This week in Cheap Laughs, we have pendulous breasts, primo dong, recycled bars, zines, rock vomit, and (gasp) actual fun in the Theater District. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, July 2nd
The Bell House, doors 7 p.m. / show: 8 p.m. $5.
Would you like to do more reading? Then we humbly recommend the wonderfully titled “Pendulous Breasts Quarterly“, a humor zine featuring writers from The Onion, Colbert, Adult Swim, and every other funny place. Tonight they’re throwing a bash to promote their second issue, subtitled “Madame Bainbridge’s Compendium Of Primo Dong (Abridged)”. Reggie Watts, Nick Turner, Joe Pera and many others will perform. And you will probably laugh extremely hard.
Producer’s Club, 8 p.m. Free.
Nikki Glaser and Tony Deyo are two of the tightest joke-writers in the business, and you can see them both tonight for the grand total of bubkis dollars and zip cents. This Theater District showcase features a blend of TV-blooded veteran comics and newer, hungrier performers. And in our opinion, it’s a boatload more fun than any Broadway show. But be our guest: if you want to pay $120 to watch an emotionally unstable narcissist cry unconvincingly, by all means attend a play.
I Don’t Get It
ReVision Lounge, 8 p.m. Free.
This bar is getting a rep as a hidden spot for cool comedy, with open mics and shows sprouting in its back room like alfafa. The bar is an art installation unto itself, made entirely of recycled and repurposed materials (check out that sweet Cadillac DJ booth). And it hosts a hell of a line-up tonight. Nick Vatterott, Ben Kronberg and Doug Smith are among the talent, joined by the lovely improvizers JewNoir.
Thursday, July 3rd
The Dan + Joe + Charles Show
UCBeast, 10.30 p.m. $5.
Three of the fastest rising alternative comics in the city host this festival of oddity every week at UCBeast. Semitic dreamboat Charles Gould, web series phenom Joe Pera and punk rock’s own Dan Licata (ask about his comedy zine — it’s incredible) present a rolling cast of weirdo comics. Tonight, patron saint of Northeast corridor disaffection Chris Gethard joins Zack Pearlman, Kenji Lee, and more.
Saturday, July 5th
Those About To Mock
The Creek and the Cave, 11.59 p.m. Free.
We don’t quite know what this is. But it’s probably going to be fun. Eli Sairs is organizing his own Musical Comedy Concert (think Altamont with jokes). You’ll see messed up songs, nasty jokes, and weird ass characters. You’ll probably OD on anarchy and choke to death on someone else’s vomit. Could there be a more perfect way to end a delightful Saturday night?
Sunday, July 6th
The Stand, 8 p.m. $15
(two for one tickets with promo code HOTDOGS here.)
This might be the best value show in town this week. Kurt Metzger is on brutal form in the run up to the release of his latest Comedy Central Special (White Precious). And he’s joined here by new Daily Show hire Michael Che, the viciously funny Dov Davidoff, Missy Baker, and a host of others. Could be a decent date spot, as long as your date is cool and can hang with Kurt Metzger’s wonderfully awful jokes about autism.
Monday, July 7th
Mike Birbiglia: Working It Out
Union Hall, Doors 6.30 p.m / Show 7 p.m. $20.
Comedian, filmmaker and public radio totem Mike Birbiglia is swinging through Brooklyn to work out material and shape up for his next long-form piece. He’ll tell some stories, takes requests, and welcome a guest or two for a very informal evening of comedy. As he has informed us, “do not wear a tux.” Twenty dollars is not exactly a cheap ticket, but it’s good value: he’s north of $50 on the road.
Tuesday, July 8th
Alice’s Arbor, doors 9.30 p.m. / show 10 p.m. Free.
It feels like a golden age for New York comedy. Fun little shows are popping up all over town, in wonderful venues. Delicious farm-to-table restaurant Alice’s Arbor in Bed-Stuy is getting in on the act, with TJ Young (Beards of Comedy) hosting a new monthly showcase. Local comics Phoebe Robinson, Noah Gardenswartz and Brad Austin pair well with the affordable gourmet food. And the happy prices will ensure you can get tipsy for a reasonable charge.
Tom Cowell is a comedian.