This week in Cheap Laughs, we have word lovers, G'n'R covers, web series discovery, a blessed anniversary, and free cupcakes. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This year's 2014 NY Comedy Festival went down from November 5th through 9th in over 20 venues around the city. It once again had a stellar line-up of comics which made it difficult for us to pick and choose which shows to actually put on our "must see" list. That said, it had to be done and, ultimat ... More >>
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 >>
The biggest comedians descend on NYC.
Twin NYC comedians Kenny and Keith Lucas are all about the slow burn. Their low-key, deadpan give and take has been featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Arrested Development, 22 Jump Street, and Comedy Central Web series The Super Late Morning Show ("The morning show for people who wake up at n ... More >>
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 >>
Chappelle's Show vet and Comedy Cellar regular Kurt Metzger says he's done courting the ire of bloggers who feign outrage in the service of page counts: "If you like it, good, and otherwise don't even watch it. I don't need to break it down any more than that." At the final party of Montreal's Just ... More >>
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 Bu ... More >>
Being viciously straightforward, devastatingly hilarious and cursing whenever possible is what we all know and love comedian Robert Kelly for. Oh, and for his excessive use of the word "dude" too. On Tuesday, June 17, he's taping his first special at the Village Underground and while it's sold out, ... 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 >>
It's only been two years since New York comic/Daily Show commentator/Grammy-winning Jack of all Rage Lewis Black released his last special, but he's noted plenty of political hypocrisy, generational ineptitudes and technological missteps in the meantime to keep his blood pressure soaring comfortably ... More >>
Carol Leifer grew up loving I Love Lucy like today's comedy fans loved Seinfeld. And as a writer on the seminal "Show About Nothing" (she was responsible for episodes including "The Lip Reader," "The Hamptons" and "The Rye"), Leifer deftly chiseled her experiences into the bedrock of an entertainmen ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
By Julie Seabaugh In his second special, Hannibal Buress: Live in Chicago, the laid-back comic relates the story of throwing a bachelor party in New Orleans. "One of my friends said, 'Hannibal, you should hire a second line band to follow you through the streets,'" he recalls. "Basically in New Orl ... More >>
With 2013 drawing to a close, we checked in with eight New York rap artists who contributed notable releases to the schedule and pressed them for their own take on how they felt the year in hip-hop went. Read on to hear what Homeboy Sandman, YC The Cynic, CJ Fly, Steel Tipped Dove, the Doppelgangaz, ... More >>
Kurt Braunohler launches his debut album
[Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.] The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed today, following reports of a fatal overdose. Ambulances were on the scene at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois around 2 p.m. local ... More >>
The Kaufman Music Center's Ecstatic Music Festival began last weekend, and it runs through March. The performers, which include Deerhoof, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo and the JACK Quartet, were selected because they occupy the "fertile terrain between classical and popular music." Among these so-called ... More >>
Better than: That cousin of yours who has fantastic taste and knows he has fantastic taste coming to your house and playing you fantastic music and showing you a great time, and every so often you catch him looking at you in a condescending way and you want to enjoy yourself less but you just can't ... More >>
Eugene Mirman has the formula for fun
The Portishead/All Tomorrow's Parties-curated festival I'll Be Your Mirror, taking place down the shore in Asbury Park from September 30 through October 2, has added a second performance by the no-longer-all-that-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to its itinerary, and is relea ... More >>
Matt McCarthy is a commercial success
That's it for us in 2010, thanks guys--we feel extremely lucky to have the readers we do. It's been a long month of recapping an even longer year. So before we head out the door for 2011, let's run it all back one last time. What you may have missed in the December fog: F2K10, Our Countdown ... More >>
A thing that happened. Photo by Phil Freeman.In the week we debated whether 2010 was the best year for music ever (you guys know that was a joke, right?), we pitted Chris Brown against Katy Perry, Titus Andronicus against LCD Soundsystem, Taylor Swift against M.I.A., and house music against h ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. This is a compilation of 2010's best local music, lovingly curated by YIMBY columnist Christopher R. Weingarten. See last year's tape here. R.I.P. Chris Weingarten's old blue trucker hat. Photo by Rebecca ... More >>
"The idea of a bunch of clowns rapping? That appeals to me." photo by Nate "Igor" SmithTom Green meets Gallagher for the first time in his life, Gallagher makes cancer jokes in return. Along with the bizarre-booking likes of Gallagher, Ron Jeremy, Tila Tequila, and Hannibal Buress, comedian Tom Gr ... More >>
Revenge of the losers! Or, what it's like at a four-day reunion of 'the most misunderstood people of all time'
Eugene Mirman and friends are back
all photos by Per Billgren This past weekend in Monticello, New York the third annual All Tomorrow's Parties New York took place. Here are some snapshots of the people we met.
Rebecca SmeyneWelcome back. The third All Tomorrow's Parties New York begins tonight. Jim Jarmusch is the curator. Christopher R. Weingarten is your official historian. Shellac are your house band. Barry Hogan is your host. And if you enjoy life, you should go. There's still time.
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 >>
Skip 30 Rock and head downtown
The Knitting Factory returns, as God and Bedford intended it