Free Laughs and Free Cupcakes in This Week’s Cheap Comedy Roundup


This week in Cheap Laughs, we have word lovers, G’n’R covers, Web series discovery, a blessed anniversary, and free cupcakes. Here’s our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

Wednesday, November 19th

Train Wreck
Producers’ Club, 8 p.m. Free.

This midweek, midtown find continues to pump out great shows with fine lineups that belie its $0 cover charge. Wordy weirdo Myq Kaplan and former trash collector Mike Recine could not be more different. Kaplan is obsessed with jokes as matters of linguistic precision, and attracts grammar nerds with bangs. Recine tells jokes with the force of a headbutt and makes his own marinara sauce. Which one will you like better? Whatever the answer, it says a lot about you. Henry Cruz and Keith Fuerstenberg are your hosts.

An Evening With Wayne, Coppock, and Gordon
Union Hall, Doors 7.30 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. $7

Three of the strongest young Brooklyn comics take the stage tonight, all stretching out to half-hour sets. Matt Wayne pops and fizzes with zingers and old-timey goofs, like his whole act is an audition to be your favorite uncle. George Gordon is one of the best out there at killing with cadence and laconic repetition. And Selena Coppock (author, New Rules for Blondes) is the dark horse audiences never see coming: a performer with unexpected tales of booze and G’n’R cover bands lurking behind that “elegant young lady” look.

Thursday, November 20th

High Maintenance
The Bell House, Doors 7.30 p.m. / 8 p.m. $10.

High Maintenance is an exceptionally fine Web series, and if you’re not already a fan, get busy becoming one. Part of the show’s secret is its format “hook”: a friendly, nameless weed dealer (“The Guy”) bicycles around Brooklyn, into the complex lives of needy, tree-craving people from all walks of life. That keeps High Maintenance constantly fresh, while the quality of the writing and performances keeps you riveted. Tonight you can see three fresh episodes from the new second season, plus a Q&A from co-creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld.

Friday, November 21st

Cranky Pants
One and One Bar, 7.30 p.m. Free.

This show is a steal. If you’re complaining about brokeness or boredom this Friday night, punch yourself in the face, because this free show will banish any concerns about both. Cranky celebrates its three-year anniversary tonight, with Louisiana swamp dog Sean Patton headlining. Joining him are the very tall Monroe Martin, suave sicko Amber Nelson, and the sweaty Nick Turner.

Saturday, November 22nd

On the Offensive
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.

If you want shocking, deeply offensive comedy, you’ve come to the right place. Mike Feeney hosts a show sure to test the stomach of even the most ardent First Amendment fan. Comedians perform stand-up, then mercilessly mock an online video chosen at random. There is also free beer with which to choke down any offense you take to the content. Last Comic Standing‘s Keith Alberstadt appears this evening, alongside criminal element Pat Dixon.

Sunday, November 23rd

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HiFi, 8 p.m. Free

Nestled in the back of this East Village booze-hole is a cozy space that’s perfect for Sunday entertainment. Plus hosts Farah Brook and Blair Socci bring free cupcakes for the audience, so you could pretend you’re at Nana’s house (if it wasn’t for all the jokes about anal). Tonight, track-jacket salesman Mark Normand headlines, with the laser-like J.P. McDade, brassy Giulia Rozzi, and crip-walk expert Will Miles.

Monday, November 24th

Brooklyn Stand Up
Knitting Factory, Doors 7.30 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. Free.

Thankfully, the death of Hannibal Buress’s vaunted free shows at Knitting Factory did not mean the death of free laughs at this venue. The fiery Kerry Coddett has stepped up to produce a show that somehow brings MORE swagger and ruckus than its predecessor. Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds co-hosts this high-energy showcase that packs out every time — get there early unless you like a close-up view of the back of a hipster’s head. Tonight the charming Jon Laster, forthright Amanda Seales, and adorable Nathan Macintosh are your pick of a great crop of comics.

Tom Cowell is a comedian.