This week in Cheap Laughs, we have sexual embarrassment, late-show merriment, impersonations, and the most positive human being ever to walk the earth. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Wednesday, October 29th
Awkward Sex and the City
Littlefield, Doors 7.30 / Show 8 p.m. $5.
Hearing tales of sexual failure never gets old. It’s a universal: We’ve all been there. It’s 2 a.m. You’re intoxicated. Your junk stinks, your pride is in ruins, and oh, here come the tears…Tonight’s highlighted performers include Seth Herzog (Lower East Side comedy legend and one of the finest warm-up/crowd-work comics in the business) and Krystyna Hutchinson, who co-hosts the delightful Guys We Fucked podcast. That’s right: Each week, she and a co-host interview…a guy they’ve fucked. Check your boundaries at the door.
Thursday, October 30thRunning Late With Scott Rogowsky
Littlefield, Doors 7.30 / Show 8 p.m. Free.
Scott Rogowsky, Brooklyn’s millennial answer to Johnny Carson, returns this evening with the three-year anniversary of his live talk show. Scott’s guests include twin stand-up comedian team The Lucas Brothers, fresh from their scene-stealing turn in 22 Jump Street. Also present will be the indescribably funny Dale Seever — think an even more delusional version of Neil Hamburger. Joining them is The Onion features editor Joe Garden, and of course, Scott’s cast of regulars: his sidekick (real-life dad Marty Rogowsky) and bandleader (old college pal Matt Buechele). It’s sure to be a festive atmosphere. And by “festive,” we mean drunk.
Friday, October 31st
The Creek and the Cave, 11 p.m. Free.
Comedy is a strange subculture. Like any niche pursuit, it has its own lore, its own slang, and a slew of private jokes. But it’s different from any other “scene,” because it likes to air its dirty laundry in the most public of ways. Tonight is a close-up look at all the streaks and stains. Successful and not-yet-successful comedians gather for what is best described as a “roast with costumes.” Comics impersonate each other and perform short sets “in character” as another person from the comedy community. If you’re in the know, you love it. But even if you’re not, you’ll get a lot of the jokes, and feel closer to this strange breed of people for whom the highest compliment…is a horrible insult.
Saturday, November 1st
UCB Chelsea, 11:59 p.m. $5.
UCB Chelsea’s late-night stand-up showcase is probably the best “third date” spot in town. It’s crazy cheap, the comedians are crazy successful/accomplished, and there are tons of cabs trawling Eighth Avenue to hop into once the show is over. Tonight Nick Vatterott and Ben Kronberg roam the stage, both recipients of coveted Comedy Central Half-Hour specials in the recent past. Plus the show is notorious for big-name drop-ins.
Sunday, November 2nd
Jana and Lauren
The Magnet, 9 p.m. $7.
This monthly character showcase, hosted by Jana Schmieding and Lauren Olson, serves a rotating lineup of NYC’s best comedic actors performing new original characters. It’s weird, surprising, and usually very funny. Tonight Conan performer Christian Paluck joins The Truth Podcast‘s Elana Fishbein and a platter of other goons.
Monday, November 3rd
Frantic!: The One-Year Anniversary Show
The Stand, 10 p.m. Free.
Has it been 52 weeks already? Frantic! is like a comedy speedball, cutting new talent with veteran acts, and it’s been ripping up Monday nights at The Stand for a year now. The show is free to get in, and features a great blend of aggressive newcomers and established players. Brooks Wheelan, Damien Lemon, and Monroe Martin are on deck, so you should attend this evening, if for no other reason than to catch Brody Stevens. This Comedy Central star has raised positive self-talk into the realm of performance art. It’s hypnotic and hilarious. And it’s pretty much a guarantee that for the rest of your week, you will repeat, mantra-like, Brody’s key insights on the world: “Yes! You got it! Push! Positive energy! Feeling good!”
Tom Cowell is a comedian.