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Best cheap comedy shows

Get the best bang for your buck at these local gigs

Performers may frown on cheap laughs from the stage, but for audience members, they're the best kind. This list features some of the choicest budget comedy shows in the city, many of which regularly get visits from the best up-and-comers around—and they won't set you back much more than $5.

RECOMMENDED: Best comedy in NYC

Big Black Car + The Baldwins

Two improv teams share this hour: First, the quick-and-dirty players in Big Black Car have the ability to disappear down a comedic rabbit hole with impressive agility.Then, the Baldwins are notable for the number of competent actors with a yen to play slowly and thoroughly.

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Peoples Improv Theater Until Saturday December 26 2015

ASSSSCAT 3000

Critics' pick

NYC’s long-form improv royalty (including UCBT and SNL folk) play pickup-game style in this famous long-running show.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Sunday April 19 2015 - Sunday December 27 2015

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

Critics' pick

This weekly offering, hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.

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Littlefield Monday April 20 2015 - Monday December 28 2015

Sweet

Critics' pick

Seth Herzog's weekly mainstay, which has settled back in its longtime home at the Slipper Room, still features scads of downtown stand-ups and, quite often, Herzog's mother.

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Slipper Room Tuesday April 21 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

ComedyJuice

Critics' pick

This revered weekly show features lots of worthy local stand-ups and often one or two big names, thanks to the draw of the top comedy giant.

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Gotham Comedy Club Tuesday April 21 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015

Dan + Joe + Charles Show

Dan Licata, Joe Pera and Charles Gould host this variety show consisting mostly of stand-up with some jazz and one-act plays thrown in the mix.

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UCBEast Thursday April 23 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

Lasers in the Jungle

With a nod to NYC patron saint Paul Simon, hosts Dan Wilbur, Sean Crespo and Katina Corrao welcome stand-ups to this weekly show.

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UCBEast Thursday April 23 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

North Coast

This spirited improv troupe weaves beat-boxing and freestyle verse into its long-form. Expect more raps about office life than thug life.

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Peoples Improv Theater Until Saturday September 26 2015

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Joseph S
Joseph S

Best Comedy in NYC is a tough one! There are so many great comedy clubs and it really depends on the night. When I want to see comedy I always check out Best Comedy Tickets which has the most up to date schedule and its super easy to buy tickets here is a link  http://www.bestcomedytickets.com/schedule I highly recommend using them as they are the original comedy promoters in New York City. 

Kevin Gootee
Kevin Gootee

Hi, We do a free show at the Grisly Pear every month and this sat 23rd at 7:30. It's the good cop/bad cop show and you can find us on FB at GoodcopbadcopNYC. on Twitter @Goodcopbadcopny. Kevin Gootee