NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/7/11

September 7, 2011

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John Mulaney and Janeane Garofalo

John Mulaney, Janeane Garofalo (above), Gilbert Gottfried, and more celebrate the Seventh Anniversary of Seth Herzog's "Sweet"...

Brooke Van Poppelen

...and rising star Brooke Van Poppelen headlines—at a bargain price—at the Carolines Comedy Club

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

8:00 pm ($5): Remember how your father totally screwed you up? Imagine if you were brought up by Doug Moe: Doug Moe is a Bad Dad; and in the other half of this double-bill, the superb Ryan Karels (Conan O’Brien, Krompf) performs a sketch show titled Radio Rogue

8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Godfrey (Comedy Central Presents, Louie), Dan Soder (Comedy Central), Colin Jost (writer for Saturday Night Live), Jamie Greenberg, and “a secret guest” performing at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, off Bleecker Street) with host Dan Allen: Sacapuntas!

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Sean Patton (red-hot rising star; killer set on Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, VH1; co-host of Comedy as a Second Language, frequent guest-host of Whiplash), Ben Kronberg (Carson Daly), Anna Drezen, and John F. O’Donnell 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, 9:00 pm, and 10:00 pm ($7): Magnet house troupes performing improv, followed by a free show at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): Typically terrific NYC stand-ups (not announced this week) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm ($10 in advance online, $15 at the door): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo, TV & movie star Gilbert Gottfried, 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), Jon Glaser (creator/star of Adult Swim’s Delocated), and more “special guests” who cannot be named, plus music from Angela McClusky (opened for R.E.M. on tour), performing at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room (125 East 11th Street, between 3rd and 4th Avenues) for the Seventh Anniversary of Seth Herzog’s Sweet

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Open mic stand-up (with sign-up starting at 8:00) at Brooklyn’s Belleville (330 5th Street) hosted by Josh Guarino: The Belleville Mic

[FREE] 9:00ish pm: Mindy Raf (brilliant comedic singer/songwriter), Scott Bateman (witty comedic animator; Disalmanac, Batemanimation), Pat O’Shea (VH1, NPR, host of Ed Sullivan on Acid), Joel Stice, and Michele Carlo (Moth storyteller) performing at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:30 pm (just a $5 cover if you call 212.757.4100 for a reservation and mention Brooke’s name, plus 2-drink min.) Brooke Van Poppelen is a brilliant stand-up, writer, and storyteller who’s performed on TLC, is a blogger for trutV, and is co-host of Dive Comedy. For stand-up videos about overindulging at 30 and impersonating Morrisey, please click here and here; and then come see this wonderful rising star headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy ClubBrooke Van Poppelen

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): “Thin Skin Jonny. They had it all. They were icons, legends, anti-folk superstars. However, tragedy struck and they broke up, citing an alleged statutory charge, gay porn addiction, and Four Loko abuse. Now, two months later, they’re back to do one last show—a benefit! Can they find a way to get along long enough to raise the money needed to re-animate the corpse of Bea Arthur? Maybe, with your help!” Performers include Ari Scott, with direction from Pam Murphy: Thin Skin Jonny: Farewell Reunion Tour

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 10:00 pm: A finalist on the last season of Last Comic Standing, and a superb impressionist, headlining at The Creek upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City with opener Dan St. Germain (quick-witted rising star; Jimmy Fallon, MTV, VH1): James Adomian Live

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: 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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