Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 9/3 - 9/9
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have childless joy, Flan-man's "ya boy," BuzzFeed GIFs, Underbelly whiffs, a 10-year anniversary, a fitting tribute, and a show designed to get discerning college students in flagrante. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Jen Kirkman performs at The Bell House Wednesday 9/3 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 3rd
The Bell House, Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. $15.
Chelsea Handler staff writer and roundtable regular Jen Kirkman is now unemployed, thanks to the sudden end of her meal-ticket show. But her loss (and attendant lack of health insurance) is our gain. The L.A.-based comic is in NYC this week, working out new material for an upcoming special at The Bell House. Expect jokes about divorce, the many levels of show-business hell, and the joys of a childless existence. Her New York Times bestseller, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids, was wonderful. We're guessing she'll be wonderful tonight too.
Gandhi, Is That You?
Lucky Jack's, 9 p.m. Free.
Is this the best free comedy show on the Lower East Side? Yes. We're going with yes. This weekly Lucky Jack's institution has had all the New York drop-ins of distinction — your Louis CKs, your Jim Gaffigans, etc. — and earns that kind of visitor thanks to continually packed crowds, great booking, and the light touch of hosts Lance Weiss and Brendan Fitzgibbons. Christian Finnegan and Giulia Rozzi are two to watch out for at this show, as well as "The Flan Man" himself, New Jersey's own Justin Flanagan.
Thursday, September 4th
BuzzFeed Live: We May Only Do This Once
The Bell House, 7 p.m. $10.
We're not sure about this, but we're going to embrace it anyway. That sentence could sum up the whole world's reaction to BuzzFeed and its cheerful, GIF-ified conquest of the internet. Now they're experimenting, and trying to replicate their viral success in a live format. We don't know much about this show, except that it's co-hosted with feminist site The Toast, and involves the sweetly silly folks at BuzzFeed Labs. They're the nerds who created this browser plugin that plays riotous studio audience laughter whenever you tweet a joke. So, to sum up: We know almost nothing about this show's format or content or about the talent involved. But it will probably give us 17 reasons to feel glad we went to it.
Saturday, September 6th
The Creek and the Cave, 10 p.m. Free
It's the third anniversary of Underbelly tonight, one of the most anarchic, brilliantly creative shows in New York City comedy. Here's how it works: Each month, stand-up comedians from alt-comedy haven The Creek and The Cave create characters, sketches, videos, presentations . . . ANYTHING at all that isn't stand-up. Then they perform it for an audience of their peers. It's like a UCB thing with quality control, rapid turnover and zero "preciousness." In other words, it's a gem of a show. Reid Faylor, Andrew Short and the hilariously twisted, brutally funny Kelly Fastuca book it and run it. Any comedy fan in town should grab a Tecate and go wish them three more years.
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