Gothamist loves this time of year when the city clears out. The city was so empty this morning that even our local AM New York distributor by the F train was on vacation and we had to pick up the paper instead of having it handed to us. Thankfully there is plenty to do this week as a reward for our hard work.

2005_07_artsvarietyshac.jpgTonight, Jon Benjamin and Chris Jureck join the ladies of Variety Shac at Galapagos. Hosts Chelsea Peretti, Heather Lawless, Andrea Rosen and Shonali Bhowmik want you to buy what they’re selling in the July installment of their monthly show. [Galapagos Art Space, 70 N. 6th St., doors at 8pm - FREE]

This Saturday, Philadelphia sketch group Bad Hair comes to New York for an engagement at Juvie Hall. Their sketch show sold out at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival last year and this weekend marks their New York debut. All its members have backgrounds in improvisation and the group’s show is described as a mélange of smart, absurd and just plain silly comedic sketches that combine live performance, original music and video. Tickets available at the door only. [Juvie Hall, 24 Bond St. Saturday July 9 @ 10pm - $5]

Monday don’t miss the double bill of Just Here for the Day and Can I Call You My Girlfriend? at UCB. Margot Leitman is a comedian who was at one time, a substitute teacher responsible for molding the minds of Manhattan’s youth. Only instead of teaching them multiplication tables, she taught them about the importance of The Band’s The Last Waltz. The video at the end of Leitman’s show is priceless. In Can I Call You My Girlfriend? Matt Evans takes the series of hilarious monologues he has been honing for the past year and creates a one man show about the awkward moments that dating inspires. [UCB Theatre, 307 W. 26th St. Monday July 11 @ 8pm, $5]