Throughout the middle part of the 20th century, comedians like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, and Bill Cosby shared stage time with folk musicians, Beat poets, and activists in the basement bars and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village. The Improv Comedy Club, founded in 1963 i ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have sweater kings, Daily Show zings, Puerto Rican Rattlesnakes, Jazz babycakes, and New York's spirit clown Mr. Colin Quinn. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
It took three years, two mayors, and, ultimately, two city blocks, but tomorrow New York City will finally rename part of one of its streets after George Carlin. And the Catholic Church isn't even complaining. At least, not anymore. Carlin, the comedian and iconoclast known for his profanity-laced ... More >>
With a posthumous honor, the New York City native continues grappling with religion even after death. Here are, appropriately enough, seven things you should know about the newly-minted George Carlin Way. See also: How New York Comedian Michael Che Willed His Way to SNL and The Daily Show
Between growing up in Queens and currently residing in Brooklyn, comedian Hari Kondabolu has appeared on Letterman, Conan, and NPR. With brother Ashok (Das Racist rapper Dapwell) he created the Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast and fills in for Night Train host Wyatt Cenac when the latter finds hi ... More >>
Comedy booker, producer, and venue owner Rebecca Trent believes in fostering talent and building community. With founders Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway she celebrates Thursday's seventh anniversary of East Village staple Comedy as a Second Language (known as "Kabin" to the bar weekly's regulars), ... More >>
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 it all: triumphant homecomings, A-list movie stars, bitchy brews, bitchin' tunes, cults quaffing Kool Aid, and a whole bunch of tasseled nipples. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
For more than 25 years, Nick DiPaolo has battled it out in the comedy trenches alongside peers Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The Boston native has also waged a few personal wars of his own--mainly those against political correctness and complacency. Headlining Caroline's on B ... More >>
Disclaimer: Everything in this post is not some bogus attempt at making an April Fools' joke, that's not how we roll. We don't mess around when it comes to social activities. Spend this evening with real comedians including Janeane Garofalo at Union Hall, and Colin Quinn at Housing Works Bookstore, ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we hang out in bookstores, right a historic wrong done to Staten Island, brag abut Brooklyn's best live talk show, and hear tall tales about the very worst topic known to man: cheating. Here are our picks for independently produced New York comedy worth your time over the ... More >>
By Julie Seabaugh Between releasing stand-up special Mostly Sex Stuff on DVD and blu-ray, debuting the first 10 episodes of sketch/stand-up/interview series Inside Amy Schumer and announcing a 33-date national theater tour, native New Yorker Amy Schumer had one helluva 2013. There was also the mat ... More >>
Live comedy is a talky genre, but this week's Cheap Laughs features an unusually chatty bunch of shows. The NYC PodFest takes over the Lower East Side this weekend, bringing you the best audio over-sharers in the city. Lewis Black (a.k.a. the Picasso of Ranting) and Radiolab's storyteller-in-chief J ... More >>
Whether you first saw Mac Lethal serving sucker MCs at Scribble Jam, fiercely and independently touring with his Black Clover Records imprint or rapping while flipping pancakes, chances are some time in the past decade he's entranced and entertained you. Mac's invading a new medium this week with th ... More >>
I talk to her about her method, spank you very much
"She's fuckin' nuts!" declared Kathy Griffin at last week's Larry King event put on by the Friars. "She'll cut you!" The Sheraton shindig was supposed to be a tribute to Larry, but thankfully some roast-like moments like that snuck in.
New York Comedy Festival tortures us
Wondering what deep-fried monstrosity won the "most creative" category at the Texas State Fair this year? Fried bubble gum. [Time] Brooklyn native Colin Quinn will be a judge at this year's Vendy Awards, alongside CNN's Kat Kinsman and New York Times columnist John T. Edge. [Gothamist] A nu ... More >>
This week's column has my invigorating talks with various award nominees who sparkled up the Broadway season. Here are some extra tidbits from the stars: How did Mark Rylance (above), the volcanic actor who's Tony nominated for Jerusalem, feel about not also being nominated for his perform ... More >>
I have something in common with funnyman Colin Quinn, whom you know from Saturday Night Live and movies like Grown Ups. We both had a heinous experience with the theater 45-Bleecker, where I was supposed to produce a show last year and Colin actually opened one. The sleazy "Owner/Creative D ... More >>
As you know, my fantasy of being a middle-range producer hit a tiny snag when the show I'm co-producing--Perfect Harmony--was literally locked out of the theater, 45 Bleecker, last week. The place was on lockdown because of a fiery dispute between the landlord and the guy renting it, who app ... More >>
The show I'm producing was all set to open this Sunday at 45 Bleecker. I'd assumed it was a reputable theater, since a hit one-man show played there last year and this year, no less than Jerry Seinfeld directed Colin Quinn there in a show that's now heading to Broadway.
Jerry Seinfeld directs Colin Quinn's solo show
Long Story Short offers an amusing tour of world events
The Addams Family: ghoulish turns into goulash. Get it?At least other nightlife isn't such torture.
Today in the Post: Jaywalking! Threat or menace? (Well, WCBS already scooped them on the dangers of holiday shopping, so they had to go with this.) They find New Yorkers continuing to walk against lights even after the recent, gruesome pinning under a bus of jaywalker Lolaa Alrashied. "That ... More >>