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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie Comedy This Week, 1/22 - 1/28

VH1 Best Week Ever's Michelle Buteau performs at Rifftown this Wednesday, at The Creek and the Cave
VH1 Best Week Ever's Michelle Buteau performs at Rifftown this Wednesday, at The Creek and the Cave

This week in New York comedy, we're all about story. The Creek and the Cave hosts its Rifftown show, highlighting the best off-the-cuff raconteurs in town. Josh Accardo and Kambri Crews deliver one-person shows with professional stand-up chops. And The Moth's Adam Wade--so adorable, he's essentially a human kitten with eye-glasses--hosts a showcase of the best storytelling talent in the East Village. And if that's too all cutesy-poo, there's pole-dancing too. Yes, for real. Here's our round-up of the best in independent New York comedy this week.

Wednesday, January 22nd

Rifftown The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.

Rifftown brings New York's top comedians together and asks them to commit sacrilege: leave all their jokes and set lists at home, and commit to a night of pure riffing. Performers either tell a story they've never told anyone, improvise a stand-up set based on an audience suggestion, or rant off the cuff. This month host Carolyn Castiglia welcomes Michelle Buteau (Best Week Ever, Fox's military sitcom Enlisted), Rob Cantrell (Colbert Report), Frank Liotti (Grand Theft Auto V... yes, really) and a bunch of other funny people.

Thursday, January 23rd

Talk Story CAP21 Studios, 9 p.m. Free.

Josh Accardo's new show is about the stories a man tells himself the night he planned to propose to his girlfriend... but just couldn't pull the trigger. Expect a lot of drinking, self-questioning (is sex addiction a thing?), and details on how a Hawaiian grandfather and Sicilian father can make you a very confused but entertaining male person.

Friday, January 24th

 

Storyteller Kambri Crews performs her show "Burn Down The Ground" at The PIT this Friday
Storyteller Kambri Crews performs her show "Burn Down The Ground" at The PIT this Friday

Kambri Crews: Burn Down the Ground The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $10.

Author and comic storyteller Kambri Crews shares her story of living in the deep woods of Texas with pot smoking deaf parents, and especially her father, who is currently serving 20 years for attempted murder. Hilarious, right? Well, yes, as it happens. Crews is a gifted raconteur, a veteran of The Moth and Risk! storytelling events, and funny as all hell.

Saturday, January 25th

Schtick a Pole in It R Bar, Doors 7.30 p.m., show 8 p.m. $15 (online here, more on the door).

One year ago, comedians Dan Goodman and Joanna Ross threw a fundraiser for a friend with breast cancer. "Boobs plus jokes" were kind of in their wheelhouse, so they put together a combined comedy show/pole-dancing exhibition. And wouldn't you know it: combining laughter with hot, athletic women in tight clothing turned out to be a big hit. Tonight is their first anniversary show, and the whole sweaty celebration will be fueled by free giveaways of Hacienda Vieja Tequila.

Sunday, January 26th

If You Build It UCBeast, 8 p.m. $5.

One of the longest-running and consistently excellent stand-up showcases in the UCB community, If You Build It is a lock for a good time every Sunday night. This week the great Sheng Wang headlines, supported by musical comedy doyennes Reformed Whores, comedy documentarian Scott Moran and This American Life's Nick Maritato.

Monday, January 27th

Tales of the Cosmos UCBeast, 8 p.m. $5.

The mega-vulnerable, ultra-sweetheart storyteller (and 17-time Moth StorySLAM winner) Adam Wade hosts this monthly show, featuring some of the best storytellers in the city. Ladies: please do not go to this show if you are currently seeking someone to love. Because Adam Wade will become that person. Sweet, despairingly honest, and just so damned FIXABLE, we assume Wade is the personal project of at least a dozen ultra hot East Village poet-sculptors. Want to get in line behind them? Be our guest.

Tuesday, January 28th

Northern Discomfort The Stand, 8 p.m. $5 at NorthernDiscomfort.com with the code "villagevoice," more on the door.

Earthquake headlines a barn-storming show at The Stand tonight. Perhaps the most successful African-American comedian you've never heard of, this guy makes millions killing it all over the country. You can see him tonight for less than the price of a deli sandwich. Add New York crusher Andy Hendrickson (Letterman), the world's "if only" 90's girlfriend Janeane Garofalo (Hollywood movies), and laconic smartass Jeffrey Joseph (Comedy Central), and you have a hell of a time. Producer Josh Carter hosts, and provided the code above so Cheap Laughs readers can get in for just five bucks. We're too good to you.

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

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The Creek and the Cave

10-93 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101-5756

718-706-8783

www.thecreekandthecave.com

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Cap21 Studios

18 W. 18th St.
New York, NY 10011

212-807-0202

www.cap21.org

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The Peoples Improv Theater

123 E. 24th St.
New York, NY 10010

212-563-7488

www.thepit-nyc.com

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R Bar

218 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

212-334-0484

www.rbarnyc.com

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UCBeast

153 E. 3rd St.
New York, NY 10009

212-366-9231

east.ucbtheatre.com

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The Stand

239 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

212-677-2600

www.thestandnyc.com


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