Top 25 Comedy Clubs in NYC
Written by: Jason Peters
New York City could be considered the comedy capital of the world. There have been many big-time personalities, actors, and comedians who have grown up in New York and still have some of that New York flavor in their persona. Many of these performers got their start by hustling in New York’s comedy scene as they tried to catch their break. Even with that, you don’t need to see a well-known person perform at these clubs to have a great night out. Here are the top 25 comedy clubs in New York City.
Old Man Hustle is a comedy club at 9 PM Sunday through Thursday and 3 PM Saturdays.
Laughing Buddha Comedy provides outstanding open mic nights and offers comedy classes complete with writing, business, hosting and crowdwork training.
The Lantern’s Lucky Cat Comedy Club offers dancing and comedy from 4 PM until 1 AM every day; 5 PM. until 1 AM on Saturdays and open mics Sunday nights.
Upright Citizens Brigade Theater at Chelsea provides improv from NYC’s top ensembles.
The Magnet Theater offers low-cost, first-rate comedy in the Chelsea district, the heart of NYC’s comedy scene.
Comedy Cellar near New York University offers headliners such as Dave Attell and drop-ins by stars like Aziz Ansari. It’s open from 9 until 1:30 for a late night entertainment seven days a week with casual ambience and a full bar. The likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Aziz Ansari, and Amy Schumer all performed on the same night earlier this month, so you can see the Cellar is a pretty big deal.
The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club is unique in its two levels, the downstairs comedy venue and upstairs restaurant.
Eastville Comedy Club accommodates over 140 customers and has a cafe to relax in before or after the show.
The National Comedy Theater uses audience participation to further the fun in this clean and hilarious troupe that travels worldwide.
Blogologues demonstrates that the internet’s community forums, tweets and OKCupid profiles need performing onstage hilariously. Co-creators Jen Jamula and Allison Goldberg were rated by Time Out New York as “one of the top ten funniest women in NYC.”
Comedy Outliers showcases a monthly revue that was featured in the New York Times and Timeout New York.
Carolines on Broadway has shown off top comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld and Margaret Cho in its club that has a spectacular descending staircase to the bar.
Teams of professionals use material from the audience to improv at Comedy Sportz.
Eight Is Never Enough Improv enables kids on Saturdays at 3 PM weekly to improv their way to fun.
The Broadway Comedy Club provides exposure for both American and international comics.
Sunday Night Improv Comedy Club is a weekly improvised comedy jam with a rotating cast.
Arrive early for a seat at Dangerfield’s, which continues Rodney’s legacy as purveyor of comedy from raunchy to tame.
Chicago City Limits is New York City’s longest running show with over 10,000 shows during its 30-year period. CB’s Comedy Corner is popular with students in its Greenwich Village location.
The PIT Loft is an award-winning training center and comedy theater founded in 2002.
The World Comedy Club in the theater district is the world’s first live streaming comedy club.
The Dark Horse Comedy Club blends nationally known comics with comics on the rise in the ambiance of a restaurant offering a gourmet menu.
LoL Times Square provides something for everyone as it showcases local, national and international talent.
Say What? NYC Comedy Improv plays short-form comedy games from three to five minutes based on audience suggestions.
Gotham City Improv provides classes as well as $6 shows for a small, cozy feel.