This week in Cheap Laughs, we have improvised stand-up, naked people, semi-secret venues, tribute bands, wolf-boys, a star of The Office, and folks who go deep for an hour and a half. Relax your pelvic floor, everybody: here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this we ... 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 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.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have television's finest improvisers, live dubbed sitcoms, Freudian drama, black talent, white talent, and a literal trip to comedy hell. Wear breathable fabrics, because it's going to be a hot one. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comed ... More >>
Laugh about city life with these comedians
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 >>
You have a bunch of New Year's resolutions--eat less, smoke more etc.--but how about making one you'll actually keep? Resolve to see more live comedy. That's pretty easy to stick to: you're in the global capital of stand-up, sketch and improv. Plus, it's way more fun than going to the gym. Cheap Lau ... More >>
You've spent a week eating leftovers and let's be frank: you're starting to look puffy. You need to get out and work those abs. And is there a better work-out for your gut than laughter? No. That's medical science. So do your health a favor and see some of our picks for the best value comedy shows i ... More >>
Eugene Mirman keeps the joke going
Labor Day is just a week away. It's your last chance to see comedians work dirtier, push envelopes harder, and tell industrial quantities of Ben Affleck/Batman jokes before "real life" resumes. Here are our picks for the best of the bunch. See also: Comedian Kurt Braunohler Misses You All the Time, ... More >>
Kurt Braunohler launches his debut album
At the end of the week, we'll officially welcome summer. Ring it in with some off-beat food related happenings this week sure to be more interesting than firing up the grill again.
Your last chance to see the Delocated gang
Riff along with Todd Barry
The weirdest comedy festival we know returns
The gang's all at the bellhouse
On the fifth night of Hanukkah . . .
Yo La Tengo light their menorah
Which is a sort of snarky way of saying that tickets for this year's Eight Nights of Hannukah celebration go on sale tomorrow at noon. For those unfamiliar with the tradition, every year Yo La Tengo brings together a bunch of friends whose identities "will not be divulged until the last possi ... More >>
They Might Be Giants w/Jonathan Coulton, Eugene Mirman & Pretty Good Friends Williamsburg Waterfront Friday, July 29 Better than: Funny you should ask. Around the 30-minute mark of the the heavens' continued urination on the gathered masses at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday, comedian Todd ... More >>
Three great comics have Xmas covered
Did you miss our party last night? It was fun. More importantly, people won stuff, like giant foam fingers and real, live cans of Four Loko! Herewith, a recap of the deserving winners of the very first ever First Annual Village Voice Web Awards! Also, our apologies to Best Neighborhood Blog, ... More >>
Take it with a grain of salt, but we hear pretty reliably that the big guest for Yo La Tengo's eighth-night finale at Maxwell's will be none other than Brooklyn's the National. If true, they'd follow a murderer's row of guests YLT have already had out to Hoboken this year: M. Ward and tonight's Vi ... More >>
Here is an award. Ours will be better.You have questions? We have answers! Tonight's first annual Village Voice Web Awards are, in fact, tonight, December 7. Doors open at 7 p.m. at Santos Party House (96 Lafayette Street between Walker and White). The party will go until about 10, or wheneve ... More >>
Listen. We put together a little thing tonight that we thought you might enjoy: The first-annual (?) Village Voice Web Awards, wherein we honor the victors of various categories (really hoping for an Awesome Tweets nod) and throw a thoroughly random-ass assemblage of folks onstage, including ... More >>
We're getting kinda excited over here about our upcoming first annual Web awards. For one thing, we've managed to snag a 14-year-old rapper who's become Internet-famous via his catchy depiction of the conflicting feelings a young man must face when his rather attractive mother is ogled on the ... More >>
This is not Christopher R. Weingarten, it's our host Todd Barry. Notice a pattern? We here at the Village Voice are in the final stages of preparing for our first annual Web Awards, which takes place this Tuesday, December 7 at Santos Party House. Comedian, funnyman, all-around rad dude Todd Barry ... More >>
Congrats to our Village Voice Web Award finalists for Best Neighborhood Blog! There are many worthy contenders, of course, but the public has spoken and the 5 favorite blogs in the hood are...
via @ToddBarryWe're super-psyched to announce that funnyman Todd Barry, who's appeared on Bored to Death, Flight of the Conchords, Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and a multitude of other impressive small and large screen vehicles (he was Wayne in The Wrestler!) is taking time from his busy s ... More >>
Laughing for a good cause
If this doesn't say it all, don't know what does Wyclef's Yele charity has recently drawn a firestorm of criticism, but he's not the only musical figure trying to mobilize folks and funds on behalf of Haiti. There's also an impressive number of benefit concerts and music events happening in the cit ... More >>
Doesnt everyones menorah have 12 candles?
A night of two stellar holiday comedy shows
all photos by Nate "Igor" SmithNeil Hamburger and Todd Barry Neil Hamburger November 12 Knitting Factory Stand-up character Neil Hamburger has, for years, been infamous for his unmannerly Michael Jackson jokes. The best one: "Why did Michael Jackson dangle his infant son over the railing? Because ... More >>
No ones safe when Todd Barrys on stage
A funny flight without Bret and Jemaine
The Believer hosts a night of oddballs
Alt-comedians celebrate the joy of the up-and-coming (or down-and-out) comedian
Creative beer receptacles and futile after-party searches after a long day at Coney Island