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

Creek Cave Live

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. The Creek and the Cave 10-93 Jackson Ave, at 11th St, 11101
  2. Sun Mar 29 - Tue Mar 31
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Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Mar 29 - Sun Dec 27
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The Broken Comedy Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave, at Driggs Ave, 11222
  2. Mon Mar 30 - Mon Dec 28
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Frantic!

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Mar 30 - Mon Dec 28
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Best comedy 2013: Cheap shows

  1. Peoples Improv Theater 123 E 24th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Sat Mar 28 - Sat Dec 26
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ASSSSCAT 3000

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sun Mar 29 - Sun Dec 27
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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Mon Mar 30 - Mon Dec 28
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Sweet

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Slipper Room 167 Orchard St, at Stanton St
  2. Tue Mar 31 - Tue Dec 29
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