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.
Monday's local headlines announced that the body of 29-year-old Columbia dental student Jiwon Lee was found Saturday in the Hudson River. Most outlets reported that she was last seen at her apartment the evening of April 1, served as president of the university's American Student Dental Association, ... More >>
Joe Mande drops his first album
This week we're getting some much-needed fashion advice: Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe at Barnes & Noble in Tribeca and Elizabeth Cline talks about her new book at the Museum at the Fashion Institute. In other book news, the dudes from the Jesus Lizard discuss their new coffee table book, Book, tonig ... More >>
Laugh along with Paul Rodriguez
This week in independent NYC comedy has literally everything: young upstarts, grizzled veterans, pole-dancing ladies, podium-gripping men, and a very special show inspired by the works of Billy Joel. If you're not enjoying quality comedy entertainment for just a few bucks this week, well, we're dis ... More >>
You think you have what it takes to roller-skate with the best of them? Test out your dance moves on wheels, donate a couple of bucks at the Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit typhoon victims, and take your frustrations out on some really hideous art, all before the end of the week.
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.
It's the spookiest, goofiest time of the year! The one industrial town in Bangladesh that ONLY makes fake spiderwebs is running three shifts a day to celebrate Halloween (or as they call it "that time in November we're not starving"), so let's all party with them! You're lucky this is the city that ... More >>
Though Frank Ocean and Tyler The Creator have garnered most of the Odd Future attention and praise from music critics, Mike G, in all his laid back glory, has managed to become a fan favorite. No small feat when you factor in the sheer size of the collective and their tendency to be unruly, often dr ... More >>
Tig Notaro is busy. You wouldn't think 2013 would feel very busy for the comedian after the year she had in 2012. Notaro's last year seemed as though it contained a lifetime's worth of tragedy in a few short months. Her year included contracting pneumonia, then a life-threatening intestinal diseas ... More >>
Have you seen these Puppylift ads on the subway recently? From a distance, they appear advertise plastic surgery for dogs, asking, "Is your dog a 'total dog'?" They also display pre- and post-facelift pics of a client's furry friend. It's enough to make sleepy commuters double-take. On closer exam ... More >>
The greatest band of all time reunites, sort of
"Those are mah cheesy poofs!"If you're a South Park fan -- and who isn't these days -- get excited for a new snack the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo is preparing to launch next month. Finally, Cheesy Poofs will be real, for a limited time.
The comedian/writer/rapper is on a collision course with stardom
The biggest problem in the House of Representatives at the moment is Chris Smith's "No Taxpayer for Abortion" Act, which seeks to limit women's choices in reproductive matters by doing things like banning federal funding for abortions in rape cases. Also an issue, though, was the bill's langu ... More >>
The Million Man MarchBecause it is difficult to form and articulate intelligent thoughts, in general, but specifically about an event that blurs the lines between sincerity, irony, comedy and politics, much of the conversation surrounding Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore San ... More >>
Any attempt to describe what Reggie Watts does onstage will inevitably fail to convey the dizzying heights of absurdity the man regularly achieves, but here it goes. First, the Seattle-via-Montana transplant constructs backing tracks via carefully controlled beat-boxing and judicious use of loopin ... More >>
Eugene Mirman, with friend.Eugene Mirman is a very funny man--so funny that this very publication dubbed him New York's best stand-up comedian in 2009. You've probably seen him on Flight of the Conchords or at Union Hall, where he hosts Tearing the Veil of Maya with Michael Showalter. Last ye ... More >>
Aziz Ansari is done playing second fiddle
Jeffrey Ross shows off the art of the insult
A new Comedy Central show that's better than therapy
Jon Stewart should really thank her
Navigating the great costumes and lousy underage fucks as Halloween descends
Can a doc about an almost-aired cannibal reality show be for real?
Slackjawed sketch comedy adaptation struggles on the big screen
The year in TV: Another season, a smattering of reasons for tuning in amid all the mediocrity
Jon and Bill: The hosts who make us laugh when we'd rather cry
Bush's Secret Society Hits the Mainstream
X-treme Performance Art Moves From the Margin to the Mainstream