This week in Cheap Laughs, we have free pie, pole dancing titillation, two-handed improv genus, garbage men, and the some of the funniest people on earth. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have fancy special tapings, a late night TV staff doing improv, nerdy comics, swag comics, a royal baby pig, a tight five on autism, and dick jokes sold with love in the world's most important gay bar. It's a hot week. Here's our rundown of the best in independently pro ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have television's finest improvisers, live dubbed sitcoms, Freudian drama, black talent, white talent, and a literal trip to comedy hell. Wear breathable fabrics, because it's going to be a hot one. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comed ... More >>
We were all new to New York at some point. Plenty of you no doubt took your first gulp of air in the maternity ward at Bellevue Hospital. But this list isn't for you. Many of us, including most here at the Voice, immigrated from elsewhere. We came in droves from the West Coast and the heartland. Fro ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we bring you New York's new beloved lord of minutiae, a night of raucous riffing, beards, gays, guts, stories, and TED talks that don't go anywhere. We're running the table, baby. Here's our pick of the best in independently produced comedy this week.
The smell of the Clinton Park Stables arrives before the sight of them, a mixture of straw and manure and horse sweat. It rises from the pavement of 52nd Street, just east of the Hudson River, across from De Witt Clinton Park, from which the stables take their name. The smell makes you swivel your h ... More >>
10. Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? After relocating and taking his weekly Hot Tub show to LA, Kurt Braunohler signed a deal with legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars to release his first stand-up album. How Do I Land? combines his famous knack for unsettling performance art with more traditional ... More >>
With America on the verge of a historic agreement with Iran, don't miss the chance to see a bunch of comedians not really understand what's going on with that. They will have great jokes about NFL bullying, though! Sidenote: does anyone know why Iran ISN'T our friend? They hate Al-Qaeda, they love f ... More >>
Our first taste of winter weather today does not mean your social life must go into hibernation mode. We've got a few things lined up this week that will definitely keep your wallet full and your blood pumping.
I cheated. I'm supposed to be getting high on this Girl Scout Cookies with the Flatbush Zombies in Bed Stuy but instead I'm listening to Pusha T's verse on "Nosetalgia" over and over, getting high by my solo dolo like I was Cudi. The car service driver just beeped his horn and I manage to gather m ... More >>
Fresh new shows. Grisly old shows. Shows supporting animal rescues. A show starring someone whose highest ambition is to play an American Legion Hall in New Hampshire. Yes, folks: Cheap Laughs has it all this week, proving that when it comes to weekly independent New York comedy recommendations, Hoo ... More >>
We've all thought it: "I wish I had it as good as all those sleeping babies in strollers." Comedian Mark Malkoff decided to see how good it really is. The 5-foot-7 Malkoff got 7-foot-tall 30 Rock alum Grizz Chapman to carry him around the city in a baby holster. The video of their escapades was post ... More >>
One of television's longest-running programs, NBC's Today, has recently gone from venerable to vulnerable within the span of about a year. Thanks to more missteps than a line of drunken novice cloggers attempting the Riverdance, the morning show now finds itself routinely rated behind its main compe ... More >>
Meek Mill 40/40 Club Wednesday, September 26 Better Than: Schlepping up to Inwood for a random Jay-Z sighting. Jay-Z is hip-hop's reigning master of synergy. Just days before he christens the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with a string of sold-out concerts, the rapper hosted the release of basketbal ... More >>
As reality television slowly drags itself into the oblivion, it is safe to say that we, as a country, are pretty much done with MTV's 'Jersey Shore.' The greased-up guido and obnoxious fist-pumping fad came and went but, nonetheless, it did happen: at one point, the show was the highest rated show e ... More >>
Dyke comics have moved far beyond Ellen DeGeneres's comfy, homespun humor
Debbie Downer's Girl Walks Into a Bar is hilarious
Robert Glasper Experiment Highline Ballroom Tuesday, February 28 Better than: Sitting at home with the radio. "About what time does ?uestlove finish up at the Fallon show? It couldn't have been that long ago, right?" That query, overheard amid the big beats pumping from the Highline Ballroom's s ... More >>
CMJ, Day Four: Vex Ruffin, The Stepkids, Jonti Better than: Listening to Stones Throw's present rap roster. The day before his first CMJ show, Vex Ruffin sat in a bar called Ontario in Williamsburg, wearing a t-shirt with the Seinfeld logo on it and quietly nerding out by giving the Stones ... More >>
He acts, he sings, and he even talks—with me! By Michael Musto
While performing in Nashville last weekend, 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan allegedly went on an anti-gay tirade. Audience member Kevin Rogers wrote on his Facebook page that Morgan said "'Born this Way' is bullshit, gay is a choice," and that "if his son -- was gay he better come home and talk to him ... More >>
Tracy Morgan/Jordan gets salty with Rachael Ray.Tracy Jordan, the fictional character who is actually not such a stretch for Tracy Morgan, paid a visit to the Rachael Ray Show on last night's episode of 30 Rock. In a case of art imitating life, the storyline revolved around TGS's uncertain fu ... More >>
Taxi TV is one of the worst things about New York City. It's intrusive, loud, and never really that interesting. What's the deal with that girl interviewing a random assortment of celebrities on her "stoop"? We're not even so sure that's her real stoop. There must be something to make Taxi TV bette ... More >>
Jackie Hoffman, dressed for work.Jackie Hoffman is an actress, a comedienne, and the owner of some of the most flexible facial muscles in entertainment history. If you didn't see her on Broadway as Hairspray's Prudy Pringleton or as The Addams Family's Grandma, there's a good chance you caugh ... More >>
We have gone to many, many, many LGBT rallies in the past year. Sometimes, it can be disheartening. Last night's "You Are Loved" vigil in Washington Square Park was certainly the most sad, but also, the most touching.
