Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week, 6/4 - 6/10
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have fancy special tapings, a late night TV staff doing improv, nerdy comics, swag comics, a royal baby pig, a tight five on autism, and dick jokes sold with love in the world's most important gay bar. It's a hot week. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy for the next seven days.
John Lutz improvises with his fellow Seth Meyers writers at UCB Chelsea this Thursday
Wednesday, June 4th
The Awooga Comedy Hour
The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $8.
The swaggery Kevin Barnett is a good-looking MTV poster boy and very talented comic, and you can see him do his stuff this week at Awooga, a fun monthly show that just went weekly. Joining him are the hilarious Sean Crespo, and the cat-like brilliance of Anthony Devito. Stand-up comedy is representing at the improv theaters, baby. Long may it continue.
Producers Club, 8 p.m. Free.
Myq Kaplan is a certain kind of person's favorite comedian of all time. The proud owner of a degree in linguistics, Kaplan writes jokes stuffed with word play, weird math, and absurd leaps of logic. If you wear glasses, own a vegan cookbook and consider yourself an indoor kid -- you'll love the guy. And if you don't, you'll probably still like him a whole lot. Joining him on this show are the irrepressible Nick Turner, Liz Miele, and others.
Taping Night: Pepitone and Braunger
The Bell House, 8 p.m for Eddie Pepitone ($10) / 10.15 for Matt Braunger (Free).
If you've never been to a stand-up comedy special taping, start with this one. The Bell House hosts two tapings tonight: first with the Bitter Buddha himself, Eddie Pepitone (read our Q&A with him here), and second with Portland (via L.A.) goofball Matt Braunger. If you stay the whole night (for both tapings) you won't only see these two amazing talents, but sets from Colin Quinn, Sean Patton and a host of other great comics.
Thursday, June 5th
Seth Meyers Writers Present: Late Night Snack
UCB Chelsea, 9.30 p.m. $5.
Seth Meyers' poached most of his writing talent from the UCB's deep pool of performers and producers. So it's no surprise that his writers room contains some of the funniest improvisers around. And that's what they're doing tonight: hanging out for one night only, and making up a show. In particular, look out for Peter Grosz (yeah, that guy from the Sonic commercials) and 30 Rock's John Lutz.
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