Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie and Alt Comedy Shows This Week 11/20 - 11/26
The two brassy broads of Broad City - Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer - are at UCB Chelsea this Wednesday
This week in independent NYC comedy has literally everything: young upstarts, grizzled veterans, pole-dancing ladies, podium-gripping men, and a very special show inspired by the works of Billy Joel. If you're not enjoying quality comedy entertainment for just a few bucks this week, well, we're disappointed. You've let us down, you've let yourself down, but most importantly... you've let The Piano Man down. Here are our picks for the best independent/alt comedy shows over the next seven days.
Wednesday, November 20
Broad City Live
UCB Chelsea, 8 p.m. $5.
Now's a good time to catch the live version of cult web series Broad City before everyone yaks about their TV show next year. Produced by Amy Poehler, the show follows young female idiots Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as they screw up around New York City, and should air on Comedy Central in early 2014. See them now, so you can brag insufferably about "the live show being better" later!
Thursday, November 21
The PIT (Peoples Improv Theatre), 9.30 p.m. $10.
One of many heads in MTV's all-conquering 90's comedy Hydra The State, Kevin Allison has made a name for himself at the raunchier end of comic storytelling. RISK! is a live show and podcast "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." So expect a lot of sex, death and poop stories (i.e. good ones). Tonight's raconteurs are Blaise Allysen Kearsley, Alex Edelman, Slash Coleman and Joel Kim Booster.
Sketches From An Italian Restaurant: A Billy Joel Sketch Show
UCB Chelsea, 8 p.m. $5
The premise of this show is that Billy Joel is the greatest recording artist of all time, which is a longer way of saying it's based in truth. Comedians Dru Johnston and Don Fanelli bring you a sketch experience inspired by this god of a man and his tremendous songs. There's singing, there's dancing, and by golly there's a PowerPoint presentation! Look for a tiny moment when one character, very briefly, maybe plays a piano.
Saturday, November 23
Schtick a Pole In It
R Bar, 8 p.m. $15. (tickets here)
The bro-mance between comedy and indie bands is over: make way for the torrid affair between stand-up and pole dancing. Schtick a Pole In It presents hilarious comedians like Chappelle Show's Christian Finnegan and young killers George Gordon and Greg Stone, alongside crazy hot pole pros. The theme for this month's show is Rock-vember, and dancers will be performing to classic rock and metal. The comedians will be trying to sleep with them. Free giveaways of Hacienda Vieja Tequila all night will soothe the pain of striking out.
307 W. 26th St., New York, NY