Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 8/20 - 8/26

Categories: Comedy

Sheng Wang performs on Heavy Metal Laser Plane, at Legion Bar this Wednesday night
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have cake shops, chaotic performance art, gift shows, shift shows, the black Daria, and two triumphant celebrations for the Brooklyn Comedy Festival (all of which has shows you should consider attending here). 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 20th

Caked Up
Cake Shop, 8 p.m. Free

The Lower East Side's hippest rock venue now hosts a weekly stand-up show, and they're booking it with a great mix of heavy hitters and talented newcomers. Brooke Van Poppelen seems to have written on every funny show made in New York over the past five years, Joe Zimmerman is oen of the funniest clean comics out there, and Mark Normand is on a tear of success that may kill him. See them all tonight.

Thursday, August 21st

Dan + Joe + Charles Show
UCB East, 10.30 p.m. $5

How do you categorize an act like Dynasty Handbag? Jibz Cameron created this stage persona, and describes her as a "performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psychic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/antipants-lezbiananationalarmy vehicle". In other words, she's funny and very weird. In the video above, she portrays a male drone operator whose violent calling so disrupts his nuclear family, he must escape the pain by living a double life as cabaret singer and hair-metal demigod. We all have coping mechanisms. She performs tonight at this super-strong alt-comedy showcase.

Friday, August 22nd

Heavy Metal Laser Plane
Legion, Doors 7.30 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. Free

Sheng Wang is terrifyingly funny. He's the kind of funny that makes other funny people want to quit: dry, calm, a definite point of view, and comfortable in front of four people or four thousand. Catch him tonight for free at this classic Williamsburg clusterfuck show. Each month, the hosts give away about $100 worth of books, DVDs and other swag from various media mailrooms across town. So come for the superbly booked comedy show and stay for the chance to win a book about Metallica and Aretha Franklin's greatest hits (or similar).

Location Info


Cake Shop

152 Ludlow St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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

Category: General


790 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Union Hall

702 Union St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


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

Category: General

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