This week in Cheap Laughs, we have erotic fan fiction, hot blows struck for gay equality, improv marathons, Friday pantheons, World Cup cares, current affairs, and at the end of it all, just a Nice Boy Telling Nice Jokes. Let’s get into it. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, June 25th
Le Poisson Rouge, Doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m. $35.
This ticket ain’t “cheap” per se, but Uncivil Union is the best value in New York entertainment this week, and it helps great causes too. The Broad City ladies will perform, along with brilliant political comic W. Kamau Bell and the road destroyer Nikki Glaser. With music from Mates of State and Wakey!Wakey! and surprise drop-ins promised, it’s shaping up to be a hot show. All proceeds go to two LGBTQ groups equality campaigners The Ally Coalition, and New Alternatives, which helps homeless youth.
Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
Littlefield, 8 p.m. $6-$8.
Nicest man in comedy Jordan Klepper is guest of honor at Scott Rogowsky’s talk show jamboree, telling us what it’s like to become a hot-shot Daily Show correspondent at a time of huge changes in late night NYC TV. Joining him is Girls star Alex Karpovsky, DFA Records founder Jonathan Galkin, and more.
Thursday, June 26th
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction
Union Hall, Doors 7:30 p.m. / show 8 p.m. $10.
Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction is a comedy show (and podcast) held every month at the Nerdist Theater in Los Angeles, created and hosted by Bryan Cook. It’s fairly self-explanatory: each show features 10 comics, writing and performing Erotic Fan Fiction pieces, based on their peccadilloes, fetishes or audience suggestions. A winner is selected by the sexually engorged crowd. By the producers’ own admission (and we quote): “it’s really stupid.”
Friday, June 27th
Heavy Metal Laser Plane
Legion Bar, Doors 7.30 p.m. / show 8 p.m. Free.
This excellent showcase solves Brooklyn’s perennial Friday night problem: “I want to go out, but nothing too crazy.” If that sounds like you, this is your show, dude. West Virginia’s own Jared Logan headlines, fresh from multiple late night TV sets and a Comedy Central Half Hour. The wildly bearded Dan St Germain joins him, alongside hot shit funny ladies Giulia Rozzi and Sabrina Jalees.
The Del Close Marathon
Venues, times and prices vary. See delclosemarathon.com for details
Del Close was a legendary improv performer and teacher (students included Bill Murray, John Belushi, Mike Meyers, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, etc. etc.). He’s the spiritual father of the medium. So each year, the UCB Theater honors his cracked genius with a three day, 24-hour marathon improv festival, across eight venues, with a bazillion shows from new and old (read: famous) members of the making-things-up fraternity. It starts tonight, and ends midnight Sunday.
Sunday, June 29th
Current Events & “I’m From Long Island”
The Magnet Theater, 6 p.m. $5.
John Oliver finds it tough to make jokes about the news on a weekly basis? Well, Jarret Berenstein must think Oliver’s a giant pussy, because he does it on a monthly basis. Why read the news, when you can catch up just once a month in one hilarious show? Like a fine wine, we recommend pairing Jarret’s show with Brain Frange’s great one person sketch show “I’m From Long Island”, which is right after Current Events, at the same venue.
Monday, June 30
Littlefield, Doors: 7:30 p.m. / Show: 8:00 p.m. $5-$8.
Nate Fernald is now blissfully unemployed following the sad cancellation of the great Pete Holmes show, where he wrote and performed sketches. Sadly we can’t see any more of his vicious “Nice Boy Telling Nice Jokes” character on our screens. The good news? We get to see him do midweek shows like this in Brooklyn again. Mike Lawrence, Chris Thayer, and surprise others will join him.
Tuesday, July 1st
The Stand, 8 p.m. $5 with code “village voice” here.
If you’ve been watching the USA surprise the global soccer village in the World Cup, make sure you’re following Judah Friedlander on Twitter. A hardcore fan, his commentary and “World Champion” advice is priceless. He’ll probably do some soccer material tonight too, sharing the bill with Damien Lemon, Janine Brito, and Tom Shillue at this sweet deal of a show.
Tom Cowell is a comedian.