Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 4/30 - 5/6
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have daytime talk show legends, charitable causes, lots of gays, lots of pizza, and Jar Jar Binks doing his best Ed McMahon impression. Confused? Don't be. All will be revealed in our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Joy Behar (pictured, kinda) works out new material at the Creek this week.
Wednesday, April 30
The Cause B Show
The Cobra Club, 8 p.m. Free beer with donation.
Comedians aren't all selfish narcissists complaining about minutiae. They help raise money for non-profits... by complaining about minutiae. This monthly series sees comedy introduced by a local campaign group, in this case Arts@Renaissance, a Bushwick arts organization providing a platform where artists and the community can unite to effect grassroots change. You get a free beer for donating whatever you can afford to the cause, and see great stand-up from Jermaine Fowler, Chesley Calloway, and many other funny people. It's the easiest good deed you'll do all week.
The Creek and the Cave, 7 p.m. Free.
Yes, this is real. Comedian, Emmy-winner and former View co-host Joy Behar will be working out her solo show FOR FREE at The Creek and the Cave (a.k.a. The CBGBs of comedy), Wednesday and Thursday. And yes, it's that same Joy Behar who just roasted the living fuck out of Chris Christie and caused a wonderful stink. If you don't think the existence of this show is extremely cool, please stop reading and go back to circle-jerking with everyone else in Lame Town. We know your family think you're wasting your time living in this crazy city. But one mention that you attended this show will give you superstar status and beautifully formed anecdotes for next Thanksgiving. The wonderful Tom Shillue will open, so it's a double treat.
Thursday, May 1
The Laughing Devil, 8 p.m. $5.
Attention all queers and the straights who love them: Joel Kim Booster hosts a new monthly show featuring hot New York comics. Some of them are gay, some of them are straight and some of them are just real curious after a few Mai Tais. But all of them will be funny. Brain Frange, Amber Nelson, and Julio Torres are among the talent on display.
Big Ups at Little Skips
Little Skips, 9 p.m. $5 (with a free cold one).
All Bushwick residents should know about this semi-secret weekly show that breaks out after closing time at a coffee shop. The line-ups are routinely great, with the occasional big name drop-in sprinkling a little magic on the stage. If you want your weekly joke fix without schlepping for miles, put this gig in your regular Thursday night plans.
Friday, May 2
Brooklyn Comedy Festival: A Night In the City
SubCulture, 10 p.m. $12 here.
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival is moving into its second triumphant year, and wants to build up some buzz ahead of all the fun in August. So Brooklyn is having a night in the city, starring the hilarious Sheng Wang, Kevin Barnett and Nimesh Patel. All proceeds will go towards making an incredible festival in the late summer. So it's practically a charitable donation. Brag to your accountant and go have fun.