts Robin Gelfenbien (VH1, Sirius Satellite Radio, FringeNYC) and Michelle Markowitz (Failing Our Twenties) for the debut of this monthly storytelling show at the KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street, off Second Avenue) that they hope will be deliciously good: Yum’s the Word

8:00 pm, 9:00 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): The unsinkable Mamrie Hart (rising star who’s snared over 130,000 visits to date with her latest YouTube viral video) hosts eulogies for an actress I happen to like enormously (Mamrie, in all of Hollywood you couldn’t find someone genuinely icky…?), but hopefully this will be great fun regardless, with participants including Arden Myrin, Sue Galloway, Katie Schorr, Tim Martin, Eliot Glazer, and a small army of other comics for Celebrity Funeral: Cameron Diaz

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free beer!): Christian Finnegan (co-star of TBS’ Are We There Yet?; three Comedy Central specials; MSNBC, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Chappelle’s Show, The Today Show), Nate Bargatze (Comedy Central), Brent Weinbach, and Sean O’Connor performing stand-up at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Nick Turner: Monsters

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sara Schaefer (inventive, luminous comic; Emmy-nominated staff writer for Jimmy Fallon; VH1’s Best Week Ever; co-host of hit podcast You Had to Be There), Sarah Tollemoche (Last Comic Standing), Catie Lazarus, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and Zach & Zach performing in a Brooklyn bowling alley (no, seriously) called The Gutter (200 North 14th Street) hosted by Aaron Glaser & Lee Rubenstein: Get Loose

8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Nick Prueher (Found Footage Festival), Nick Cobb, D.C. Benny, and David Cope performing at the Bowery Poetry Club with host Dan Allen: Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Mike Still (Death by Roo Roo, Diamond Lion) pulls out all the stops for a dynamic one-man show packed with comedic ideas revolving around a tyrant so evil that he machine-guns the audience (twice!), with direction by fellow Roo Roo star Neil Casey: Dictator For Life;

…and in the other half of this double-bill, Seth Kirschner (30 Rock, Lipstick Jungle) plays every character in a half-hour one-man TV episode parodying 90s sitcoms titled Sertainly Seth

[FREE] 10:00 pm: Short videos from NYC comics (lineup not announced) at The Creek downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Free Comedy

[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 downstairs lounge in Queens’ Long Island City with host Rob Stern: Bucket ‘O Buckets

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