Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy in NYC This Week 8/13 - 8/19

Categories: Comedy

Nate Fridson launches his debut album, Best Guy So Far at Beauty Bar this Sunday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have spacious bars, Allentown stars, game show highs, video lows, festivals, desperation, people murdering on television, and the only party in history where selfies get you in free. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

See also: Don't Make Eye Contact With Doug Stanhope

Wednesday, August 13th

The PIT, 9.30 p.m. $8 or $1 with any student ID.

If you're a student, the PIT theatre is a great spot to stretch your entertainment dollar this month. Tons of shows are just $1 with any valid student ID, including this one, with the plastic face and fizzing brain of absurd character comic Nick Vatterott. Joining him are Broad City vet Katina Corrao and your hosts Griffin Newman and Andrew Tavin. Plus, the PIT bar is one of the most fun spaces for a group hang-out in the entirety of New York comedy. So check it out if you're traumatized by the closet-sized bars that blight comedy clubs in this fair city.

Thursday, August 14th

Week At The Creek: Jim Tews
The Creek and the Cave, 7 p.m. Free.

Jim Tews was just on Last Comic Standing and is a touchingly hilarious comic. Hiding behind those thick Pennsylvania glasses is a lot of heart. He's working out 45 minutes of stand-up as the Creek's artist-in-residence this week (Wednesday through Friday) and he's well worth your time. And if you're a child of divorce, he'll become your favorite new guy who talks about it.

Friday, August 15th

Stand-Up Showdown
The Creek and the Cave, 8 p.m. Free.

Skip the Friday night poseur bar scene and join a bunch of comedians playing dumb games, answering profane quiz questions, and flicking booze-sweat all over the stage. It's the comic game-show that guarantees a good time, or your money back. Conveniently, the show is free.

Saturday, August 16th

Videology, 9 p.m. Free.

Time for another edition of the funniest comedy show in history that takes place in a video store. And thanks to the continued shrinkage of that sector, Comedyology may hold the title forever. Pick of the performers tonight is Gary Vider, the low-energy joke machine who murdered his first ever TV set earlier in the year. Joining him are Nate Fernald, Brad Austin, and other great comics and sketch creators.

Location Info


The Peoples Improv Theater

123 E. 24th St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Creek and the Cave

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

Category: Music

Three of Cups

83 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stand

239 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Spike Hill - CLOSED

184-6 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stand

239 3rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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