Best comedy events in NYC: Critics’ picks

Find the best comedy events in New York City this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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ASSSSCAT 3000

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sun Jul 13
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Trevor Noah

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The South African comedian has left audiences in stitches with jokes about politics, race and class. If earlier shows are any indication of what's in store for his run at Gotham, expect Noah to push the envelope just far enough.

  1. Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sun Jul 13
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If You Build It

  • Critics choice

Local comic Kara Klenk has wit and pluck, but she can also program a stand-up showcase.

  1. UCBEast 155 E 3rd St, between Aves A and B, 10009
  2. Sun Jul 13
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Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Jul 13
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ASSSSCAT 3000

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sun Jul 13
More info

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

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.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Mon Jul 14
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Whiplash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Jul 14
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The Moth StorySLAM!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific theme. Get in line early, as spots for raconteurs and spectators alike go

  1. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 126 Crosby St, between E Houston and Prince Sts, 10012
  2. Tue Jul 15
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Hot Soup!

  • Critics choice

From what we can tell, maybe the only thing missing from this tasty stand-up show curated by Matt Ruby, Mark Normand and Gary Vider is actual soup.

  1. The Irish Exit 978 Second Ave, between 51st and 52nd Sts, 10022
  2. Tue Jul 15
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Lady Bunny: Clowns Syndrome

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Shameless drag legend and nightlife pioneer Lady Bunny is back with another delightfully offensive solo show packed with song parodies, original videos and savagely hilarious takedowns of everyone from Chris Christie to Justin Bieber.

  1. Escuelita 301 W 39th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Tue Jul 15
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