Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie and Alt Comedy This Week

Missy Baker performs at The Creek's Bizarre Bazaar this Thursday
Missy Baker performs at The Creek's Bizarre Bazaar this Thursday

Labor Day is just a week away. It's your last chance to see comedians work dirtier, push envelopes harder, and tell industrial quantities of Ben Affleck/Batman jokes before "real life" resumes. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch.

See also: Comedian Kurt Braunohler Misses You All the Time, New York

Monday, August 26th

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac Littlefield, 8 p.m. $5 online, $8 at the door Now bedded in as the best of all possible replacements for Hot Tub!, Wyatt Cenac's Night Train nails the formula for successful comedy in New York: fun room, rabid fan base, and a hot, talented, famous black guy hosting. Jessi Klein and Eugene Mirman deliver the goods tonight, with Jermaine Fowler, Guy Branum, Billy Wayne Davis and RG Daniels.

Upcoming Events

Also on Monday

Press Record - with John F. O'Donnell Brit Pack Studios, 9 p.m. FREE (limited space - email to RSVP) Magical weirdo John F. O'Donnell will be recording a half-hour of carefully crafted material tonight, and if you've never seen a comic tape a long set, you should go. It's a privilege to see years of jokes laid down in one night, captured at the peak of their life, like those mosquitoes in Jurassic Park. You can BYOB and some free booze will be provided.

Tuesday, August 27th

Kurt Braunohler Record Release PartyThe Bell House

, 8 p.m. $15 Kurt Braunohler returns to Brooklyn in bloody triumph, bearing his newly released standup album (

read all about it in our interview with him here

). He's joined by Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Nick Turner, and Ted Leo in probably the most ridiculously entertaining bill of the week.


Wednesday, August 28th

RadnessUnion Hall

, 8:30 p.m. $6 (tickets


) Hot 97's

DJ Cipha Sounds

and Spike TV's

Lukas Kaiser

continue to build brutally good lineups at their Brooklyn home. Heavy-hitter

Hannibal Burress

headlines, helped by

Mark Normand



, Comedy Central and the best filthy joke writer in the city), MTV

Girl Code


Giulia Rozzi

and others.

Thursday August 29th

Bizarre Bazaar The Creek and the Cave , 8 p.m. $6 online, $10 at the door What do you get when you mix stand up comedy, burlesque performers, side-show oddities, and circus performers? Boners. Oh, and this show. Comics Lane Pieschel (Bridgetown Comedy Festival), Julia Solomon and Missy Baker (Time Out Joke of the Week) fan dancer Marlena Dee, magician Nelson Lugo, and "boy-lesque" performer Alfie Bunz.

Friday August 30th

GENTRIFY UCBeast, 10:30 p.m. $10 Top shelfers Paul Oddo (Boston Comedy Festival), Will Hines (Adult Swim), Nick Mullen (Montreal Just for Laughs) and Sara Armour (Laughing Skull) give you a Friday night of comedy no one has to worry about: audience shows up, performers knock it out of the park, you go home happy.

Tom Cowell is a comedian. Follow him on Twitter @mrtomcowell. Email with all listing suggestions.

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