Many of the world’s best comedic talents got their start by doing improv and stand-up in the comedy clubs in New York City. Known as a hub for top comedians, New York City is the spot to take in a comedy show that’s guaranteed to keep you laughing all the way home.
Check out some of these popular comedy venues to see rising stars, established comedians honing their craft, and maybe even some top name celebrities who often pop in keep their material fresh. No matter who’s performing, a night at a NYC comedy club is sure to be the highlight of your New York City getaway.
1267, 117 Macdougal St•New York•NY
This Greenwich Village comedic hot spot is one of the most well-known comedy clubs in New York. The local newspapers repeatedly rate it “The Best in New York.” It’s always a packed house so it’s recommended to book in advance. Booking in advance does not require payment so it’s well worth the extra effort.
The Comedy Cellar showcases 5-7 of the city’s funniest comedians with each one performing a 20-minute set. Patrons are required to purchase a 2 item minimum. Purchases can be drinks or can be a drink and menu item combination.
Over the years The Comedy Cellar has seen the likes of top comedic performers such as Louis CK and Amy Schumer. Who knows, you may witness the next rising star.
208 W 23rd St•New York•NY
Gotham Comedy Club brings the best in stand-up comedy. As you enter the comedy club the walls are lined with photos of all the top performers who have adorned their stage. The great Robin Williams, the quick-witted Jerry Seinfeld, and the edgy Chris Rock are among the talented performers pictured in the entrance way.
241 E 24th St•New York•NY
85 East 4th St•New York•NY
With two New York City locations, you’re never far from the talents The New York Comedy Club brings to the city. A comedic staple of the city, The New York Comedy Club is easily recognized by its trademark red brick wall and candlelight ambience. See comedians try out new material at open mic nites every Mon, Tues, and Wed. You might just see a familiar face.
77 E 7th•New York•NY
Named one of the Top Ten Comedy clubs in New York by USA Today, this comedy stop is the largest producer of stand-up comedy routines and open mic nights in the city. It’s where the up-and-comers go to craft their talent and learn the art of comedy. Come see some of the city’s funniest performers showcase what they’ve learned.
116 E 16th St•New York•NY
Named New York Magazine’s “Best Comedy Club,” The Stand is known as a great spot for food and drink. The Stand has long been a New York City beacon for the hottest comedic talents. Watch for the opening of their new bigger and better location opening just a few blocks away.
555 W 42nd St•New York•NY
153 East 3rd St•New York•NY
Known around the city as UCB for short, it’s recognized as a top rated improvisational theatre and comic training centre. With two NYC locations, there is double the opportunity to check out the best the city has to offer in improv, stand-up, and clever sketches.
1626 Broadway•New York•NY
Located right in the heart of Times Square, Caroline’s has long been known as the hub of live comedy. Shows are offered 7 days a week featuring all the top headliners. It’s the city’s only true nightclub showcasing the best in side-splitting humour.
123 E 24th St•New York•NY
123 E 24th St•(b/t Park & Lex)
154 W 29th St (b/t 6th & 7th)
Known around Manhattan as The Pit, visitors can choose from three area locations to laugh the night away. PIT is also an award-winning training centre and theatre so you just may catch the next household name in comedy.
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