This week in Cheap Laughs, we have everything: funny Norwegians, Tinder titillation, boy burlesque, street toughs, secret passwords, cheerleading cancer, and the enduring lure of Quebec. We do it right, baby. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, May 7
Muchmore’s is Williamsburg’s new favorite venue for cluster-fuck, fun-times comedy shows, and Wild At Heart delivers the goods. Tonight, former Totally Biased correspondent Aparna Nancherla stops by, along with hilarious Norwegian Daniel Simonsen, the bear-huggable Frank Liotti, and many more. Kat Toledo hosts.
Thursday, May 8
UCBeast is a great venue for guaranteed funny, no-fail stand-up showcases, and Lasers In The Jungle is no exception. This week, whisky-voiced ex-party animal Dan Soder shows you his stuff, along with the Huffington Post’s Babe Parker and Allison Castillo. Dan Wilbur (author of How Not To Read), Katina Corrao, and comedy polymath Sean Crespo share hosting duties.
It was only a matter of time: the sexual world’s new favorite app just got it’s own parody comedy show. Hosted by Lane Moore (The Onion, VH1) and Matt Powers (AdultSwim.com), Tinder Live is a treasure trove of ridiculous tips, tricks, and swipe etiquette for the discerning online fuck fiend. And if you’re feeling super meta, we recommend you take your Tinder date to the show. It will either go super well, or really, really badly. Either way, it’s a story.
Friday, May 9
New York’s best variety show returns, with a marvelous mixed bag of entertainment for East Village midnight prowlers. Spectacular male burlesque performer Brief Sweat will arouse and intrigue you, as well slinky, seductive burlesque by Delysia LaChatte. There’s storytelling from JiJi Lee, and stand-up comedy from Emmy Blotnick, Maria Heinegg and Andy Sandford. Jeff Simmermon hosts the wildness, fresh from touring the show in Virginia and Tennessee. Sharing New York’s ultra-talented weirdos with the rest of the nation? That’s doing the Lord’s work.
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free (donations encouraged).
The Wildcats are an imaginary group of Queens street toughs (J-Dawg, Sweet Baby J and Scooter) who host a comedy show, heckling their invited performers throughout. This month’s outing has a special theme. Beloved comic and great friend of The Creek Ron Krasnow is battling cancer, and this show is set-up as a benefit… for the cancer. That’s right: The Wildcats are on the tumor’s side. So if you like (very) dark comedy and oncology, this is the place to be all night. Donations can also be made here. Saturday, May 10
Stand Up NY Labs, 11 p.m. Free.
Illuminati Party is an oddball blend of secret comedy show and after-party, held every Saturday night. It’s 100% free, provided you know the password. How do you get it? Tweet or Instagram a selfie of yourself doing the internationally recognized sign of The Illumniati (an “OK” gesture over your eye) to @PartyIlluminati. Shy? Well, just this once, the producers let us tell you the password here. But don’t share this with non-dope people, dig? Big name comics from the headliner-laden club downstairs are promised, along with sneak-peak sketch premiers, super cheap drinks and dance-party depravity. We guarantee it’s the most fun you can have on the Upper West Side.
Monday, May 12
Just for Laughs New Faces Showcase
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Free.
There’s one word that makes every young stand-up comic in the city pay attention: “Montreal.” Each year, Just For Laughs holds an extended audition process to select a handful of “new faces” who get to perform at the festival. It’s a big break, and competition is fierce. As long as you’re not in the entertainment industry (all barred from the room), you can see a showcase of 100%, A-game stand-up comedy, from the stars of the future, for free. Not bad for a random Monday.
Tuesday, May 13
Musical sketch group Pop Roulette are the guests of honor at this new monthly comedy show. Hosts Ashley Brooke Roberts and Nick Maritato have stacked the bill with talent for their first outing. Bonnie McFarlane is a 20 year comedy vet with every credit under the sun but still looks 29 (yes, we all hate her). She’s joined by Daily Show writer Matt Koff and the wonderful Anthony DeVito.
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