This week in New York comedy, we’re all about story. The Creek and the Cave hosts its Rifftown show, highlighting the best off-the-cuff raconteurs in town. Josh Accardo and Kambri Crews deliver one-person shows with professional stand-up chops. And The Moth’s Adam Wade–so adorable, he’s essentially a human kitten with eye-glasses–hosts a showcase of the best storytelling talent in the East Village. And if that’s too all cutesy-poo, there’s pole-dancing too. Yes, for real. Here’s our round-up of the best in independent New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, January 22nd
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.
Rifftown brings New York’s top comedians together and asks them to commit sacrilege: leave all their jokes and set lists at home, and commit to a night of pure riffing. Performers either tell a story they’ve never told anyone, improvise a stand-up set based on an audience suggestion, or rant off the cuff. This month host Carolyn Castiglia welcomes Michelle Buteau (Best Week Ever, Fox’s military sitcom Enlisted), Rob Cantrell (Colbert Report), Frank Liotti (Grand Theft Auto V… yes, really) and a bunch of other funny people.
Thursday, January 23rd
CAP21 Studios, 9 p.m. Free.
Josh Accardo‘s new show is about the stories a man tells himself the night he planned to propose to his girlfriend… but just couldn’t pull the trigger. Expect a lot of drinking, self-questioning (is sex addiction a thing?), and details on how a Hawaiian grandfather and Sicilian father can make you a very confused but entertaining male person.
Friday, January 24th
Kambri Crews: Burn Down the Ground
The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $10.
Author and comic storyteller Kambri Crews shares her story of living in the deep woods of Texas with pot smoking deaf parents, and especially her father, who is currently serving 20 years for attempted murder. Hilarious, right? Well, yes, as it happens. Crews is a gifted raconteur, a veteran of The Moth and Risk! storytelling events, and funny as all hell.
Saturday, January 25th
One year ago, comedians Dan Goodman and Joanna Ross threw a fundraiser for a friend with breast cancer. “Boobs plus jokes” were kind of in their wheelhouse, so they put together a combined comedy show/pole-dancing exhibition. And wouldn’t you know it: combining laughter with hot, athletic women in tight clothing turned out to be a big hit. Tonight is their first anniversary show, and the whole sweaty celebration will be fueled by free giveaways of Hacienda Vieja Tequila.
Sunday, January 26th
If You Build It
UCBeast, 8 p.m. $5.
One of the longest-running and consistently excellent stand-up showcases in the UCB community, If You Build It is a lock for a good time every Sunday night. This week the great Sheng Wang headlines, supported by musical comedy doyennes Reformed Whores, comedy documentarian Scott Moran and This American Life’s Nick Maritato.
Monday, January 27th
Tales of the Cosmos
UCBeast, 8 p.m. $5.
The mega-vulnerable, ultra-sweetheart storyteller (and 17-time Moth StorySLAM winner) Adam Wade hosts this monthly show, featuring some of the best storytellers in the city. Ladies: please do not go to this show if you are currently seeking someone to love. Because Adam Wade will become that person. Sweet, despairingly honest, and just so damned FIXABLE, we assume Wade is the personal project of at least a dozen ultra hot East Village poet-sculptors. Want to get in line behind them? Be our guest.
Tuesday, January 28th
Earthquake headlines a barn-storming show at The Stand tonight. Perhaps the most successful African-American comedian you’ve never heard of, this guy makes millions killing it all over the country. You can see him tonight for less than the price of a deli sandwich. Add New York crusher Andy Hendrickson (Letterman), the world’s “if only” 90’s girlfriend Janeane Garofalo (Hollywood movies), and laconic smartass Jeffrey Joseph (Comedy Central), and you have a hell of a time. Producer Josh Carter hosts, and provided the code above so Cheap Laughs readers can get in for just five bucks. We’re too good to you.
Tom Cowell is a comedian. Follow him on Twitter @mrtomcowell. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with all listing suggestions.