Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie and Alt Comedy This Week
Don't say we never spoil you. This week we have a comedy show entirely based around Saved By the Bell, a deaf stand-up set relayed through ASL, and the comic cream of England's Cambridge University swinging through town with deeply intellectual dick jokes. Combine that with our usual selection of never-fail improvisers, up-and-coming stand-ups, and a variety show run by a drug fiend sex-addict? We call that a pretty funny week.
Twitter star Michelle Wolf performs at Coyote Average this Saturday.
Monday, September 9
UCB Chelsea, 8 p.m. $5.
Back in the old country ... long before UCB, SNL, or even Second City ... there was the Footlights. Cambridge University's venerable comedy troupe has produced a vast quantity of UK comedy talent: half of Monty Python, Hugh Laurie, Sacha Baron Cohen... the list is endless. The Footlights are celebrating their 130th anniversary with a transatlantic tour, so catch them in Chelsea while they pass through. They are fresh from a month in Edinburgh, so they should be sharp as tacks.
The Creek and the Cave, 9:30 p.m. Free.
Admit it: you've dreamed about comedians doing live stage readings of popular Saved By The Bell episodes, where each cast member gets a 3 minute Zack Morris style "time out" to talk directly to the audience, and then all perform a fan fiction "bonus scene." Well, dream no more. It's real.
The Big Weird Patio Show
Canal Bar, 8 p.m. Free.
This bijou neighborhood comedy show has got it all: big stuff, weird stuff, patios, planned things, unplanned things, surprises, bits, free popcorn, stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, tiki torches, probably a joke about a cat, and everything in between. Hosted by Ryan Beck and Casey James Salengo.
Tuesday, September 10
The Tony Show
UCBeast, 9:30 p.m. $5.
New York improv legend Anthony Atamanuik brings dangerous energy to this variety show, like a downed power line sparking across wet tarmac. Guests include MTV Girl Code's Alice Wetterlund, G4TV's Rob Stern and Harold Night stalwart Terry Withers.
Wednesday, September 11
The Brothers Hines
UCBeast, 9 p.m. $5.
Often, improv can be a gamble. Not with the Brothers Hines. This isn't gambling. This is going to a laugh casino with Rain Man. You win every damn time. Brothers Kevin and Will are two of the funniest people you will ever see make stuff up live on stage, and are well worth 10 hours of your time. Sadly, this evening, they only get one.