Stephen Rannazzisi (That Guy From ‘The League’) Tops This Week’s NYC Indie Comedy


This week in Cheap Laughs, we trade one Adam Newman for two Angelenos (seems like the right exchange rate), learn secrets and fears, and celebrate Luisa Díez’s birthday!

Wednesday, June 17:

Cameo Comedy Night

Cameo Gallery (93 North 6th Street, Brooklyn), 8 p.m., Free

Well, we’re losing another one of the good ones to the bright lights of Hollywood. This time Adam Newman is heading out West, we can only assume lured by a starring role in Wolf Cop 2. But you have a few more chances to catch him before he leaves, including tonight at Cameo Comedy Night.

The Front Room
Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn), 8:30 p.m., Free

It’s comedy producer extraordinaire Luisa Díez’s birthday! And, of course, she’s celebrating with more than just drinks and cake — she’s put together an amazing lineup of comedians for her weekly show, including Last Comic Standing’s Alingon Mitra, NYC favorite Mark Normand, Last Week Tonight’s Josh Gondelman, and powerhouse Liza Treyger.

Thursday, June 18:

Steve Rannazzisi
The Stand (239 Third Avenue), 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., $25

The co-star of The League and avowed “not a redhead” spends most of the year filming in Los Angeles or touring around the country, so this in-town headlining set is a rare treat. Steve’s just a big grown-up stoner, so even bits about his family life are hilarious and relatable to your average childless twentysomething. Just don’t sit in the front row, or you might get put in charge of his kid’s iPad.

Friday, June 19:

The Shame Game
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn), Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $10

This spin on the storyteller show walks that fine line between cringing and cracking up, with host and guests asked to divulge embarrassing secrets onstage. New York’s sweetheart Josh Gondelman is on this edition, and he’s so nice, we can only guess his most shameful secret is that time he didn’t apologize when someone else bumped into him.

You Deserve It
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, Queens), 9:30 p.m., $5

This show ought to be called “Amazing and Underrated!” While Jordan Carlos is familiar to many people, thanks to his stint on Guy Code, the rest of this lineup (Courtney Fearrington, Casey James Salengo, Dan Shaki, and Sara Armour) aren’t household names…yet, but that does keep them budget-friendly. Plus a pre-show happy hour to get you in the mood.

Saturday, June 20:

The Blue Show

Creek and Cave (10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens), Midnight, Free

Aaron Berg is one of the most hilariously raunchy comedians in the city, with many a wild tale from his days as a male stripper and general degenerate. He’s a tamed, sober kitten these days, but that doesn’t stop him from having a great time getting dirty onstage, and now he’s sharing that fun with a group of comedians who don’t normally go in for dick and fart jokes, but who here will give working blue a shot.

Sunday June 21:

What Are You Afraid Of?
Union Hall (702 Union Street, Brooklyn), doors at 7:30 p.m., show: at 8:00 p.m., $7 advance/$10 at the door

Snakes, death, public speaking…and the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire? Mara Wilson leads a group of writers, storytellers, and comedians as they share their deepest, darkest fears and anxieties for your amusement, which is probably everyone’s biggest fear whether they admit it or not.

Monday, June 22:


The Stand, 10 p.m., Free

Don’t let Eleanor Kerrigan’s badass Philly-chick persona and accent fool you: She’s one of the hottest comedians in Los Angeles, regularly touring with Andrew Dice Clay. And you can check her out in NYC for free, along with a stacked lineup of hot locals like Ari Shaffir, Pete Lee, Megan Gailey, and Ben Kronberg.

Tuesday, June 23:


Union Hall, doors at 7:30, show 8 p.m., $10

Joe Zimmerman doesn’t just think about killer stop signs and Googling himself, he thinks Deep Thoughts, man. So he’s collected a group of similarly thoughtful and thought-provoking comedians to perform and then sit down for a (potentially completely awkward) conversation. With Mike Lawrence as one of the featured guests, it may be less Meaning of Life and more DC vs. Marvel.