Cheap Laughs:The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 6/18 - 6/24
David Cross perfoms at Meet Me In the Bathroom... Wednesday night at The Bell House
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have bathroom secrets, light bulb eaters, click-clapping hipsters, the shining light of inner beauty, and a giant pile of donuts. It's a finger-licking seven days. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week. See also: Hannibal Buress: "Bombing Can Be Good"
It's a great name, and it's a blow out show. What more could you want from a Wednesday? Local treasure Dave Hill and his house band Valley Lodge bring a heaping sack of talent to The Bell House tonight for your viewing pleasure. Mr. Show and Arrested Development star David Cross tops the bill, along with Some Girls rocker Juliana Hatfield, rapper Jean Grae, Daily Show correspondent Michael Che, and many more comedians.
Jo Firestone has scoured the city for 12 of its weirdest, warmest-hearted oddballs, inviting them to a very different kind of beauty pageant. There are no points for conventional good looks: only inner radiance matters. Contestants participate in an interview, a talent display, and a homemade swimsuit competition. And you the audience will pick the winner (in a silent ballot, so no one's feelings get too hurt). A previous winner was Communist puppet-maker Tom Cunningham. That's pretty fun, right?
Big Ups At Little Skips: Anniversary Show Little Skips, 9.30 p.m. Free.
Bushwick's hip kaffeeklatsch comedy show is one year old tonight, with a sparkling line-up to mark the occasion. Ben Kronberg recently got told to go fuck himself by Rosanne Barr on national television (thanks, Last Comic Standing!), and spun a potential debacle into social media gold with a self-empowering #gofuckyourselfben hashtag. It's one hell of a story, and maybe he'll tell you the full version tonight. Joining him are Nick Vatterott, Myka Fox and a few very special drop-ins.
Cranky Pants One and One Bar, 7.30 p.m. Free.
Want to see a free stand-up comedy show, in the heart of the East Village, packed with TV-blooded comics and the best up-and-coming joke writers? Here you go. Mark Normand, Sean Donnelly and Jim Tews are all hardened pros, and Will Miles and Christi Chiello are rising talents.
Nick Thune is a wonderfully unusual one-liner comedian, who brings a guitar on stage but rarely uses it. He writes clean jokes (a harder path), and has Conan, Fallon, and eight Tonight Show appearances under his hand-tooled, hipstery, weird belt. He's releasing the vinyl edition of his new album Folk Hero tonight. You should go, and ask him to tell you the long version of how he broke his arm last year. It's a good one.
Taste Test Comedy Cielo at the Mayfair, 6 p.m. $10.
Like food? Like comedy? Enjoy them together, at the first show we're aware of that blends the two. MTV star Nikki Glaser, VH1's Brooke Van Poppelen and a host of others mingle with the city's most delicious small food vendors: cold pressed juices from TumericALIVE, donuts from Dun-Well, and fresh pasta from Cielo. NPR's Chris Duffy will host, and administer Heimlich Maneuvers on anyone who tries to eat and laugh simultaneously.
Week At The Creek: Abigoliah Schamaun The Creek and the Cave, 7 p.m. Free.
Comic Abigoliah Schamaun has a rep as "Queen of the obscene." But she's prepping a show for the Edinburgh Festival that deals with something truly subversive: her love for her parents. Abigoliah takes the path less trodden in her new stand up hour, making jokes about her mother and father's lifelong love and suppot, rather than (as a lot of comedians would) harping on about a fucked up childhood. A famously freaky performer -- she's circus-arts trained and can eat a light bulb whole -- a free hour with Schaumaun at the Creek is well worth your time.
Tell Your Friends: Live Podcast Taping The Bell House, Doors 7 p.m. / Shows 8 p.m. $10.
Podcast host Liam McEneaney welcomes The New Yorker's arch-satirist Andy Borowitz, hardest working woman in show-business Ophira Eisenberg, Inside Amy Schumer writer Jessi Klein, and a host of others for a live taped gab-fest. Make sure you emit a recognizable laugh, so you can hear it when you listen on iTunes next week.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.