Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie and Alt Comedy This Week

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A whole week of this guy! (Chris Gethard)
Let's be honest: summer isn't funny. Relaxation? Happy folks on beaches? Beautiful people in swimwear, flaunting their lack of body shame? Urgh. Thank God it's officially over and New York comedy fans can get back to what they do best: laughing at human frailty in dimly lit basements. This week we spotlight one of the city's true comedian-punk-weirdo-impressario-icons, Chris Gethard. The public access talk show host uses a week-long residence at The Creek and the Cave to do (surprise, surprise) some weirdly awesome punk-rock clown shit: a completely different show every night for five nights this week.

See also: Comedian Kurt Braunohler Misses You All the Time, New York

Monday, September 2nd


DRINKIN' SODA AND TALKIN' JERSEY WITH CHRIS GETHARD AND TOM SCHARPLING
The Creek and the Cave
7 p.m., free.
Need to unwind after an afternoon spent in hellish post-beach traffic? Join Chris Gethard and Garden State comedy icon Tom Scharpling (host of WFMU radio's tent-pole "Best Show") as they share weird sodas from across the country and answer life's most important question, like why is New Jersey so great, but also so incredibly strange?


Tuesday, September 3rd

Jermaine Fowler - A Shitty Robbery from Adam Wirtz on Vimeo.

PUNDERDOME 3000
Littlefield
Doors 7.30 p.m., Show 8 p.m.
$6 in advance, $7 on the door
Tickets
Join self-proclaimed "Rodney Dangerfield impersonator" and his alleged daughter (Fred and Jo Firestone) for an intense evening of competitive, spontaneous pun-making. Anyone can enter and judges Jason Zinoman (New York Times Comedy Critic) and Jermaine Fowler (MTV) will anoint the evening's best punderkind.

A PUBLIC CRITIQUE OF CHRIS GETHARD BY MIKE BIRBIGLIA
The Creek and the Cave
7 p.m., free
This could get wonderfully ugly... This American Life's Mike Birbiglia will deconstruct all of Chris Gethard's material live on stage and deliver what promises to be a withering critique of his act. Gethard is about to do his first formal standup recording. Ahead of something like that, most artists would want to be at the height of their confidence. Not Gethard. He wants a more successful comedian to dress him down in public. He's that kind of guy.

Wednesday, September 4th

CHRIS GETHARD TAPING
The Creek and the Cave
7 p.m., free
Never have more funny stories of being a loveable loser from New Jersey been told on one night, ever.


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