NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 7/7/10

July 7, 2010

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Hannibal Buress and Myq Kaplan

Hannibal Buress (above left), Adira Amram, Leo Allen, and other wonderful comics perform tonight at Jena Friedman's Entertaining the Bartender; and Myq Kaplan (above right) headlines tonight at Carolines

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:

6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): The perfect show for short attention spans—open-mic stand-up with 4½ minutes per set and 25 comics crammed into 2½ hours—with two installments running back to back every Wednesday at John Morrison’s Ochi’s Motel

[FREE] 6:00 pm to midnight: Six free hours of improvisation in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 7:00 pm ($5): Michael Patrick O’Brien (staff writer for Saturday Night Live) debuts a one-show show that begins with his trying to break a randomly selected Guinness World Record “using only a small bag of props and the advice of audience members,” followed by “an inspired sort of looniness,”at Shatter

[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm ($18.00 & 2-drink min.): A stand-up famed for his quiet, intelligent style who’s performed on Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, and this summer’s Last Comic Standing (for superb stand-up video about religion, gay  marriage, and dumplings, please clickhere) headlining tonight only at Carolines: Myq Kaplan

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Wyatt Cenac (correspondent for The Daily Show), James Adomian (superb impressionist with killer bit on Lewis Black as 14-year-old girl; finalist in this summer’s Last Comic Standing; as long as James skips the dreadful cancer joke he’s currently trying out, expect a good time), musical guest Das Racist, and more join best bud hosts Noah Garfinkel & Joe Mande (author of Look At This F*cking Hipster) at Totally J/K

[TOP PICK] 8:30 pm [FREE] 8:00 pm: Thoroughly wonderful comics Adira Amram (fresh, sexy, hilarious rising star singer/songwriter), Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising stand-up star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez, concert filmThe Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Leo Allen (former writer for Saturday Night LiveComedy Central Presents, Conan O’Brien, HBO’s Funny or Die, host of top NYC comedy show Whiplash), Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, Variety SHAC), John Flynn (superb storyteller; The Nights of Our Lives), and  Mike DeStephano (semi-finalist on this summer’s Last Comic Standing) performing at the East Village’sAngels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[FREE] [FREE CUPCAKES/SNACKS] 8:30: NYC storytellers & stand-ups Leslie Goshko, Rob Gorden, Sue Funke, Vicki Ferentinos, Pat O’Shea, Sean Crespo, and Colin Dempsey performing at this free weekly show—tonight celebrating its Second Anniversary with free cupcakes & other snacks!—hosted by Sharon Spell: Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Hannibal Buress (red-hot rising star; staff writer for Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, George Lopez, concert film The Awkward Comedy Show; 2010 ECNY Award for Best Male Stand-Up), Greg Barris (host of Heart of Darkness), Gabrielle Delahaye, and more performing at this free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Superb comics Peter Grosz (writer for The Colbert Report, star of over 100 Sonic fast-food commercials) and John Lutz (writer & occasional actor on SNL since 2004;recurring character on 30 Rock) perform acclaimed two-man improv in 2 Square

[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

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