Cheap Laughs: The Best Independent Comedy This Week, 2/5 - 2/11

Categories: Comedy

This week in New York comedy is all about rare cuts and odd birds. You have the chance to see both Rory Scovel and The Pajama Men on one of their infrequent trips to the Big Apple. Scovel is one of the big lights in Los Angeles' alt-comedy scene, and New Mexico's Pajama Men are apparently famous everywhere on the planet except New York. Still want more? We have dark and dirty Bushwick laugh-dens, sweet weirdos hosting showcases at UCBeast, and a very special evening of watching 1940s cartoons while drinking free vodka. Don't say we don't spoil you. Here is Cheap Laughs, our pick of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

Wednesday, February 5th

Joe Zimmerman
Union Hall, 8. p.m. $8.

With his sing-song delivery and calm silliness, Joe Zimmerman could be your next favorite New York comic. Tonight he's throwing a show to celebrate the release of his debut comedy album "Smiling At Wolves", surrounding himself with a stellar line-up of local stand-up talent. Dave Hill, Nick Vatterott, and Michelle Wolf are in that wolf pack, and they won't disappoint.

The Guest Room
Tandem Bar, 9 p.m. Free.

This weekly Bushwick show is building momentum, like a hipster's fixed-gear bicycle steaming down Wilson Avenue. Dual headliners Mark Normand and Dan St Germain take the mic in this strange Brooklyn backroom, along with Corinne Fisher (of the charming "Guys We F*cked" podcast). Ronnie Fleming and Bob Palos host.

Thursday, February 6th

Modern Day Philosophers
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.

Open bar vodka drinks, classic Hanna Barbera/Merrie Melodies cartoons, followed by a quality stand-up show? That's a hell of a deal offered by the Creek and the Cave this Thursday. All vodka drinks are free for half an hour before 8pm show time, and you can giggle into your straw at Bugs Bunny's antics on the big screen before the comedians arrive. Our pick of the comics performing is the hilarious Joe Machi, who looks like a demented ventriloquist's dummy come to life.

The Dan + Joe + Charles Show
UCBeast, 10.30 p.m. $5.

This fine alt-comedy showcase moves to its new home at UCBeast, celebrating with a set from gravel-voiced young grouch Dan Soder. The hosts are some of the oddest birds in New York stand-up: Twin Peaks-y everyman Joe Pera, the impish Dan Licata, and tragic middle child Charles Gould.

Location Info


Union Hall

702 Union St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music


153 E. 3rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Creek and the Cave

10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY

Category: Music

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