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Cheap Laughs: The Best Free Independent and Alternative Comedy Shows This Week

Amber Nelson of Game Night
Amber Nelson of Game Night

New York is the comedy capital of the universe (sorry not sorry L.A.), but finding funny outside the industrial comedy club complex isn't always easy. We're doing the work so you don't have to. Here are the five best nights of laughs in the five boroughs this week: local, sustainable, farm-to-table, and absolutely free.

Monday, July 15th

Game Night Spike Hill Kyle Ayers and Will Winner host this board game-themed standup show featuring Conan and Leno-credited Barry Rothbart, delightful weirdo Phil Hanley and the UCB's Amber Nelson. Held the third Monday of every month.

Tuesday, July 16th

"The Bohemian Love Diaries" Book Launch The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge Slash Coleman is about to drive across America apologizing to all his ex-girlfriends. And he's written a memoir about everything leading up to it. Join this NPR and PBS regular as he launches the book, joined by hands down the most eclectic bill in comedy this week: opera schtick merchants the Donovan Ensemble, Cult-Indie-Anti-Folk-Pop-Singer-Songwriter Ari Namremag, and Hassidic outcast Mo Gelber (with blowup girlfriend Riva).

 

Christian Finnegan
Christian Finnegan

Wednesday, July 17th

Christian Finnegan at The Creek Creek & Cave Christian Finnegan is the type of headliner who would cost you $30 and a mandatory plate of chicken wings to see at a traditional club, but you can see him for free all week starting today at alt-comedy hub The Creek and The Cave in Long Island City.

Thursday, July 18th

Big Ups at Little Skips Little Skips Coffee/sandwich shop by day, Little Skips is nestled in a gritty little corner of Bushwick. This weekly standup show has a secret/Speakeasy feel, with up-and-comers bringing their A-game. A lot of funny in a small room. There's cheap beer for sale, or you can bring your own.

Friday, July 19th

Cranky Pants Comedy Hour One and One The best weekend laughter deal in Manhattan, Cranky Pants is picking up speed after 18 months of strong showcases. Comedy Bang! Bang! and Children's Hospital chameleon James Adomian headlines, with scene regulars Sam Morril, Jeff Wesselschmidt and Peggy O'Leary. Ben Conrad and Lucas Connolly host.

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Spike Hill - Closed

184-6 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

718-218-9737

www.spikehill.com

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Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012

212-505-3474

www.lepoissonrouge.com

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Little Skips

941 Willoughby Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221

718-484-0980

www.littleskips.com

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One and One

76 E. 1st St.
New York, NY 10009

212-598-9126

www.oneandoneny.com


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