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

John Mulaney

John Mulaney


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

Gandhi, Is That You?

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Lucky Jack’s 129 Orchard St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Wed Feb 3 - Wed Dec 28
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  1. Alligator Lounge 600 Metropolitan Ave, between Leonard and Lorimer Sts
  2. Tue Feb 9 - Tue Dec 27
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Iron Lady

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Tender Trap 66 Greenpoint Ave, between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, 11222
  2. Tue Feb 16 - Tue Apr 19
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  1. 7th to 10th Sts between Aves A and B, 10009
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Best comedy 2013: Cheap shows

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Wed Feb 3 - Wed Dec 21
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Sweet

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Tue Feb 9 - Tue Mar 1
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