Jo Firestone

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Cheap Laughs:The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 6/18 - 6/24

    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 >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 4/30 - 5/6

    This week in Cheap Laughs, we have daytime talk show legends, charitable causes, lots of gays, lots of pizza, and Jar Jar Binks doing his best Ed McMahon impression. Confused? Don't be. All will be revealed in our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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    April 15, 2014

    10 Things to Do for Less Than $10 in NYC This Week

    This whole blood moon brouhaha is throwing our mental state for a loop, so we're planning on taking it easy this week with some light social activities. You still with us? All right then! HousingWorks Bookstore celebrates first-time published female authors (including Voice alum Jen Doll) with a pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy in NYC This Week

    This week in New York comedy is a mixed bag, but in a good way. Come to think of it, why does the phrase "mixed bag" denote something bad? Mixes are good. They're full of surprises. Show me a bag with ten of the same thing, and I'll show you a boring bag. The next seven days will feature comedy talk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 2/12 - 12/18

    It's the sexiest time of the year, people. Valentine's Day approaches, when all relationships grow stronger via expensive prix fixe dinners and Whitman Samplers bought at gas stations. Want to avoid the heartache baked deep into this crappy, sappy holiday? There's a whole city full of cynical clowns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/20/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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    January 17, 2014

    10 Weekend Ideas Under $10: Cheer Up, Bowie! and Whitney Houston Jukebox Musical

    If you're lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off, we're giving you an extra day of great, inexpensive ideas to keep your three-day weekend perfectly filled. Highlights include the second annual Black Comic Book Festival 2014, Feeling Gloomy's Cheer Up, Bowie! party, and the Whitney Hous ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 15, 2014


    Star in a brand-new musical

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie and Alt Comedy this Week, 1/8 - 1/14

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Cheap Laughs: The Best Alt and Indie Comedy of the Week

    Halloween is coming up: do you have your comedy costume ready? Confuse trick-or-treaters by dressing as Richard Pryor on fire, Chris Farley eating, or the most terrifying sight in comedy... Carlos Mencia being himself. But there is no need to fear terrible, zombie jokes this week. Once again,we've s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Cheap Laughs: The Best (Mostly Free) Indie and Alt Comedy This Week

    This week in New York city comedy is packed with heavy hitters, real deals, and genuine articles. From rapid-fire topical jokes at The Magnet to drunken literary critiques in a community bookstore, the city's funny people are bringing the goods in all manner of weird and wonderful shows. And best of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Music's Best/Worst Puns with Punderdome 3000's Jo Firestone

    Puns: You love them or hate them. Not much middle ground there. But the folks who love the art of the pun love it quite a bit, so much so that there are actually pun competitions all over the world. In fact, Brooklyn's home to Punderdome 3000, whose September installment happens tonight at Littlefie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie and Alt Comedy This Week

    Let's be honest: summer isn't funny. Relaxation? Happy folks on beaches? Beautiful people in swimwear, flaunting their lack of body shame? Urgh. Thank God it's officially over and New York comedy fans can get back to what they do best: laughing at human frailty in dimly lit basements. This week we s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    For the Love of Lit: Our Five Best Book Events This Week

    I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating Housing Works Bookstore Tonight, 7pm, $10 Your skepticism is justified. People with the rock-solid attention spans and copious alone time required to really bunker down to some hardcore reading tend to be the very same who run for the stacks when faced with ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 19, 2012


    The holidays are made for the crazy