This week in Cheap Laughs, we have improvised stand-up, naked people, semi-secret venues, tribute bands, wolf-boys, a star of The Office, and folks who go deep for an hour and a half. Relax your pelvic floor, everybody: here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, July 16th
Stand Up On The Spot
The Stand, 8 p.m. $15.
This is an exciting show. A big hit in Los Angeles, Stand-Up On the Spot brings the current vogue for improvisation into the stand-up world. Big name perfomers volunteer to throw out their planned material and improvise jokes based entirely on audience suggestions. The line-up this evening is nauseatingly good: Todd Barry (who just did an entire tour of just crowd work), Joe DeRosa, Big Jay Oakerson, and Casey Balsham. Catch one of these early experimental shows, before it inevitably catches on in NYC.
Friday, July 18th
Naked Comedy Show
The Creek and the Cave, 11.45 p.m. Free.
Comedian Abigoliah Schamaun is moving to London, England. On her last night in New York City she is hosting this all-nude comedy show with her favorite colleagues who dare to bare it all. The audience also has the option (but not an obligation) to be as naked as they wish (everything on, everything off, or somewhere in between). All the venue owners request is that no photography or filming takes place, no lewd acts take place (take it home), and that folks re-dress before hanging out in the bar. Trust us: it’s going to get wild.
Saturday, July 19th
Da Half Hour at The Brit Pack
The Brit Pack Theater, 9 p.m.
Two very funny women are performing half hours of stand-up for free, plus tons of free drinks this Saturday. You in? We can’t understand why you wouldn’t be. Sasheer Zamata (SNL) and Charla Lauriston are taking over hip, semi-secret Soho venue The Brit Pack Theater, alongside music from Lynette Williams and Akie Bermiss and host Lukas Kaiser. The show will likely pack out, so to ensure a seat, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “da half hour” plus how many people are in your party.
Only In Dreams: An Evening With The Undone Sweaters
Union Hall, Doors 7.30 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. $5.
The Undone Sweaters bill themselves as “New York’s number one sociophobic Weezer tribute band.” Made up entirely of comedians (Andrew Short, Jim Tews and Reid Faylor), the band is headlining Union Hall this evening, alongside a hand-picked roster of comedy colleagues and video sketches. They’ll cap it off by transporting you right back to 1994, when you first heard The Blue Album and everything made sense.
Sunday, July 20th
Sunday at the Lounge
Three of Cups, 7 p.m. Free.
We think it would be a good idea to cap off your delightful Sunday with a great, low-key happy hour comedy show like this one. Beloved wolf-boy of New York comedy Anthony DeVito will be there, along with Last Comic Standing‘s Tommy Pope, Newark philosopher Alexis Guerreros and L.A.’s Megan Koester.
Monday, July 21st
Ratliff and Woods
UCB Chelsea, 8 p.m. $5.
Zach Woods played Gabe on The Office, and now stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley. Despite his young years, he’s an OG improv legend in New York, and while he’s back in town, is improvising with the equally brilliant Connor Ratliff in a one-night-only kind of deal. You’re also strongly advised to check out Connor’s great series “I’m Too Fragile For This,” which he makes with Cathryn Mudon. It’s fantastic.
Tuesday, July 22nd
Deeperness: Stand-Up Comedy, But Deeper
UCBeast, 9.30 p.m. $5.
We all love a good dick joke. Atlanta comedian Joe Zimmerman is no exception, but also wants to find the funny in the loftier areas of life. So he’s hosting a show for comedians doing exactly the same thing. This is a gig for audiences who dig love, philosophy, psychology, the environment, the economy, global warming, religion, politics, death, the meaning of life, race, history, equal rights, and science… plus maybe one or two dick jokes. Recommended.
List and Friends
The Comic Strip, 8 p.m. $15
It’s a big week for Mark Normand. He’s performing on Conan for the second time Wednesday, his Half Hour special lands on Comedy Central Friday, and first album – Still Got It – was just released yesterday. The Louisiana native loves touchy subjects like race and sexuality, wrapping up super-tight jokes in an irresistible, anachronistic drawl. The guy sounds like a Negro Leagues baseball announcer. And he’s hilarious. Tonight he’s back at the Comic Strip club, hanging out with friend and Tuesdays With Stories podcast co-host Joe List. Should be a hot show.
Tom Cowell is a comedian.