Cheap Laughs: Viking Funerals, Bad Cop Shows, and Plenty of April Fools

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Charla Lauriston presents new episodes of Clench and Release tonight at Littlefield.
It's April Fools' Day, and like all true comedy fans, we are NOT cooking up some nonsense prank that anyone with a brain can see coming a mile off! This week in Cheap Laughs, we have unbreakable writers, unsinkable losers, bad cop shows, hot gay shows, and Viking funerals. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: Bad Music Videos, Badass Women, Free Pizza, and More

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Lane Moore of "Tinder Live"
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have badass women, Irish gays, pizza, and shame. Now that's what we call a night on the town. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Bad Assery Is All About Funny, Not Just 'Funny for a Girl'

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Natalie Wall and Shaina Stigler of Bad Assery
If you turn on your TV — or, more likely, flip open your laptop — you might get the impression that the comedy world is good to women. Broad City, Veep, The Mindy Project, Girls, Orange Is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Parks and Recreation (may it rest in peace) — there is no shortage of women who reliably make us laugh, week after week.

And yet.

For those women still duking it out in the comedy trenches, the game hasn't changed all that much. Natalie Wall recalls the first night of a 2014 tour for her storytelling show, Awkward Sex...and the City, in which she and five other female comics shared their most horrifically funny sex stories. "We sold out the venue. There were people in line to see us that had never even heard of us before," Wall says. "We fucking killed! Then three separate guys told me I was really funny...'for a girl.' It ruined the 'killing it' moment immediately.

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Cheap Laughs: Hot Tubs, Half-Chubs, and Beastie Boy Backup Dancers

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Bridget Everett appears on Dale Radio Live at The Pit this Tuesday.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have hot tubs, heckling clubs, honest flubs, half-chubs, and a Beastie Boy backup dancer. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: Boobs, Bulges, and Long-Forgotten VHS Tapes

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Clara Coquette performs at And I'm Not Lying on 3/13.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have the power of song, the King of Wrong, boobs, bulges, the Greek letter pi, a geek Sunday high, and the worst VHS tapes on earth, lovingly preserved on the internet. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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Cheap Laughs: Fake GoogaMooga Menus and Faker Commercials

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Molly Austin
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have a veritable mix of highs and lows. Big-time auditions are up against municipal sewers. Gourmet restaurants take on awkward sexual cupping. And the grand old order of the Illuminati Party must compete with...that dumb movie you love to hate. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.

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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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See SNL's Sasheer Zamata this week at LPR
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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Morgan Shortell
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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