Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 2/19 - 2/25
This snow business is officially out of control. Everyone is slipping on slush, cancelling plans, and even worse: running out of snow-related workplace banter. We've had so much bad weather, even the office cut-up is running out of precipitation material. You need to feed the beast. Get out there into Gotham's comedy scene and learn to laugh again. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Nikki Glaser is at The Stand this Tuesday for their Northern Discomfort show.
Wednesday, February 19
Mid Week Overdose Show
Bar None, 8 p.m. Free.
Do you like frat boys? Of course not. But you'll make an exception for Jared Freid, a sweetly self-loathing product of the Greek system who has decided not to run from who he is anymore, and just embrace his bro-ness. The creator of the successful "Total Frat Move" podcast headlines this East Village show, hosted by Chris Calogero and Josh Potter. Expect verbal hazing and beer bongs.
Thursday, February 20
Gary Busey's One-Man Hamlet
The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $20.
If there was an award for most wonderfully-named show in New York comedy in 2014, this would run away with the victory in a forty point blowout. David Carl had the creative guts to ask himself two questions: "is it possible for a man to perform Hamlet entirely by himself? And what if that man is deranged actor and Hawaiian-shirt enthusiast Gary Busey?" Get your tickets now for what promises to be the second greatest role of Gary's career, just behind his villainous turn in Under Siege.
A Funny Thing Happened
Poco, 7.30 p.m. Free
Nobody can say comedians don't have heart. At this free comedy show, hosts Sooyah Jun, Cassidy Kirch, and Jawann Carmona are raffling off prizes to benefit fellow comic Liza Dye, who was recently hit by a subway train (yikes). She's on the mend, but needs help paying medical bills. Like all benefit shows, this will have a super festive atmosphere and it's all in a good cause. Go if you can.
Friday, February 21
One and One Bar, Doors 7.30 p.m / Show 8 p.m. Free
Did you strike out on Valentine's Day? We have a fix for that. Come to the February edition of the free East Village comedy staple Cranky Pants. You might meet someone nice who is into the same depraved sexual behavior that rendered you single in the first place. Or you could meet Dan Soder, a young comedian with the voice of an old cowboy. He's on the show along with newly minted Seth Myers writer Michelle Wolf, Carolina Hidalgo and Ophira Eisenberg.