Saturday Night Live is switching up their cast, and the New York Times has confirmed the new lineup. Who's out and who's in this season, which everyone will tell you is worse than the season before regardless?
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithHannibal Buress walks through a city of lost souls, i.e. the Gathering of the Juggalos' Drug Bridge On the comedy stage of All Tomorrow's Parties New York this weekend is the recently minted 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress. The local comic's been all over the festival circu ... More >>
New York mag reports that Tracy Morgan is packing up his shark's den and settling somewhere in the West 50s. We think being Morgan's new neighbor could be enthralling -- or endangering -- depending on how your sense of humor handles jokes about getting people pregnant behind a middle school. ... More >>
Is 'the angriest man in the world' still mad? Filmmaker Ben Steinbauer goes looking for the answer.
Congratulations to New York's girl with the most cake, Tina Fey, for winning the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation's highest honor for those with easy, grossly unfair access to Jon Hamm comedy. The 30 Rock actress/writer will accept the award in November in a ceremony at th ... More >>
LolLost The fated day is almost upon us: This Sunday is the series finale of ABC's beloved tropical clusterfuck, Lost. If you've yet to find your ideal finale viewing party bar, now is probably the time to figure it out. Do you prefer island-appropriate mixed drinks? Or perhaps a city-wide scavenge ... More >>
At newest Chelsea gay bar, baseball and beer. Plus: Broadway and bears
The return of 'Hole' whether you like it or not, you little suck shits
Seminal New York 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin's apparently speaking at NYU's graduation. Hopefully it'll be like that time he screamed on the cell phone to his daughter, because I mean doesn't it feel like that kind of mildly terrifying Mamet-esque outrage could benefit the outgoing NYU class o ... More >>
Tracy Jordan, er, Morgan, for your pleasure
Cast your lot with any of these Purim celebrations
Laughing for a good cause
The seedy '60s, revived. Of course, Elaine Stritch was there the first time.
It's raining in Boston. I'm taking that as a metaphor. Everyone could just pack it in right now, go home, stay dry, and we'd be none the poorer. Instead, 9,000 American Idol hopefuls visually and aurally assault viewers for the next two hours, and subsequently five months, and most likely several mo ... More >>
Plus dancing stars, live mullets, and midlife lesbians.
Damon Albarn lends this "blind couple from Mali" a dash of Britpop
This is a new one on us: Wikipedia currently lists Alec Baldwin as one of the Democratic contenders for Mayor of New York in 2010, albeit a "potential" one. Their cite is a Bitten and Bound story from May of last year, which said the 30 Rock actor "has political aspirations." That seems rather thin ... More >>
Photo via Amrit/Stereogum The Voice's Vivekananda Nemana cornered 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander backstage after Friedlander's Wednesday tour de force hosting New York's Bad Art Auction. Topics discussed: drunken crowds, ceramic panther heads, Friedlander's own bad art collection, and sandwiches. You ... More >>
Neither one seem the least bit invested in their baby
I was walking with a friend down 12th Street Friday night when I heard a man at the wheel of a parked car call over to me, "Hello, sir!" I looked in, and it turned out to be Alec Baldwin! The movie star, constant SNL host, Golden Globe winner for 30 Rock, and Baldwin brother! I've interviewed Alec a ... More >>
**OnlineHost** Welcome to Britney Spears Spycam Chat! SpearsAndLoathing: what if i brought out a bear cub on a leash and just started bitin' it until it died SpearsAndLoathing: oh mah gaw i bet the paparazzi wouldn't let me just live ... More >>
New York's faux-corporate holiday soiree hits a few bum notes