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Funny for Free

Going broke from holiday shopping? Here are five free comedy events guaranteed to make you chuckle.

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Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman of Big Terrific.  

Comedy As a Second Language
Kabin; 12/17 at 9 p.m.; 92 Second Ave., nr. 5th St.
Not only is it free, but you can't go wrong when PBRs are $2 a pop at this comedy night hosted by Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway. This week's guests include Roger Hailes, Vince Averill, and Jamie Lee.

Greg Johnson and the Comedians
Pianos; 12/20 at 7:30 p.m.; 158 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St.; 212-505-3733
It's a wonder Greg Johnson gets any sleep, what with blogging, acting, radio hosting, being a twitterer to watch, and hosting this free weekly comedy gig. But presumably, he does sleep. And he gets brand-name guests like Todd Barry and Eugene Mirman to drop by his show.

Hannibal Buress presents...
Knitting Factory; 12/20 at 9 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-529-6696
What does racism have to do with apple juice? If you're lucky, you'll find out when the hilarious Hannibal Buress takes time out from his SNL writing gig to host his new weekly residency at the Knitting Factory. Joining him this week are Wyatt Cenac, Anthony Jeselnik, and Josh Fadem, among others.

The Inevitable hosted by Kurt Braunohler
Union Pool; 12/21 at 7 p.m.; 484 Union Ave., at Skillman Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-609-0484
Probably best known for performing comedy partner Kristen Schaal, this December improv guru (and co-creator of Penelope: Princess of Pets) Kurt Braunohler goes it alone with his comedy variety showcase “The Inevitable.” Guests this month have already included Pete Holmes, Sara Schaefer, and Schaal herself.

Big Terrific
Cameo; 12/23 at 8 p.m.; 93 N. 6th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-1180
They're quite right: This increasingly popular Wednesday-night show hosted by Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, and SNL newbie Jenny Slate is both terrific (in funny, funny jokes), and big (in lineup and crowd). We recommend showing up early.


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