Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 5/14 - 5/21

Categories: Comedy

Rachel Feinstein will be at People's Lounge Thursday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have television's finest improvisers, live dubbed sitcoms, Freudian drama, black talent, white talent, and a literal trip to comedy hell. Wear breathable fabrics, because it's going to be a hot one. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

Wednesday, May 14

John and Scott
UCB Chelsea, 9.30 p.m. $5.

They were arguably the two finest character actors in 30 Rock. So it's no coincidence that Scott Adsit and John Lutz are, arguably the two finest improvisers working in New York today. See for yourself tonight, one of the sporadic occasions when they perform an hour of unfailingly brilliant shit they just made up, guided by the more patient, character-focused method of improvisation favored in Chicago, where they trained. It's so good, it must be seen to be believed.

Thursday, May 15

Live Dubbed Sitcoms
Videology, 8.30 p.m. $5.

This is an all-new show where notable New York City improvisers live-dub muted episodes of well-known sitcoms to create entirely new story lines on the spot. Anything could happen: Full House could become film noir. Friends might morph into a tense political thriller. According to Jim may become watchable. Host Jo Firestone will ensure that, for once, you have no idea how a sitcom episode is going to end.

Hotter Than Freud's Mom
People's Lounge, 8 p.m. Free.

Getting off work in the LES and don't want to go home yet? This comedy show with the dirtiest name in town isn't your home, and it's pretty great to boot. Hosts Paul Oddo and Ray DeVito bring fine stand-ups Rachel Feinstein, Nick Turner and Jeff Simmermon to a room well-lubricated with happy hour drink prices.

Friday, May 16

Cranky Pants
One and One, 7.30 p.m. Free.

The remarkable rise of Michael Che shows few signs of slowing, as he caps a meteoric three-year arc from Letterman appearance, to SNL writer and now the Daily Show's newest correspondent. Catch him here, absolutely for free, alongside new TDS colleague Matt Koff, the brilliant Carmen Lynch, the North-West's hilarious Owen Straw, and others.

Location Info


Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

307 W. 26th St., New York, NY

Category: General


308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

One and One

76 E. 1st St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stand

239 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


622 Degraw St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Bell House

149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stand

239 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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

Category: General

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