Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week 8/6 – 8/12/2014


This week in Cheap Laughs, we have sweaty bistro boobs, Latino alternative comedy, first timers, foster children, Bushwick blowouts, Atlanta block parties, live TV, a Private Dick comedian, and the inimitable Gary Gulman. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

See also: Exclusive: Comedian Gary Gulman Announces Late-Night Milestone, Fall Tour, New Special

Wednesday, August 6th

FADA Comedy
FADA Bistro, 8 p.m. Free.

Last Comic Standing alumna Yamaneika Saunders brings her angry Maryland attitude to cultured French bistro FADA tonight. If no one has ever lectured Brooklyn diners on the perils of talc-ing underneath your sweaty breasts before, it’ll happen tonight. Joining her are two break-out starts of MTV’s Guy Code Andrew Schulz and Dan Soder, plus a bunch more talented stand-ups. Bring a date. After the show, head down the block to old-school Williamsburg dive The Abbey and drink a few too many. If you can’t get laid after that double-bill, shower more.

Wild At Heart: The Agosto Show
Muchmore’s, 9 p.m. Free.

Also in Williamsburg tonight is that rarest of things: a Latino alt-comedy show. That’s right: every single performer onstage will be just that, Latino. No need to dust off those Rosetta Stone CDs: the show will all be in English. Performing will be the brilliant Carmen Lynch, the hilarious Alexis Guerreros, and a host of others.

Thursday, August 7th

Pacific Stand-up
Pacific Standard, 8 p.m. Free.

Inside Amy Schumer writer Jessi Klein is the dark heart behind a lot of the weirder, and disturbingly funny sketches on Schumer’s show. Joining her on this show is the co-host of the crazy successful podcast Tuesdays With Stories, anxious buddha Joe List. It’s the first edition of this brand new comedy show, so there’s sure to be a good crowd, and that nice nervous energy you get from doing something for the first time.

A Funny Thing Happened
Poco Bar, 8 p.m. Free.

In the newer stand-up class, there may be no one better at talking about dark stuff than Monroe Martin. “blessed” of parents with serious legal and substance problems, Martin grew up in foster care, but still manages to make all of that crappiness funny. He was very unlucky to leave Last Comic Standing early (the judges loved him and “joke-off” rival Joe Machi so much, they had them both come back to do additional material. Martin will be at this weekly powerhouse show in Alphabet City tonight, along with Nore Davis, Mark Normand, raffle prizes, and $5 margaritas all night.

Friday, August 8th

Live From Outer Space
The Cobra Club, 9 p.m. Free.

The Cobra Club could be the best place to see live comedy in Bushwick. Low ceiling, dedicated back room, that signature red curtain… pair that with cheap drinks and a 30 second walk from the Jefferson L, and you have a good time. West Virginia’s Jared Logan appears tonight, along with KC Arora and Michelle Wolf.

Saturday, August 9th

Freaknik: The Anniversary Show
The Creek and the Cave, 10 p.m. Free.

Back in the day, Atlanta experienced an annual event called “Freaknik”that was basically the largest black spring break party in the country. The party became so big the city shut it down for good in 1996, but ATL comedians Andy Sandford, Noah Gardenswartz, and Steve Forrest want to revive a little of the spirit at the Creek and the Cave. This is their one-year anniversary show, so Jon Laster, Joyelle Nicole Johnson, Joe Zimmerman (and more) are going to help them celebrate.

TV: Live!
This Theater, 8 p.m. $5.

Nothing is more exciting than live television. You might see a news anchor sneeze or a politician be racist before his campaign cuts the feed. Until now, you could only see these moments in your living room. But TV: Live! Solves that problem. It dispenses with the “middle man” of the television studio, and delivers all the glitz and glamor of the small screen without the hassle of cameras, ratings, quality or celebrities. It’s experimental, it’s weird, and it’s one-night only. In other words, it’s exactly why you live here. Zach Broussard, Nick Maritato and Steve O’Brien are your guides. Follow them into the screen.

Monday, August 11th

Desperation Tonight with Pat Dixon
Carolines, 7.30 p.m. $5 here with discount code “party.”

New York’s legacy comedy clubs are trying hard these days to woo a younger, thriftier crowd through their doors, and you (dear reader) are the big winner. Carolines is the latest club name to start offering $5 shows, and Pat Dixon is the perfect guy to run a new cult night at a storied venue. Always besuited and laconic, he produces a great podcast dedicated to grisly tales of NYC crime, and runs occasional naked storytelling shows, but he still exudes a rumpled class. If Philip Marlowe was a comic, he’d sound like Dixon. The show features stand-up, stories, a live band, cash prizes, audience interviews, and big drop-ins are always possible (it being Carolines).

Tuesday, August 12th

Northern Discomfort
The Stand, 8 p.m. $5 here with code “villagevoice.”

You won’t see a better stand-up show than this tonight. Period. Gary Gulman is from Boston, has been on all the TV shows, and is hilarious. Nikki Glaser is from St. Louis, had her own TV show, and is hilarious. And they are just the top of the bill. The whole undercard is hilarious too. Ray DeVito and Josh Carter are your hosts.

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