This week in Cheap Laughs, we have beloved transgender Puerto Ricans, animal tail butt plugs, nipple tassels, special siblings, and a musical based on stand-up comedy. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, July 30th
The Producers Club, 8 p.m. Free.
British comics in L.A. sometimes have it easy. Is your last name Brand? Or Izzard? Come right this way, sir. It’s all green lights for you. Gina Yashere had to muscle her way in, earning herself a Tonight Show credit the old-fashioned way: through hard graft. You’ll be glad she did when you see this show. And if you like her, check her out on the cult UK cartoon Bromwell High: a brilliant, South Park-like take on multicultural London. Joining Gina on her visit from California are twisted character comic Amber Nelson, Staten Island’s lost boy J.F. Harris, and others. All for the low, low price of free? A steal.
Thursday, July 31st
Brooklyn Comedy Festival at The Stand
The Stand, 10 p.m. $5 with code BROOKLYN here.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is coming back for a second triumphant year, and as a warm-up, they’re hosting a little get together at The Stand. Yannis Pappas will do a set. And if you’re not already familiar, seek out his two great character alter-egos: Mr. Panos, Greek owner of The Baby Socrates Diner in Queens, and Maurica, a pre-operative transsexual Puerto Rican. Joining Yannis will be Mark DeMayo, Giulia Rozzi, and a hatful of others.
Friday, August 1st
Blogologues: Welcome To The Jungle
The C.O.W. Theater, 9.30 p.m. $20.
Blogologues is a sketch comedy show featuring scripts culled 100% from the internet and performed word-for-word. Productions center around a theme, and the current show inspiration: animals! They bring to life the Internet’s views on furry cruises, animal tail butt plugs, people who think they’re animals, and much more. If you can’t catch the show tonight, you can go tomorrow too.
Jana and Lauren Presents
The Magnet, 7 p.m. $7.
Jana Schmieding and Lauren Olson host this monthly character showcase, presenting eight badass NYC sketch comedy actors to perform a new original character. It’s consistently fun and weird. Tonight features comics featured at the UCB and on Conan, so give it a spin.
Saturday, August 2nd
HA! The Musical
Stage 72 at The Triad Theatre, 8 p.m. $20 (+ two drink min.)
It’s an idea so good we wonder why no one has done it before. Broadway has given practically every creative subculture the musical theater treatment: punk rock, roller derby, Afrobeat, ’60s doo-wop… why not stand-up comedy? Directed by Darren Katz (currently resident of The Lion King), this show stars accomplished comics Christian Finnegan, Big Jay Oakerson, and Kevin Farley (brother of the late Chris). Created by Emmy-winning producer Michelle Wendt the show wants to be a radical musical-comedy-hybrid exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly side of life in stand-up. It should be something completely unique: shows this ambitious and original doesn’t come along often. It runs tonight through August 7th.
Sunday, August 3rd
Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off
The Kraine Theater, 8 p.m. $10 in advance.
Burlesque collides with stand-up comedy tonight at The Kraine Theater. An all-female line-up of performers will either bare souls or breasts for your amusement. Charla Lauriston (writer on Tina Fey’s upcoming NBC project), Christy Coffey and Ashley Brooke Roberts join dancers Divina Gransparkle, Iris Explosion and Kitten Kent (Girl Detective). It’s going to get real.
Monday, August 4th
The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $10 online.
T.J. Miller is a real-life movie star, and currently the best stand-out performer (in a crowded field) on HBO’s Silicon Valley. He’s also an anarchically brilliant stand-up and improviser. His sister, Morgan Miller, is both of those things too. They’ve decided to improvise together in NYC for a lark, and promise some genuinely hilarious guest drop-ins. And if you’re very good, they promise to share some of the sports car humor their father often sends them via email chain. They’re preforming tonight, and also on the 8th and 16th.
Tom Cowell is a comedian.