Best comedy 2013: New York's booming scene in a nutshell

Discover the best comedy Gotham has to offer, meet the scene's most promising new faces, and check in with the headliners at this year's New York Comedy Festival

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To get the best comedy in New York, you don't have to look far. Some of the most exciting shows this fall happen during the tenth annual New York Comedy Festival, of course, but there's just as much going on in the city's dedicated comedy clubs, theaters and back rooms of bars. Click below to get our take on some of New York's up-and-coming faces, hear from the NYCF headliners, pick up on the story of comedic storytelling, and check in with our cover boy, the future Fox sitcom star John Mulaney.

When is the New York Comedy Festival?
The New York Comedy Festival, which was organized for the first time in 2004 by Caroline Hirsch and the team from Times Square comedy club Carolines on Broadway, takes place from November 5, 2013 to November 10, 2013.


Best comedy theaters in NYC

Carolines on Broadway

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1626 Broadway, (between 49th and 50th Sts)
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Comedy Cellar

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 117 MacDougal St, (between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts)
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The Creek and the Cave

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 10-93 Jackson Ave, (at 49th Ave)
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Gotham Comedy Club

  • Price band: 2/4
  1. 208 W 23rd St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
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Best comedy 2013: Free shows

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Sun Dec 27
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  1. Freddy's Bar 627 Fifth Ave, between 17th and 18th Sts, 11215
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Sack Magic

  • Free
  1. Legion 790 Metropolitan Ave, at Humboldt St
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Frantic!

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Mon Dec 29
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Best comedy 2013: Cheap shows

Big Ups

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Little Skips 941 Willoughby Ave, at Myrtle Ave
  2. Thu Dec 25
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Myrtle Comedy

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Splitty 415 Myrtle Ave, between Clinton and Vanderbilt Aves, 11205
  2. Thu Dec 25
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Alpha & Omega Comedy Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. One and One 76 E 1st St, at First Ave, 10009
  2. Fri Dec 26
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The Gadget Hour

  • Price band: 1/4
  1. Write Act Repertory Theatre 309 E 26th St, between First and Second Aves
  2. Fri Dec 12 - Fri Dec 26
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