Cheap Laughs:The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 4/16 - 4/22

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Maria Heinegg is on Glue Stick at Klimat Lounge Wednesday.

This week in Cheap Laughs, we meditate on why we've lived in New York so long, rock out to a Weezer cover band, and admire the killing powers of Jesus Christ. We also have shows starring filthy people, shows starring lady people, and shows starring real actual scientist people. We do it all. Here's our pick of the best in independently produced comedy this week.



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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 4/9 - 4/15

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UK comic Simon Amstell performs at The Bell House tonight

This week in Cheap Laughs, we get transatlantic with a visiting U.K. comic, soothe your post-Wrestlemania pains, and highlight shows dealing with the core fundamentals of life: boobs, bacon, and bawling your eyes out. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 4/2 - 4/8

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Corinne Fisher hosts the "Guys We F*cked" podcast and appears at The Stonewall Inn this Saturday. Photo by Dee Guerreros
This week In Cheap Laughs, we showcase strange sketch performers, welcome UCB to the city's intellectual establishment, celebrate the Semitic failings of a non-observant Jew, and laud the stars of the internet's hottest anti-slut-shaming podcast. In other words, we do it all. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.


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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 3/26 - 4/1

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Shalewa Sharpe hosts "How Do I Get There?" at The Creek and The Cave this Thursday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we hang out in bookstores, right a historic wrong done to Staten Island, brag abut Brooklyn's best live talk show, and hear tall tales about the very worst topic known to man: cheating. Here are our picks for independently produced New York comedy worth your time over the next seven days.

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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 3/19 - 3/26

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Chrissie Mayr performs on Last Tuesday with Pat Dixon, next Tuesday March 25th at The Stand

Spring is here! Are you anxious about your body yet? Another winter of layers, sweaters, and other paunch-hiding garments has flown by. But now the weather is warming up, and disgusting skinny people are flaunting their tight bods and friendly metabolisms. Our advice? Don't try to compete. Wear something baggy (baggy is in, right?) and go see live comedy. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York laughs this week.

See also: AUDIO: Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa Tell Road Stories


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Hannibal Buress: "Bombing Can Be Good"

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Photo: Juile Seabaugh
By Julie Seabaugh

In his second special, Hannibal Buress: Live in Chicago, the laid-back comic relates the story of throwing a bachelor party in New Orleans. "One of my friends said, 'Hannibal, you should hire a second line band to follow you through the streets,'" he recalls. "Basically in New Orleans, for $300 you can have your own parade on a day's notice!" Soon alcoholic beverages and the police become involved, and Buress decides to throw himself a parade every week.

Not that the 31-year-old Williamsburg resident suffers from a lack of attention. Chicago debuts on Comedy Central Sunday, March 29, and the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock writer currently co-stars on Adult Swim's The Eric André Show and pops up regularly in Comedy Central's Broad City. He'll also appear in May's Seth Rogen/Zach Effron-starring film Neighbors.

The evening before he offered SXSW audiences a sneak peek, Buress sat down to discuss the special, the benefits of bombing and his love for the New York comedy scene. Then the following night he concluded his post-film Q&A by leading a six-piece band around the theater, out through the Alamo Drafthouse lobby and onto the chaos of 6th Street. As Buress confesses in Chicago, "Don't worry, you're just watching a man living out his dream."

See also: AUDIO: Andrew W.K. and Wu Tang Clan's Masta Killa Tell Road Stories

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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 3/12 - 3/18

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Wu-Tang's Masta Killa wants YOU to hear him tell stories at The Creek and the Cave this Friday at 10pm.
Consider this week's Cheap Laughs our gift to a city about to experience something terrible: the regurgitated Guinness festival that is St. Patrick's day. Lord, have mercy. Do yourself a favor. Avoid the ass-clowns at McWherever's and go watch some live comedy. Here is our roundup of the best in independent comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy in NYC This Week

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Rachel Feinstein performs at Are You There, Ghandi? this Wednesday at Lucky Jack's.

This week in New York comedy is a mixed bag, but in a good way. Come to think of it, why does the phrase "mixed bag" denote something bad? Mixes are good. They're full of surprises. Show me a bag with ten of the same thing, and I'll show you a boring bag. The next seven days will feature comedy talk shows, tributes to dead pop legends, a neophyte Keanu Reeves, and large amounts of free vodka. Sound like your bag? Read on for our run-down of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 2/26 - 3/4

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Hand Job Academy perform raps about periods (and other stuff) Wednesday at The House of Vans

What's that? A beehive? No! It's Oscar buzz. The west coast is gearing up for its annual backslapathon, with all the glamour and glitz the Tinseltown dream factory can possibly secrete, spread over a week of hype. By all means enjoy it, but don't forget that 90% of the Academy crowd started right here in Gotham. In fact, many of them have wrestled laughter out of audiences at the very clubs and venues we highlight every week. And yet, comedies rarely win the top honors at the gong fest. There's not even an Oscar for comedy. Best animated short. Yeah, there's one for that. But comedy? "Nope, fuck those clowns," says Hollywood. To protest that clear injustice, we suggest you attend one of the shows listed below. Because that'll show them. Here's our round-up of the best of New York's independently produced comedy shows this week.


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Cheap Laughs: The Best in Independent Comedy This Week, 2/19 - 2/25

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Nikki Glaser is at The Stand this Tuesday for their Northern Discomfort show.
This snow business is officially out of control. Everyone is slipping on slush, cancelling plans, and even worse: running out of snow-related workplace banter. We've had so much bad weather, even the office cut-up is running out of precipitation material. You need to feed the beast. Get out there into Gotham's comedy scene and learn to laugh again. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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