This week in Cheap Laughs, we have pendulous breasts, primo dong, recycled bars, zines, rock vomit, and (gasp) actual fun in the Theater District. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wash your dirty mind, it’s about food
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 >>
Stand-up comic Eddie Pepitone is central casting's dream: the angry, middle-aged New Yorker. You've seen him play that stereotypical, outer borough rageaholic in countless TV shows. Heck: on Conan sketches, he literally plays "angry New York guy". A cult figure in stand-up circles, Pepitone was scra ... More >>
Celebrate the birth of Morrissey
Psych-folk artist Chad VanGaalen is quite content to spend days in his Calgary home fiddling with Frankenstein instruments he crafted himself. After a crushingly long winter, he finally emerges to tour in support of his fifth full-length, the wildly warped Shrink Dust. He's a man who knows how to ... More >>
We're giving you a lot of weird stuff to do this weekend. Don't even attempt to question it. Tonight sing-along to your favorite '90s tunes (Color Me Badd, Dr. Dre, etc.) at Union Hall, or dance to a mash-up of Daft Punk and Michael Jackson at the Bell House. Also, there's a Taylor Swift group art s ... More >>
Mister Saturday Night claim the morning after
The dog days of summer are here. And admit it: you can't stand the thought of another outdoor concert, where you pretend to enjoy three art school dropouts indulge their irony-free love of noodling. Change it up, save your money, and go see some comedy in some of New York's finest air-conditioned ve ... More >>
From sea to shining sea, Americans love celebrating Independence Day--especially since it gives us a completely legitimate reason to indulge. If you'd rather not man the grill this Fourth of July weekend, here's a round-up of five ways to get festive--while letting someone else will do the cooking-- ... More >>
Comics performs for 826nyc
As Gothamist noted yesterday, tickets are now on sale for Sunny's May Day Party, a benefit at the Bell House which will kick off a month of organized fundraising for the wonderful old Red Hook bar that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy and has yet to reopen.
It’s ok to laugh at this Sandy fundraiser
Vote for four more beers
The weirdest comedy festival we know returns
My old Kentucky home in Brooklyn
At what point does the nostalgia overwhelm the art?
Still Better Than The Beatles: A Tribute To The Shaggs / A Benefit for the Fremont, N.H. Historical Society & 250th Anniversary Committee The Bell House Friday, April 13 Better than: The Kraftwerk tribute. YouTube recently declared a new Worst Band Ever. Whether or not the hapless outfit from ... More >>
Redheads get the VIP treatment for St. Patty's day
Pat Kiernan told us once, "Being a New Yorker is a state of mind. Not something on your birth certificate. The qualifications: some combination of knowledge of the city, love of the city, length of time here, and comfort with both defending and criticizing the city." Included in part one of that cla ... More >>
Lee Ranaldo goes it alone
Will it be bacon or hummus or both?
Fleisher's beefy new blog isn't the only news to report from the wide world of meat: On September 25, the Brooklyn Beefsteak will return, to the horror of PETA and the extreme joy of area carnivores.
It's hot as hell, so here's a guide to surviving the dog days this weekend (it's supposed to cool off Sunday, but we planned just in case...) without breaking the bank.
