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Cheap Comedy in New York

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Published December 8th 2009
Why did the chicken cross the road? To see some up and coming comedians in sketch workshops! The Upright Citizens Brigade and the PIT Theater are on the cutting edge of live comedy. These folks are serious about their craft. If someone tried to crack a chicken / road joke like the one above, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.

The Upright Citizen's Brigade has a few improvisation and sketch shows nightly. During the week, you'll pay $5 a pop for a seat. The weekend shows are a little more expensive, at $15 a ticket. If you need some help in the laughs department, there is a tiny bar on premises that serves cheap wine and beer. Numerous comedians that started in this theater have gone on to greater things, like Saturday Night Live. It's possible to get some real bang for your buck: the famous have been known to drop in and do a few sketches.

Although it sounds like a gross basement, the PIT offers comedy students the chance to showcase their yucks in front of willing audiences. The acronym stands for People's Improv Theater, and shows here range from $5 - $10. The reputation isn't as stellar as the Upright Citizen's Brigade, but you're sure to find laugh or two at shows like Improdome and Madam Katie's House of Ladies.

If you feel inspired to take the stage after your visit, both venues offer sketch writing and improv performance classes. They'll teach you the basics of comedy, and maybe even a good chicken joke or two. Who knows, you could be the next great comedian. Now that's a funny thought, isn't it?
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Why? Because You Gotta Laugh
When: 7 Nights a Week
Where: UCB - 307 West 26th Street, PIT - 154 West 29th Street
Cost: $5 - $15, depending on the show
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