Cheap Laughs: The Best (Mostly Free) Indie and Alt Comedy This Week

Categories: Comedy

Calise Hawkins performs at Heavy Metal Laser Plane this Wednesday
This week in New York city comedy is packed with heavy hitters, real deals, and genuine articles. From rapid-fire topical jokes at The Magnet to drunken literary critiques in a community bookstore, the city's funny people are bringing the goods in all manner of weird and wonderful shows. And best of all? Every show we list is either free, or leaves enough change from a ten-spot for a slice of pizza. And you deserve that pizza. Here's our round up of the best in independent clowning this week.

Monday, September 23

Niagara Bar, 8 p.m. Free.
Stevedore-lookalike Sean Donnelly headlines this weekly showcase that always guarantees laughs. Just last month, Donnelly donned a sweet suit and tie for his first Letterman appearance, which became disheveled approximately five seconds into his set. In doing so, he may have become the only comedian in network history to have their necktie adjusted by Dave on live television. The hilarious Jermaine Fowler, Alex Koll, Matt Wayne and Merrill Davis are on deck too.

Tuesday, September 24

Public Funny
Over the Eight, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Montreal Comedy Festival vet Anthony DeVito headlines this cozy Williamsburg venue that's fast becoming a sweet spot for live comedy. The $2 tacos don't hurt none, neither. Evan Williams, the laconic Brad Austin and sharp joke-writer Lauren Vino round out the bill.

Dan + Joe + Charles' Show
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.
Three of the weirdest cats in alternative comedy--Dan Licata, Joe Pera, and Charles Gould--host this oddball variety show with an unpredictable whiff of chaos. On any given week you could get dance troupes, short films, original one-act plays, or musical strangeness. This week, musical dynamos Reformed Whores, operatic standup Matteo Lane join Jo Firestone, and Mike Brown for fun and danger. Also, look out for semi-regular guest Keyboard Cathy, known for her sushi-inspired music.

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