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, and absolutely free.
Monday, July 15th
Kyle Ayers and Will Winner host this board game-themed standup show featuring Conan and Leno-credited Barry Rothbart, delightful weirdo Phil Hanley and the UCB’s Amber Nelson. Held the third Monday of every month.
Tuesday, July 16th
“The Bohemian Love Diaries” Book Launch
The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge
Slash Coleman is about to drive across America apologizing to all his ex-girlfriends. And he’s written a memoir about everything leading up to it. Join this NPR and PBS regular as he launches the book, joined by hands down the most eclectic bill in comedy this week: opera schtick merchants the Donovan Ensemble, Cult-Indie-Anti-Folk-Pop-Singer-Songwriter Ari Namremag, and Hassidic outcast Mo Gelber (with blowup girlfriend Riva).
Wednesday, July 17th
Christian Finnegan at The Creek
Creek & Cave
Christian Finnegan is the type of headliner who would cost you $30 and a mandatory plate of chicken wings to see at a traditional club, but you can see him for free all week starting today at alt-comedy hub The Creek and The Cave in Long Island City.
Thursday, July 18th
Big Ups at Little Skips
Coffee/sandwich shop by day, Little Skips is nestled in a gritty little corner of Bushwick. This weekly standup show has a secret/Speakeasy feel, with up-and-comers bringing their A-game. A lot of funny in a small room. There’s cheap beer for sale, or you can bring your own.
Friday, July 19th
Cranky Pants Comedy Hour
One and One
The best weekend laughter deal in Manhattan, Cranky Pants is picking up speed after 18 months of strong showcases. Comedy Bang! Bang! and Children’s Hospital chameleon James Adomian headlines, with scene regulars Sam Morril, Jeff Wesselschmidt and Peggy O’Leary. Ben Conrad and Lucas Connolly host.
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