Cheap Laughs: The Best in Indie and Alt Comedy This Week 12/18 - 12/25

Categories: Comedy

Photo courtesy of Aliya Naumoff
Punk queen Kathleen Hanna stops by Employee of the Month at UCB Chelsea this Wednesday.
Consider the phrase "ho ho ho". It denotes festive laughter, but how much will you really laugh this holiday season, given what you're about to endure? Crappy gifts, airports, family racists, "a very special Christmas episode" of every awful show, eggnog, criminal knitware, relatives who just found God, relatives who just found cock (his wife was crushed), tinsel-rash, lying to children, brussels sprouts, gas triggered by brussels sprouts... hardly a big bag of giggles, is it? You deserve some real laughs in your system to survive Christmas. We're here to help. Behold our round-up of the best in independent New York comedy this week.

Wednesday, December 18th

Employee of the Month
UCB Chelsea, 8 p.m. $5

Catie Lazarus hosts this live podcast, interviewing people lucky enough to have the best jobs in the world. It's a Jimmy Fallon meets meets Fresh Air kind of thing. Previous guests include Gloria Steinem and Rachel Maddow. This week, punk rock and Bikini Kill legend Kathleen Hanna swings by to talk about her new Riot Grrrl documentary "The Punk Singer". Also in attendance Tony-nominated actress Maria Dizzia (star of that unforgettable spanking scene in Louie), author and prison reform activist Piper Kerman ("Orange is the New Black") and journalist Jon Ronson ("The Psychopath Test").

Thursday, December 19th

The Fruitcake Holiday Variety Show
The Creek and the Cave, 9.30 p.m. Free

Comedians don't really have an office to throw them an office holiday party, but thankfully, the Creek and the Cave are stepping up. Funny Jews Nick Naney and Eytan Kurland team up with Shabbos goy Bill Stiteler for a free Holiday-themed variety show featuring stand-up from The Daily Show's Matt Koff, music from Buckwheat Groats, and sketches from the cream of New York's young clown community. So if you want to watch up-and-coming comics make boozy holiday mistakes (or perhaps make some with one), this is the show for you.

Friday, December 20th

Big Long Sets
UCBeast, 7.30 p.m. $5

If you're looking for a sure thing, this show is it. Letterman alumnus Adam Newman hosts two deeply funny veteran comics, working out their headlining sets without headliner prices. Paying just $5 to see Sean Patton (Conan, Fallon, Comedy Central) and Rob Cantrell (Marijuana-logues, Last Comic Standing) is ridiculously good value. So go.

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