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Alternative Comedy

Six upcoming shows to catch outside of the traditional comedy-club setting.

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Pretty Good Friends
Williamsburg Waterfront, East River State Park; 7/29 at 5:30 p.m.; 90 Kent Ave., nr. 13th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-297-9470
Fresh air breeds hearty laughs, and even more so when it's free — as it'll be when when Eugene Mirman hosts his popular show alfresco with Todd Barry, Patton Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, and musical guest They Might Be Giants.

Comedy at KFBK
Knitting Factory; 7/31 at 9 p.m.; 361 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 347-529-6696
Funnyman and 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress has been out and about on tour lately, but he stops by to host this edition of his popular, free weekly show, before taking off again to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. On the bill is Owen Smith and SF transplant Ali Wong.

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen
Littlefield; 8/1 at 7:30 p.m.; 622 Degraw St., nr. Fourth Ave., Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-855-3388
Mr. Braunohler and Ms. Schaal host this weekly $5 show, bringing together their favorite comics and sketch groups. Guests in the past have included Ira Glass, Eugene Mirman, and Kumail Nanjiani.

Comedy at the Grocery
Arlene's Grocery; 8/2 at 8 p.m.; 95 Stanton St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-995-1652
Chuckles are on the bill when this rock venue hosts a cheap monthly stand-up show, with this round featuring SNL writer John Mulaney, Godfrey (Comedy Central), and surprise guests.

Get Loose
The Back Room at The Gutter; 8/3 at 8 p.m.; 200 N. 14th St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-387-3585
A new, free monthly show in the spacious back room of the bowling alley (which has its own bar), hosted by Aaron Glaser (Comedy Central, UCB) and Lee Rubenstein (MTV, UCB), with this month’s lineup including Late Night With Jimmy Fallon blogger Sara Schaefer, Sarah Tollemoche, Cocoon Central Dance Team, and more.

Tom Shillue
Mineral Springs, Central Park; 8/7 at 2 p.m.; Enter via Central Park West, at W. 67th or W. 69th Sts.
Shillue, a former Daily Show correspondent and ECNY winner for his one-man show Supernormal, performs his down-to-earth storytelling stand-up as part of the free Laughter in the Park series.


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