Cheap Laughs: 'Judy Blume Meets Dr. Phil,' Jet Skis on a Mission, and Porn

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Kurt Braunohler presents his jet ski quest "Roustabout" at The Bell House February 25.
A roustabout, a suckerpunch, a porn fest, a cake mess, and a parade of UCB performers willing to admit "I'm cool." Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.


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Cheap Laughs: Ice Cream Cakes, Jurassic Park, and Butt-Holding

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This week in Cheap Laughs, we have ice cream cakes, neighborhood shakes, personal screenplays, and a gloriously wild remake of Jurassic Park. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Saturday Night Live's Forty Essential Music Moments, Ranked

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In its four decades of endless laughs and infamous shenanigans, Saturday Night Live has produced some of the most beloved and iconic snapshots in the history of American comedy. Countless characters have leapt off the television screen and into the hearts of viewers for generations, from the stone-faced Blues Brothers to the spastic Spartan Cheerleaders to the glorious cultural exploits of Stefon. The writers, actors, and pop-culture heavyweights who've had the pleasure of hosting the show are a collection of greats who've gone on to net Oscars, stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more — but SNL has never been a one-trick pony in the legacy creation department. Over 40 years, SNL has drawn stunning musical performances from artists of all walks of genre, documenting the rise of rock mavens, hip-hop kings, and pop players alike. To perform on SNL is to really, truly make it, proving that the late-night TV mainstay is about breaking artists who make you laugh and artists who make you sing (and/or scream out a chorus at the top of your lungs) in equal measure.

These 40 musical moments spanning the history of Saturday Night Live are not necessarily the most pristine, the most technically sound, or even the most enjoyable; they're not a collection of perfect presentations and radio-ready tracks. The chaos that ensues in Studio 8H makes legends out of men and shadows out of artists who aren't up to the challenge of performing on its stage, and the most memorable musical moments can be dubbed as good, bad, infamous, and everything in between. Read (and listen!) on to find out who made the cut, and let us know if we missed your favorite. (Just don't send the Land Shark after us if we did.)

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Cheap Laughs: Tinder Live, Craigslist Porn, and the Wonderful World of Boning

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Bunny Buxom flaunts her assets this Friday on "And I Am Not Lying" at UCBeast.

This week in Cheap Laughs, we have right swipes, Game of Thrones pipes, boner types, and a thousand bad ideas that were just too terrible, even for TV. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Blame Canada, Parents, and More: This Week in NYC Comedy

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Ginny Leise and Soojeong Son host "The Shame Game" this Friday at The Bell House.

This week in Cheap Laughs, we have snow removal, parental approval, tales of the disgraceful, the nebbishy lord of Letterman, and a polar vortex of departing Canadians. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Mark Normand Says Stand-Up Comics Are Their Own Species

"Honesty prohibition is what we are going through right now. Going to a comedy club and hearing jokes are like going to a truth speakeasy. You have to go pay money to hear the truth," says comedian Mark Normand.

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This Week in Indie Comedy: 'The Buttcracker Special,' Morgan Spurlock, and a Dominatrix

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Morgan Spurlock guests on "Running Late" at Carolines this Thursday.

This week in Cheap Laughs, we have improvised wit, a dominatrix bit, shows that won't quit, and the woman who keeps cutting Lena Dunham down to size. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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This Week in Indie Comedy: Dave Attell, $5 Grift, Awkward Sex, and Other Cheap Laughs

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Dave Attell brings his "Comedy Underground" show to the Village Underground on Tuesday, January 27.

This week in Cheap Laughs, we have starry eyes, honest lies, pole-dance highs, puppet guys, a dancing surprise, and two great showcases from the legendary Mr. Dave Attell. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Colin Quinn Explains Why Every Time Comedy Gets Cool, It's Bad for Comedy

We talk with Colin Quinn about comedy, the Comedy Cellar in the Village, and when he used to live across the street in a one-room apartment with three other people and a pair of bunk beds.

"To me what's funny is when somebody just lays out some secret thought in your head that you've never even thought about. One of the biggest compliments comedians give each other is 'You son of a bitch, you motherfucker. You thought of that, dammit. It was right there for all of us and you fuckin' came up with it.' They give you props, like, 'Bastard, that was good.' "

You can follow Quinn on Twitter — and be enraged by his positivity — at @iamcolinquinn.

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Livia Scott at UCB Chelsea Tops This Week's Best Indie Comedy

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Livia Scott brings her unique sketch show to UCB Chelsea at 8 p.m. January 14.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have brassy sketches, oddball mensches, nacho bitches, Hannibal's nieces, squeaky-clean pieces, and the chance to be black for one glorious night. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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