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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 boy, we’re in the champagne seats. Here are your best bets for low-dollar, high-return comedy entertainment this week.
Monday, September 16th
Spike Hill , 7:30 p.m. Free.
Not completely down with the Monday Night Football cult? Hang out with the funny indoor kids, with this board game-based stand up comedy show. Hosts Kyle Ayers and Will Winner goof it up with a unique game each week, with comedians performing between rounds. Robert Dean headlines, along with Scott Nossen, Evan Williams and Will Miles.
Baby Grand, 8 p.m. Free.
Nothing cures a case of the Mondays like sugar. Let host Brian Frange ply you with free candy (in a non-creepy way) as he brings up musicians and comedians to delight all you click-clapping Soho sophisti-cats. Adam Conover of VH1’s Best Week Ever features, with Tim Dillon, Laura Prangley and others. Bluegrass band Ibex bring their down-home pickin’ downtown too.
Tuesday, September 17th
Freddy’s Bar and Backroom, 9 p.m. Free.
Bullsh*t History is a game show where anyone can get up and competitively bullshit about actual, little-known historical events. Each round the audience gets to vote on who they think is the closest and the furthest away from the truth. The best bullsh*tters will be awarded $1 bills, optional love and career advice, and the admiration of an adoring crowd.
Wednesday, September 18th
Klimat Lounge, 8 p.m. Free (one drink minimum)
Take your pick: class it up at hip Eastern-European bar Klimat Lounge, or clown around in the cellar with comedians. A never-fail lineup of Letterman vets and Montreal stars (Amber Nelson, Chris Distefano and Sean Donnelly) tops a hot perogi of a bill.
200 Orchard, 8 p.m. Free.
Perennial left-coast, left-leaning hippie guys Scott Nossen and Tynan DeLong have bring a brand new comedy showcase to the Lower East Side. Fresh off their “Dudez on Doobz” community college comedy tour, Nossen and DeLong assemble a full deck of clowns to entertain you, headed by Subhah “Hardest Working Woman in Show Business” Agarwhal (see video).
Thursday, September 19th
Cause B Show
Over the Eight, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Do you want to make a donation to charity, laugh a lot, and get some free beer thrown in with the bargain? Cause B features New York City’s top comedians raising money for good causes. This week benefits Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, an all volunteer network of fosterers who work to find homes for dogs from pounds in the rural south. What, is your heart made of steel? Why aren’t you in line for this show already? The hilarious Adam Newman (see video) is also on it, so that should seal the deal right there.
Friday, September 20th
Drama Book Shop, 8 p.m. Free.
Never been to a Brad Howe show? Gosh, you’re in for a treat. The man is a living, breathing tribute to small town America, and his one-man show is chock full of the kooks and characters that make Ditchburg just the swellest place to be. It is his dream to one day perform at an American Legion in New Hampshire. So if you’re a fan of apple cider, high school sports, Yankee Candles and flavored coffee, there’s only one place to be this Friday. Imagine a young, North-East version of Garrison Keillor who’s actually funny, and you have an idea of what to expect.
Saturday, September 21st
What I Did For Love
UCBeast, 10 p.m. $10.
The UCB’s top improvisers interview an audience member about their love life, and then spin their stories of romantic love and loss into a fully improvised, never-to-be-seen again show. Performers include Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock writer), Zhubin Parang (Daily Show writer) and the hilarious Jamison Guest.
Sunday, September 22nd
Sunday Night Stand Up
Three of Cups, 8 p.m. Free.
The explosive Seaton Smith headlines this downtown Sunday show staple, backed up by Neal Stastny and Jayson Cross.
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