Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie and Alt Comedy This Week
Fresh new shows. Grisly old shows. Shows supporting animal rescues. A show starring someone whose highest ambition is to play an American Legion Hall in New Hampshire. Yes, folks: Cheap Laughs has it all this week, proving that when it comes to weekly independent New York comedy recommendations, Hoo boy, we're in the champagne seats. Here are your best bets for low-dollar, high-return comedy entertainment this week.
Subhah Agarwal, hardest working woman in show business, performs at Hella Funny on Wednesday
Monday, September 16th
Spike Hill , 7:30 p.m. Free.
Not completely down with the Monday Night Football cult? Hang out with the funny indoor kids, with this board game-based stand up comedy show. Hosts Kyle Ayers and Will Winner goof it up with a unique game each week, with comedians performing between rounds. Robert Dean headlines, along with Scott Nossen, Evan Williams and Will Miles.
Baby Grand, 8 p.m. Free.
Nothing cures a case of the Mondays like sugar. Let host Brian Frange ply you with free candy (in a non-creepy way) as he brings up musicians and comedians to delight all you click-clapping Soho sophisti-cats. Adam Conover of VH1's Best Week Ever features, with Tim Dillon, Laura Prangley and others. Bluegrass band Ibex bring their down-home pickin' downtown too.
Tuesday, September 17th
Freddy's Bar and Backroom, 9 p.m. Free.
Bullsh*t History is a game show where anyone can get up and competitively bullshit about actual, little-known historical events. Each round the audience gets to vote on who they think is the closest and the furthest away from the truth. The best bullsh*tters will be awarded $1 bills, optional love and career advice, and the admiration of an adoring crowd.
Wednesday, September 18th
Klimat Lounge, 8 p.m. Free (one drink minimum)
Take your pick: class it up at hip Eastern-European bar Klimat Lounge, or clown around in the cellar with comedians. A never-fail lineup of Letterman vets and Montreal stars (Amber Nelson, Chris Distefano and Sean Donnelly) tops a hot perogi of a bill.
200 Orchard, 8 p.m. Free.
Perennial left-coast, left-leaning hippie guys Scott Nossen and Tynan DeLong have bring a brand new comedy showcase to the Lower East Side. Fresh off their "Dudez on Doobz" community college comedy tour, Nossen and DeLong assemble a full deck of clowns to entertain you, headed by Subhah "Hardest Working Woman in Show Business" Agarwhal (see video).