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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation at The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($15): A comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, home movies, stories, and more) are shared by their original authors before total strangers at 92Y Tribeca(200 Hudson Street): Mortified
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street between Avenues A & B), 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
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 at UCB West (307 West 26th Street), two of the finest comedic actors in NYC, Amy Heidt and Jeff Hiller, perform sketches about love and murder that aren’t nearly as good as they are (don’t know how that happened, as Amy is also a brilliant writer), but come for the pleasure of seeing these two on stage at The Last Resort
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
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00 pm: Some of the most inept movie scenes of New York City being invaded by aliens, with clips from Independence Day, The Day the Earth Stood Still (Keanu Reeves version ‘natch), and lots more, guided by stand-ups Mark Normand, Phil Hanley, Anthony DeVito, and Greg Stone, plus stand-up sets from Kevin Barnett and Paul Hooper, all at Queens LIC’s The Creekdownstairs lounge hosted by Robbie Collier: Hey We Live There!: Martians Take Manhattan
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): For this double-bill at UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street between Avenues A & B), Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and Keisha Zollar are first up as the energetic & entertaining all-gal improv troupe Doppelganger; and then improv troupes Dance Break and Sandino make up scenes without relying on the usual long-form “Harold” rules at Cheating on Harold
[TOP PICK] [$] 9:00 pm ($15): Dylan Brody performs a funny and poignant one-man show about how the martial arts changed his life by bringing him “to a place where peace becomes possible, where confidence obviates conflict, where the sound of one’s own breath is all one needs in order to own any moment” at92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street): More Arts, Less Martial
[FREE] 9:00ish pm: NYC comics Sue Funke, Meghan O’Keefe, and Elihu Dietz, musical guest Marian Rosin, and more 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): “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 at UCB West (307 West 26th Street): Thin Skin Jonny: Farewell Reunion Tour
[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 (307 West 26th Street) 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 UCBeast (UCB East, 155 East 3rd Street between Avenues A & B) stage with improv veterans, hosted by 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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