Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 12/17 - 12/23

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Want to see a live Frasier episode, performed by blind-drunk actors? Wasted Frasier is for you, this Friday
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have opinionated Greeks, party sneaks, Baltimore tones, relationship moans, and a salute to the crappiest moments of 2014. There's a lot to choose from. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Bridget Everett Wants to Meet You Under the Mistletoe at the Bell House

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This week in Cheap Laughs, we have big titties, clamps for your titties, professionally exposed titties, vegan/queer titties, cynical black titties, and titties covered in marinara sauce. Even for us, that's...a lot of titties. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Here are 12 Context-Free Lines From Norm Macdonald's Show at Caroline's

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Norm Macdonald has had quite the 2014. Between the comedian's chart-topping podcast, Norm Macdonald Live, frequent touring and finishing his upcoming memoirs, his wave of productivity has brought joy to comedy fans across North America. His series of shows last week (December 4-7) at Caroline's was a refreshing reminder that Macdonald's as funny as ever. With the galvanizing intimacy of Caroline's being the ideal venue for Macdonald's style, the comedian brought the audience on a ride of emotive storytelling, chainsaw-sharp banter, and that refreshing Macdonald charm.

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Soak Up Bill Corbett's Weird Alternate Version of Christmas

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Santa Claus, space traveler and fighter of Satan
In the not-too-distant future (Thursday, December 4), Mystery Science Theater 3000's Bill Corbett, Michael J. Nelson, and Kevin Murphy will be live-riffing the befuddling 1959 Mexican film Santa Claus in theaters nationwide (and at Regal Union Square in Manhattan). Santa's outer-space team and the wizard Merlin will battle Satan on the big screen just in time for the film's 55th anniversary. But it's not the only thing Corbett's leaving under your Christmas tree this holiday season, as his graphic novel Super-Powered Revenge Christmas plunges into stockings and onto store shelves now.

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Post-Ferguson Pick-Me-Ups, Boobs, and Baby Vomit: Here's This Week's Best Indie Comedy

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W. Kamau Bell performs at SubCulture this Sunday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have dead dads, doodle pads, after-school for grown-ups, post-Ferguson pick-me-ups, boobs, baby vomit, and the healing power of science. Let's get into it. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Free Laughs and Free Cupcakes in This Week's Cheap Comedy Roundup

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High Maintenance star Ben Sinclair hosts a screening and Q&A at the Bell House this Thursday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have word lovers, G'n'R covers, Web series discovery, a blessed anniversary, and free cupcakes. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Let the Dude From the Sonic Commercials Be Your New Comedy Hero

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This week in Cheap Laughs, we have square deals, pizza steals, slammed meals, and copped feels. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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The Best of This Year's New York Comedy Festival

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The 2014 New York Comedy Festival went down from November 5 through 9 in over 20 venues around the city. It once again boasted a stellar lineup of comics, which made it difficult for us to pick and choose which shows to actually put on our "must see" list. That said, it had to be done and, ultimately, we were beyond happy with the choices we made. So here is the wrap-up of the funny that we were able to catch this year.

See also: Comedy's Biggest Names Talk About Their Relationship With New York

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Andrew Dice Clay Talks NYC Upbringing, New Memoir The Filthy Truth

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Sheepshead Bay native Andrew Dice Clay is likely the most misunderstood comedian of the past 40 years. An actor at heart, his over-the-top stage character -- part social satire, part rock 'n' roll bombast -- has been boycotted, banned, panned by critics (including those at the Village Voice) and, in the mid '90s, outright dismissed as has-been.

Yet his landmark accomplishments remain. Clay was the first stand-up to sell out the Madison Square Garden arena...which he did not just once, but two nights in a row. He's headlined more than 300 arena shows. His total lifetime ticket sales hover somewhere around 13 million.

After 15 years in showbiz jail, Clay returned with memorable appearances on Entourage, in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, and in his fittingly titled Showtime special, Indestructible. Memoir The Filthy Truth is out this Tuesday, he plays a '70s radio-station magnate in Martin Scorsese's upcoming HBO series, and a biographical documentary is in the works.

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The Roast Battle: 'Like Fight Club for Comedians,' Says Jeffrey Ross

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Roastmaster General, comedian Jeff Ross has roasted tens of thousands of people -- maybe more, he says.

His first official Roast was of "actor" and ponytail god Steven Seagal, and he opened with this joke: "A lot of you don't know me, but I feel uniquely qualified to be here today because I'm also a shitty actor." Today, Jeff Ross is practically a household name. He has been the Roastmaster at the venerable Friars Club, and is part of every Comedy Central Roast, usually scoring the biggest "OH NO HE DIIIIIN'T"s of the night.

"Everything is a roast! Even in an airport with strangers, or at Thanksgiving," says Ross. "I can't help myself!"

See also: Roasts + Rap Battles = Roast Battle, the Hottest Thing in L.A.'s Comedy Scene

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