NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/29/10

September 29, 2010

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Rory Scovel

Rory Scovel performs stand-up tonight at Molly Gets Along

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 in The PIT’s Super Free Wednesday

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Universal Record Database, Ben Curtis (the Dell Dude), and Serious Lunch (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon) share their tales of material being turned down at Jon Friedman’s wonderful The Rejection Show

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Molly Knefel (newest member of superb theatrical improv troupe Naked in a Fishbowl) hosts this monthly comedy show, with tonight’s guests Rory Scovel (Comedy Central), Susan Prekel (Comedy Central), NIck Turner (co-host of Too Cool for School), and John F. O’Donnell performing stand-up at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, off Thompson Street):Molly Gets Along

[FREE] 8:00 pm: Storyteller Brad Lawrence, and stand-ups Keith Alberstadt, Kristeen von Hagen, Rachael Parenta, and Kat Herskovic, performing at this free weekly show hosted by Sharon Spell:Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Treasured Time Out New York Comedy Editor Jane Borden, master sketch comic Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central; co-creator & co-star of UK TV series Penelope: Princess of Pets), Ryan Hamilton (Last Comic Standing), James Harris (Adult Swim), NIck Turner (co-host ofToo Cool for School), Kara Klenk (Spike TV), and more performing at the East Village’s Angels and Kings with delightful dark humor host Jena Friedman: Entertaining the Bartender

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Dave Hill, Jeff Ross, Jordan Rubin, and more celebrate a legendary NYC weekly comedy show debuting at a new night and venue—Wednesdays at Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton Street)—hosted by the wonderful Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, VH1): Sweet

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Jaw-droppingly bad commercials are the springboard for improv from UCBT house troupes Badman, Bastian, and Ragnarock, hosted by sketch troupe Sidecar, at Night of 1000 Bad Commercials

[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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