This week in Cheap Laughs, we have cake shops, chaotic performance art, gift shows, shift shows, the black Daria, and two triumphant celebrations for the Brooklyn Comedy Festival (all of which has shows you should consider attending here). Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have beloved transgender Puerto Ricans, animal tail butt plugs, nipple tassels, special siblings, and a musical based on stand-up comedy. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
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 >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have smoldering SNL talent, organized labor, electro-disco, gay improv, slams, snark, anonymous dating shows, and just the nicest young man from Wisconsin. It's irresistible. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have pendulous breasts, primo dong, recycled bars, zines, rock vomit, and (gasp) actual fun in the Theater District. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have erotic fan fiction, hot blows struck for gay equality, improv marathons, Friday pantheons, World Cup cares, current affairs, and at the end of it all, just a Nice Boy Telling Nice Jokes. Let's get into it. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced Ne ... 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 >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have nautical sketches, a marathon of jokes from a city comedy institution, Norwegians, coders, bullwhips, bullshits, and a drinking game that may reinvent theater itself. We're well worth your time. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York come ... 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.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have the best VHS crap on the internet, Ira Glass' dream improv perfomance, ravishing Finnish poker players, Bieber-powered pole dancing, relaxed gay manners, and the superstars of six-second jokes. In other words, we've got what you need. Here's our rundown of the best ... More >>
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 >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have everything: funny Norwegians, Tinder titillation, boy burlesque, street toughs, secret passwords, cheerleading cancer, and the enduring lure of Quebec. We do it right, baby. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we bring you New York's new beloved lord of minutiae, a night of raucous riffing, beards, gays, guts, stories, and TED talks that don't go anywhere. We're running the table, baby. Here's our pick of the best in independently produced comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we meditate on why we've lived in New York so long, rock out to a Weezer cover band, and admire the killing powers of Jesus Christ. We also have shows starring filthy people, shows starring lady people, and shows starring real actual scientist people. We do it all. Here's ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we get transatlantic with a visiting U.K. comic, soothe your post-Wrestlemania pains, and highlight shows dealing with the core fundamentals of life: boobs, bacon, and bawling your eyes out. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this wee ... 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 >>
Spring is here! Are you anxious about your body yet? Another winter of layers, sweaters, and other paunch-hiding garments has flown by. But now the weather is warming up, and disgusting skinny people are flaunting their tight bods and friendly metabolisms. Our advice? Don't try to compete. Wear som ... More >>
Just a quick note to remind you that TONIGHT Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa will be telling their funniest/most odd stories from life on the road. Exceptionally funny NYC comics Joe List, Leah Bonnema, and Mark Normand will join them, and I will be hosting the whole thing along with Voi ... More >>
Consider this week's Cheap Laughs our gift to a city about to experience something terrible: the regurgitated Guinness festival that is St. Patrick's day. Lord, have mercy. Do yourself a favor. Avoid the ass-clowns at McWherever's and go watch some live comedy. Here is our roundup of the best in ind ... More >>
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 >>
What's that? A beehive? No! It's Oscar buzz. The west coast is gearing up for its annual backslapathon, with all the glamour and glitz the Tinseltown dream factory can possibly secrete, spread over a week of hype. By all means enjoy it, but don't forget that 90% of the Academy crowd started right he ... More >>
This snow business is officially out of control. Everyone is slipping on slush, cancelling plans, and even worse: running out of snow-related workplace banter. We've had so much bad weather, even the office cut-up is running out of precipitation material. You need to feed the beast. Get out there in ... More >>
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 >>
We have entered the holiest time in America's cultural calendar: Super Bowl week. And man, is this an irony-free zone. Everyone in the nation is required to have an opinion on how 22 sacks of meat will behave for four hours this Sunday, regardless of how ridiculous they sound. Want to burst this bub ... More >>
It's the third week of January. There are no songs about the third week of January. You know why? Because the third week of January sucks. If you're single, you've started worrying about Valentine's Day. You can't stay home because you do that every year and it means the Chardonnay spins and sexting ... 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 >>
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 >>
Consider the phrase "ho ho ho." It denotes festive laughter, but how much will you really laugh this holiday season, given what you're about to endure? Crappy gifts, airports, family racists, "a very special Christmas episode" of every awful show, eggnog, criminal knitware, relatives who just found ... More >>
'Tis the season of giving. So we're gift-wrapping the best in independent and alternative New York comedy just for you. This week has one-liner maestros, Stephen Colbert's writers being let off their chain, and a chance to give back to the city's neediest... while guzzling free beer and vodka. That' ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The New York Comedy Festival takes over town this week, and by all means salute your Bill Burrs, your Larry Davids and your Stephen Colberts. But they get enough ink. Cheap Laughs ignores the main event and digs through the undercard, bringing you the best and boldest of alt, indie and up-and-coming ... More >>
Halloween is nearly here, and New York comedy freaks are knocking on your door in expectation. This week we have pole dancing mixed with stand-up (guess where most of the audience's attention will be), campy 80's horror movie drinkathons, and merciless mockery of comedy's biggest names by some of it ... More >>
The tech world and the joke world come together this week, like a remake of The Social Network with a DVD commentary track of fart noises. Social sharing mecca Reddit hosts its regular standup show Wednesday, TED talk-inspired goof "Slideshow" is on Saturday, and the app-powered comedy night "Crowd ... More >>
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 >>
It's an all-nerd pick this week, as the city prepares to welcome New York Comic Con. We have all manner of geeked-out funny people for you, from rapping improv dorks and Merrie Melody fans, to Texan history enthusiasts and men who name stand-up albums after Founding Fathers of American Commerce. Gra ... More >>
Dita Von Teese might be offended when we call her the Founding Mother of Modern Burlesque, but the shoe fits. Teese spent the 1990s dragging striptease back from the grimy brink of tawdriness, recovering a lost, pre-war world of fan dance glamor. So if you've enjoyed a burlesque show in the last 20 ... More >>
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 >>
Fresh new shows. Grisly old shows. Shows supporting animal rescues. A show starring someone whose highest ambition is to play an American Legion Hall in New Hampshire. Yes, folks: Cheap Laughs has it all this week, proving that when it comes to weekly independent New York comedy recommendations, Hoo ... More >>
Don't say we never spoil you. This week we have a comedy show entirely based around Saved By the Bell, a deaf stand-up set relayed through ASL, and the comic cream of England's Cambridge University swinging through town with deeply intellectual dick jokes. Combine that with our usual selection of ne ... More >>
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 >>
Thank God all the humorless New Yorkers have left for the Hamptons. For a few more blissful weeks, Gotham is the exclusive preserve of mockable tourists, tragic hipsters on Tecate benders, and that special breed of clown pirates called "comedians." Funny runs through this town like storm runoff in A ... More >>
These are extraordinary times in New York: two politicians with penis problems are sword-fighting for high office, Derek Jeter just declared immortality, and Jay-Z is in a public slanging match with Harry Belafonte. Why are you not out there, hearing some jokes GUARANTEED to crush in the break-room? ... More >>
The dog days of summer are here. And admit it: you can't stand the thought of another outdoor concert, where you pretend to enjoy three art school dropouts indulge their irony-free love of noodling. Change it up, save your money, and go see some comedy in some of New York's finest air-conditioned ve ... More >>
New York is the comedy capital of the universe (sorry not sorry L.A.), but finding funny outside the industrial comedy club complex isn't always easy. We're doing the work so you don't have to. Here are the five best nights of laughs in the five boroughs this week: local, sustainable, farm-to-table, ... More >>