Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 2/19 – 2/25


This snow business is officially out of control. Everyone is slipping on slush, cancelling plans, and even worse: running out of snow-related workplace banter. We’ve had so much bad weather, even the office cut-up is running out of precipitation material. You need to feed the beast. Get out there into Gotham’s comedy scene and learn to laugh again. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

Wednesday, February 19

Mid Week Overdose Show

Bar None, 8 p.m. Free.

Do you like frat boys? Of course not. But you’ll make an exception for Jared Freid, a sweetly self-loathing product of the Greek system who has decided not to run from who he is anymore, and just embrace his bro-ness. The creator of the successful “Total Frat Move” podcast headlines this East Village show, hosted by Chris Calogero and Josh Potter. Expect verbal hazing and beer bongs.

Thursday, February 20

Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet

The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $20.

If there was an award for most wonderfully-named show in New York comedy in 2014, this would run away with the victory in a forty point blowout. David Carl had the creative guts to ask himself two questions: “is it possible for a man to perform Hamlet entirely by himself? And what if that man is deranged actor and Hawaiian-shirt enthusiast Gary Busey?” Get your tickets now for what promises to be the second greatest role of Gary’s career, just behind his villainous turn in Under Siege.

A Funny Thing Happened
Poco, 7.30 p.m. Free

Nobody can say comedians don’t have heart. At this free comedy show, hosts Sooyah Jun, Cassidy Kirch, and Jawann Carmona are raffling off prizes to benefit fellow comic Liza Dye, who was recently hit by a subway train (yikes). She’s on the mend, but needs help paying medical bills. Like all benefit shows, this will have a super festive atmosphere and it’s all in a good cause. Go if you can.

Friday, February 21

Cranky Pants
One and One Bar, Doors 7.30 p.m / Show 8 p.m. Free

Did you strike out on Valentine’s Day? We have a fix for that. Come to the February edition of the free East Village comedy staple Cranky Pants. You might meet someone nice who is into the same depraved sexual behavior that rendered you single in the first place. Or you could meet Dan Soder, a young comedian with the voice of an old cowboy. He’s on the show along with newly minted Seth Myers writer Michelle Wolf, Carolina Hidalgo and Ophira Eisenberg.

Saturday, February 22

Schtick a Pole In It….Leather & Lace Edition
R Bar, Doors 7.30 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. $15.

The producers of this show have really cornered the market in “stand-up comedy shows combined with extremely hot pole-dancing.” This week, MTV’s breakout bro star Chris Distefano headlines amid all the sweaty butt-cheeks and whipping ponytails, along with Shelley Hamilton and special guests. Free giveaways of Hacienda Vieja Tequila will ensure everyone makes bad decisions.

Sunday, February 23

End of an Era
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.

Here’s the premise: famed 1920s vaudeville performers Daniel J Perafan and John Field Hohensee host the last shows of their careers, featuring the best young comics from NYC and beyond. There will be frills, chills and FREE Tecate beers for audience members who get there early. The show features the prodigious talents of Myka Fox, Subhah Agarwal, Steven DeSiena and Steve Whalen.

Monday, February 24

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac
Littlefield, Doors 7:30 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m. $5-$8.

Daily Show alumnus Wyatt Cenac hosts one of the classiest comedy shows in Brooklyn, and this is one is no exception. The bird-like brilliance of Carmen Lynch tells fine jokes alongside Solomon Georgio, Calise Hawkins, and Justin Williams. Dollar for dollar, this may be the best value show in the city this week.

Tuesday, February 25

Northern Discomfort
The Stand, Doors: 7:30 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m. $5 (with coupon code “Northern” @

This is a real murderer’s row of a line-up. New York veteran Ted Alexandro just released his new album I Did It and is riding the wave right now. Nikki Glaser is crushing it on the road and at MTV with her show Nikki and Sara Live. Rachel Feinstein’s album “Thug Tears” is fantastic, and Janeane Garofalo is… well, a legend. Josh Carter and Ray DeVito host the fun in their new Tuesday night time-slot.

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