NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/5/11

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Sesame Street and And I Am Not Lying

Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street, is among the guests of new UCB West show "Employee of the Month;" Cyndi Freeman mixes storytelling, burlesque, stand-up, and sword swallowing at "And I Am Not Lying"...

Nick Thune

...Nick Thune performs in LIC at The Creek's "Monsters"...

The Cowmen

...and The Cowmen sing in Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter at "Get Loose"

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

[FREE] 6:00 pm: Open-mic stand-up providing four minutes per comic, with “15 people chosen randomly through e-mail, and five walk-ins; and a guaranteed spot to anyone who performs in character as a famous explorer” at Queens LIC’s The Creek upstairs theatre: Comedic Exploration Club of Long Island City, West

[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, 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 another genius improv troupe consisting of trio Gavin Speiller of Death By Roo Roo, Ben Rodgers of The Curfew, and Jonathan Gabrus of The Law Firm) performs as Outlook of the Poet

[$] 7:30 pm ($16.50, plus 2-drink min.) A stand-up who’s performed on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, MTV, and AMC headlining for one night only at the Carolines Comedy ClubNick Cobb

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5—which includes a free drink!): The Sklar Brothers (stars of MTV’sApartment 2F; two Comedy Central Presents half-hour specials; Emmy-winning episode of HBO’sCurb Your Enthusiasm; ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy; FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; co-creators & stars of four seasons of ESPN’s Cheap Seats), Nick Thune (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon), Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Jason Good (Comedy Central, Howard Stern), and Jessimae Peluso (Last Comic Standing, Minute to Win It) performing at The Creek in Queens’ Long Island City with host Nick Turner: Monsters

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): The debut at UCB West of this talk show about people with dream jobs and how they got them. Tonight’s guests are Rachel Dratch (cast member of Saturday Night Livefrom 1999 through 2006), Joey Mazzarino (head writer of Sesame Street), Murray (cast member ofSesame Street), and Tillie (Dog/Artist/Mother/Daughter) and her assistant F. Bowman Hastie; plus music from EOTM Band of the Month & Scott Adsit, an awards ceremony, and sheetcake—all hosted by Catie Lazarus: Employee of the Month

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): Storytelling, stand-up, and carny join forces to bring the blog And I Am Not Lying to life on stage, hosted by stellar storyteller & burlesque performer Cyndi Freeman, and with fully clothed storytellers Jeff Simmermon (This American Life, The Moth) and Brad Lawrence (FringeNYC, The Moth), stand-up Jeffrey Joseph (Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, FOX), sword swallower Adam the First Real Man, and second artistic stripper Runaround Sue, all performing at Brooklyn’s Union HallAnd I Am Not Lying Live

8:00 pm ($8 at the door, $6.84 online with discount code Supermango): Gary Gulman (Last Comic Standing, Tourgasm, Comedy Central hour-long special), Vic Henley (Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, Bruno), Erin Judge (Comedy Central; for hilarious short bit on men vs. women, please click here), Mike Trainor (TruTv’s Smoking Gun), and “a secret guest” performing at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, off Bleecker Street) with host Dan Allen: Sacapuntas!

[FREE] 8:00 pm: This monthly show at Brooklyn’s The Gutter (200 North 14th Street) tonight features The Cowmen, a jaw-dropping dark comedy musical group, with members of Murderfist; and seeing these guys sing their songs of death in a bowling alley is all the reason needed to attend. Also performing will be stand-ups Jamie Lee (Last Comic Standing, VH1, College Humor), Travis Irvine (Troma Films), Jason Saenz (co-host of Too Cool For School), Jared Fried , and Mookie Thompson, with hosts Aaron Glaser & Lee Rubenstein (Lee’s last show before moving to LA!): Get Loose

[FREE—plus FREE PIZZA for first 30 people, from Artichoke Pizza!] 8:00 pm: NYC stand-ups Mark Giordano (MadMan,, Mike Trainor (TruTV’s World’s Dumbest), Alison Leiby, and Joe Larson performing at the East Village’s Beauty Bar for Negin Farsad’s & Amy Albert’s free weekly show Comedy School Dropout

8:00 pm-12:30 am ($7 for the entire evening): Magnet house troupes The Kicks, The Imposters, Featherweight, Phooka, Brick, and Chet Watkins performing improv, followed by a free audience interactive show with Brick at 11:30 pm: The Magnet’s Megawatt

[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

[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCB East, Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar are first up as the fiercely energetic & entertaining all-gal improv troupe Doppelganger; and then UCBT Harold Night house troupes Very Good Kiss and Mr. Crime make up scenes without relying on the usual long-form “Harold” rules at Cheating on Harold

[FREE—plus FREE CUPCAKES and “maybe strippers”] 9:00ish pm: Host Sharon Spell’s birthday show, with stand-ups James Adomian (talented impressionist; finalist on last summer’s Last Comic Standing), Sue Funke (adorable), and Carrie Gravenson, music from comics Pat O’Shea and Colin Dempsey, cupcakes from Damn Queer Cupcakes…and “maybe strippers”—at this free weekly show at the Luca Lounge (222 Avenue B off 14th Street) hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

9:00 pm ($7): The Second Anniversary of this monthly show at Under St. Marks, with host Christian Polanco performing a 30-minute stand-up set, plus guests Nate Bargatze (Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central), Phoebe Robinson (host of Case of the Mondays Comedy), Thomas Dale (MTV), and Jonathan Morvay, and guest host Chris DiStefano: And Then What Happened: Two-Year Anniversary Show

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Razor-sharp stand-up Rory Scovel (Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon,Comedy Central) and his friends, including Reggie Watts (musical improv comedy genius; Comedy Central special; Jimmy FallonElectric Company; Conan O’Brien’s Legally Prohibited tour; for video samples, please click here), Nick Thune (Comedy Central Presents, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon), Andy Haynes (Jimmy Fallon, Last Comic Standing), Scott Moran, and Kate Berlant, performing atUCB West in celebration of Rory’s new comedy CD: Dilation Album Release Show

10:00 pm ($10): Carla Rhodes, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ventriloquist,” performing a show that blends ventriloquism, comedic storytelling, and rock music (with the aid of her band The Extravaganzas). Carla’s dummies include Mick Jagger & Keith Richards; Herschel Ragbottoms, a pigeon living under old newspapers in Tompkins Square Park; the fear-mongering Under Bed Alligator; and cantankerous salt-water-taffy-obsessed 1920’s gentleman Cecil Sinclaire. It all happens at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, off Bleecker Street): The Continuing Story of Carla Rhodes

[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 weekly show at UCB West makes possible—and don’t forget to toss $1 in the bucket on your way out: School Night

[FREE] 11:00 pm: Your opportunity to perform on the stage of UCB East with improv veterans, hosted by UCBT Harold Night house troupe Grandma’s Ashes: The Improv Jam

[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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