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

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You’re not a joiner. You have nothing in common with those dirty club-juggling hipsters and their Manhattan Bridge flash mob. You like small, dark rooms in the company of other misfit toys, where you laugh at the foibles of man. And you’re in luck, because we’ve picked out the funniest foible-finders working in New York comedy this week.

Monday, August 12th through Saturday


Ted Alexandro
The Creek and The Cave
7 p.m., Free.
One of the smartest, most laser-accurate stand-up comics in New York today. Possibly ever. Ted Alexandro has every TV credit under the sun and just straight up slays. Catch him for free every night this week at the Creek as he works out new jokes.

Monday, August 12th

No Jokes Allowed
The Beauty Bar
8 p.m., Free.
You want weird? We’ll give you weird. Stand up is BANNED at this half-booked, half-open mic show where performers workshop characters, sketches, and bizarre anti-comedy of all stripes. Steven DeSiena and Stephen Whalen host the show that never fails to create “holy shit” moments.

Friday, August 16th


Uncorked Comedy

City Winery
Doors 8 p.m., $5.
Be a little fancy and enjoy comedy at City Winery. There are “Crush Hour” specials ($5 off glasses and $10 off carafes), as SNL Weekend Update contributor Laura Prangley hosts these perfect, self-contained Friday comedy dates. There are only 70 tickets available, so you can reserve in advance here. This week the incredibly funny RG Daniels and Beth Stelling feature.

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Saturday, August 17th


The Afterlife
Union Hall
8 p.m., $5.
Heavy-hitting New York regulars Josh Gondelman, George Gordon and Erin Judge host a hip show where comics contemplate the big questions, like, what happens when we die? And does this joke work? Loveable everyman Sean Donnelly headlines.


Sunday, August 18th


If You Build It
UCB East
8 p.m (prompt), $5
Maybe the best bang/buck tradeoff for comedy showcases in the city. Host Kara Klenk runs a tight ship of tight comics slinging their tight 10-minutes. Hari Kondabolu is the first among equals this Sunday night.

Tom Cowell is a comedian. Follow him on Twitter @mrtomcowell.


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