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 >>
As a general rule, the worst thing that can happen during a comedy set is realizing you've accidentally stumbled into some kind of hellish Dane Cook/Daniel Tosh marathon. But it could be worse! You could, for example, be sitting in a comedy show around midnight at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Chel ... More >>
Face your fears and laugh at them
As we reported yesterday, rapper Christ Bearer apparently severed his penis and jumped off of his Studio City apartment balcony, in what appears to be a suicide attempt. But despite his affiliation with Wu-Tang Clan, most people -- Wu fans included -- know very little about him. Here's his story: ... More >>
This week In Cheap Laughs, we showcase strange sketch performers, welcome UCB to the city's intellectual establishment, celebrate the Semitic failings of a non-observant Jew, and laud the stars of the internet's hottest anti-slut-shaming podcast. In other words, we do it all. Here are our picks for ... More >>
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'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 >>
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 >>
Can you complete the Del Close Marathon?
Catch Michael Che at UCBT
UCB mocks the year’s worst
The pit offers a new festival
Amy Poehler to discuss how cool she is
A major movie release is a mock must
Calling all improvisers
Reader, do you accept this rose?
On July 16, more than 3,500 New Yorkers converged on Battery Park City, iPods in hand, to take part in the 8th annual MP3 Experiment hosted by Improv Everywhere. Yesterday, we spoke with Improv Everywhere founder, Charlie Todd, about his group of pranksters and this latest experiment, which divided ... More >>
via DNA InfoThere are those who complain that New York City has lost its edge, and then there are those who throw hissy fits over red drapes hanging in a window of an upcoming comedy club because it looks too "bordello"-y. No, this is not a story about Park Slope, where there are actual thing ... More >>
viaAccording to the latest from denizen of all things East Village, blogger EV Grieve, we've learned that the battle over the 'Hot Chicks Room' sign currently at Avenue A at Third Street (designating the new home of the Upright Citizens Brigade; it's a nod to the skit after the jump) has ende ... More >>
Good thing the FCC doesnt regulate sketch comedy
Get out those jazz hands
The British comedians are coming
A Gonzo collective enjoys nudity, Jack Daniel's, incest
The star of Paper Heart comes to UCBT
Just when you think BP couldn't make enough of a mess of this world, the energy giant has yet again found themselves the makers of a tragic, terrible mess, the cleanup of which will inevitably be painful at best, and devastating at worst: There is coffee on a conference room table.
LolLost The fated day is almost upon us: This Sunday is the series finale of ABC's beloved tropical clusterfuck, Lost. If you've yet to find your ideal finale viewing party bar, now is probably the time to figure it out. Do you prefer island-appropriate mixed drinks? Or perhaps a city-wide scavenge ... More >>
Don your finest L.L. Bean
Laughing for a good cause
Not trying to be a downer, but 2009 kind of sucked ass
Improv's finest bring you a nonstop marathon of laughs
Three days of the best sketch comedy
Even bars get sequels now
UCBT looks back at the worst of 2008
I adore Jews. I feel they've contributed a lot to society, and not just in restaurants and fashion. So when two Jewish ladies named Ronna & Beverly (aka R&B) contacted me to be in their comedy show as an interview subject, I was fa-fucking-klempt. The email from comic Jessica Chaffin went like so: " ... More >>
Alt-comedians celebrate the joy of the up-and-coming (or down-and-out) comedian
New York's faux-corporate holiday soiree hits a few bum notes
The Whitest Kids U Know would maybe like to screw a deer. Welcome to New York sketch-comedy boom time.
An MTV takeover results in better bands, random absurdity, and . . . videos
Fringe Festival roundup: Gay penguins, fart jokes, Oingo Boingo, macramé, and more
The newsroom mockumentary that dares to ask, 'How big are your testicles?'
Drinks with stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari
A festival sets out to make musical theater seem hip again