Podcasting with indie greats in Gowanus
This time lapse video shows the photographic journey of a man who grew out his beard for one year and six weeks. Corey Fauver, the video's bearded protagonist, only received a silver medal for his efforts in the Carleton College Golden Schillers short film competition. We think that this video dese ... More >>
Go back in time and live it up
Sounds for the masses
Festive, but can it be divided into 300 tasting portions?Aside from an appearance at the Farm City Fair in September, the Brooklyn Food Experiments have been simmering at a low burn for awhile. But on Sunday, Dec. 5, they'll come to a boil once more with the Holiday Food Experiment, which wil ... More >>
Have seen you seen this man?In the week we wondered if it was still possible to sell out in 2010 (short answer: no), we also found ourselves introduced to the horrific new term "rape gaze," about which the less that's now said, the better. Cleanse your palate with the six best things you can ... More >>
Eugene Mirman and friends are back
In the "top secret" filming location of Ted Leo's music video for "Bottled in Cork," I am waiting to choke a punk-rocking goon with my polka-dot ascot. Director Tom Scharpling sent a casting call two days prior, instructing fans to attend the shoot wearing nothing but their "finest theater- ... More >>
In yr face. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week the world learned how dangerous a truffle-flavored french fry really can be, we watched in horror as the New York Times Magazine penned a brutal takedown of M.I.A.--who retaliated by going after the journalist who wrote it, of course. Were you pe ... More >>
Unless you regard yourself as a ticket-scalping monger, you must accept that a Friday roundup begins with four sadly inaccessible sold-out shows: Caribou, Sleigh Bells, Local Natives, and Broken Social Scene. Fortunately, this gives you the opportunity to revel in some well-earned "I'm on a Boat" ... More >>
Washed Out: "Gary Low ain't got shit on me."Tonight, Hot Hot Heat begin their month-long residency at Public Assembly, an attempt to shed their image as radio-rock backwash that ends up on the John Tucker Must Die soundtrack. Over at the Bell House, Washed Out unleash the chill, much to the c ... More >>
If you like your ladies in out-of-this world glittering bodysuits, check out Leslie, a/k/a Mother Gem (the name hints at her collection of shiny jumpsuit splendor, as seen above), and her band the Ly's at Mercury Lounge, where the synth-pop band will induce a keytar frenzy. At the Bell House ... More >>
Cathy Erway appears on Good Day New York on the morning of the book release party. Cathy Erway's new book The Art of Eating In was officially released yesterday, and she engaged in a welter of personal appearances before coming to ground in the early evening at a book party held at The Bell ... More >>
We bleed for this thing. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week Jay-Z went all the way to the top of the singles list on our 2009 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, the rapper told SOTC that his two favorite songs of last year both came from Kings of Leon. With an honorable mention tip of the cap to the ... More >>
Charlotte Gainsbourg Bell House Tuesday, January 19 Last night at the Bell House was Charlotte Gainsbourg's first live solo show "literally ever," in the words of her publicist, and the experience was a little like watching a rare Shoebill Stork at the zoo. We stared at her curiously, she sort of ... More >>
NYC is a town of transplants, a fact that's never more obvious than during the holiday season. While thousands of New Yorkers take off work early and spend hours upon hours in traffic, at the airport, and stuck in train stations, we think those of you who are left in town should make the most of i ... More >>
tvol/flickrIt's what's for dinner.Andrew Dermont and Derek Silverman, the two twentysomethings behind the Brooklyn Beefsteak, are scarcely old enough to remember Beefsteak Charlie's, let alone the 19th- and early 20th-century meatstravaganzas that inspired the beef-and-beer blowout being held ... More >>
The Bell House yesterday played host to the Brooklyn Cheese Experiment, a polite maelstrom of dairy, beer, and DIY showmanship. Home cooks and home brewers competed for the hearts and stomach lining of the audiences and judges alike; inhuman quantities of curds and whey were consumed, and un ... More >>
Friday Noted Björk collaborators the Dirty Projectors join 2008 Pazz & Jop winners TV on the Radio in Central Park Friday night to benefit this year's free Central Park SummerStage slate. Beware of projectile vomiting at Webster Hall; Chromeo's Dave 1 is DJing tonight. Trumpet virtuoso Ralph Ale ... More >>
We'll think of a better name for this soon: Until then, here's Monday night's finest NYC shows. Holding tickets to the sold-out Dave Matthews gig at the Beacon this evening? Well, here's the most responsible financial advice you've gotten all year: SELL SELL SELL. Watch the thing on Hulu instead ... More >>
Sound of the City will resume full-force come Monday. In the meantime, find your last minute arrangements below...
In the same week that we interviewed Jaime Lowe about her ODB biography and had an unexpected follow-up exchange, the Vivian Girls insulted people who eat at Applebee's, we defended them, they apologized, Fluxy (who co-launched a new blog) called bullshit, NBS responded, and now Zach's off drinking ... More >>
Two new bars for the common man