NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 10/7/09

October 7, 2009

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Pete Holmes and a slew of other top stand-ups celebrate the new home of weekly show Now We're Talking

Pete Holmes and a slew of other top stand-ups celebrate the new home of free weekly comedy show Now We're Talking

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] [FREE + FREE COOKIES] 8:00: An all-star lineup of brilliant stand-ups—Anthony Jeselnik, Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt McCarthy, Amy Schumer, and Liam McEneaney—celebrating this free weekly show’s move to new venue O’Hanlon’s (14th Street off 1st Avenue), hosted by Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($7): Genius stand-up John Oliver (star correspondent of The Daily Show), brilliant sketch comic & storyteller Kevin Allison (The State, Risk!), Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents half-hour special), and Claudia Cogan (VH1’s Best Week Ever) at Dan Allen’s & Ray Devito’s stand-up showcase ¡Sacapuntas!

[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): Witty writers offering delightfully silly lectures about the year 1969 (e.g., “1969: Maybe Not Such a Big Deal”) in the Brooklyn comedic show Adult Education

[FREE + FREE FOOD + FREE CUPCAKES] 8:00: Celebrating host Sharon “Mama” Spell’s birthday, sharp stand-ups Emmy Rivera, Rob Gorden, Vicki Ferentinos, Sue Funke, Pat O’Shea, plus music from Colin Dempsey, and food by Emmy Rivera, and cupcakes by Vicki Ferentinos, all at Shrink

[FREE] 8:30 pm: Fine stand-ups Michelle Collins, Julian McCullough, Brent Sullivan, and Abe Smith at a free weekly comedy show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

9:00 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Sharp NYC comics Adam Newman, Kevin McCaffrey, Luke Cunningham, Pat Cassels, Ryan Reiss, and more telling their funniest one-liners at host Matt Goldich’s 25 Words or Less

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Several musicals made up entirely on the spot by award-winning improv comedy duo Glennis McMurray and Eliza Skinner as I Eat Pandas

[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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NYC Top Comedy Choices for Wednesday 9/9/09

September 9, 2009

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The luminous Margie Kment, about to move to LA, performs one last time with such stand-ups stars as Anthony Jeselnik and Ali Wong at Margie's weekly NYC show Now We're Talking

The luminous Margie Kment, about to move to LA, performs one last time with such stand-up stars as Anthony Jeselnik and Ali Wong at Margie's weekly NYC show Now We're Talking

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] 7:30 pm (no cover, 1-item min.): Top writers and comedians—who tonight are Ed Gavagan, Margot Leitman, John Flynn, and Kate Tellers—join world-class storyteller Adam Wade (two-time Moth GrandSlam Storytelling Champion and record-breaking 10-time StorySlam Champion; for Adam’s award-winning tale of being an NBC page on Conan O’Brien, please click here) in Ochi’s Lounge to share their favorite true campus anecdotes at Real Tales of College

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: The final appearance for a while of the luminous Margie Kment on this show she founded, as in about a week Margie is moving to LA; plus star comic Anthony Jeselnik (HBO, Comedy Central, staff writer for Jimmy Fallon, and one of the finest stand-ups in the country), Ali Wong (human dynamo stand-up), Andy Haynes, and Aaron Friedman performing at a free weekly comedy show at Rodeo Bar that Margie will tonight be handing over to Matt Maragno: Now We’re Talking

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: Former Saturday Night Live & Daily Show star A. Whitney Brown, plus Myq Kaplan, Amy Beckerman, Sara Jo Allocco, Anthony DeVito, Matt Little, and Shawn Pearlman, all performing at a free weekly East Village show hosted by Sharon “Mama” Spell: Shrink

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:30 pm: Terrific stand-ups Jamie Kilstein, Gabriel Delahaye, Jesse Popp, and Jack Kukoda, plus hilarious video clips from the Found Footage Festival, at a free weekly show at Brooklyn’s Cameo (behind Lovin’ Cup) hosted by new SNL cast member Jenny Slate and her pals Gabe Liedman & Max Silvestri: Big Terrific

[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): An hour-long play made up on the spot by razor-sharp, passionate improvisors Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Moral Orel) and Christina Gausas (Conan O’Brien, The Colbert Report) at Adsit & Gausas

[TOP PICK] 10:00 pm ($5): From Examiner.com:” I can sell this show in 10 words or less…pasties, beautiful ladies, hysterical comedy, a house band, and beer…done. The electric trio made up of Jessica Delfino, Diane O’Debra, and Steph Sbelli (who both sing raunchy songs and perform sketch comedy) put on their smashing monthly variety show Skits n Tits that can only be described as hilarious, bad ass, and sexy. Catch some of the hottest up and coming acts in burlesque and comedy.” Tonight’s guests include stand-up comics Heather Fink and Sarah Tollemache; burlesque performers Chi-Ciones, Suspicious Package, Lil Miss Lixx, and Akyno; and at midnight the band Hank and Cupcakes, which will rock the house for an all-night afterparty! Plus PBR is sponsoring drink specials and raffle prizes. It’s all happening in The Bowery Poetry Club at the monthly extravaganza known at Skits n Tits

[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:00 pm: Host Justin Purnell (The Colbert Report) provides a mix of guests who perform 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. Come support the experimentation, and periodic magical surprises, that this uniquely organic rollercoaster of a show makes possible: School Night

For full details, please visit HyReviews.com.

For FringeNYC 2009 Encore Series coverage, please click here.