Free comedy shows in NYC: Stand-up, improv and more

Laugh along to both budding and established local comedians at these free comedy shows in New York City.

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Free comedy shows in NYC: Wyatt Cenac at Get It Out There

Free comedy shows in NYC: Wyatt Cenac at Get It Out There Photograph: Etienne Frossard

Weknow; we’re biased. But for our money, NYC remains the best place to see live comedy on the planet. In addition to big-ticket gigs, you can catch fine free comedy shows here—be it a night of stand-up, improv, sketch or storytelling—without spending a dime.


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Another Bar Show

  • Free

Give Miguel Dalmau and Troy Alan credit: They admit their show is one more night of stand-ups in a pub. But they look to pack the lineup with the best locals and visiting comics they can find, and

  1. Beauty Bar 231 E 14th St , between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Comedy as a Second Language

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway welcome stand-up comics to the stage in this weekly show.

  1. Kabin 92 Second Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Laughing Liberally Lab

  • Free

Political comedians Scott Blakeman, Frank Conniff, John Fugelsang and Katie Halper rip into the government with fresh material.

  1. Jimmy’s No. 43 43 E 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Zebra Cake

  • Free

Comics Josh Carter, Josh Homer and Adam Mamawala invite fellow stand-ups to this weekly downtown showcase.

  1. Beauty Bar 231 E 14th St , between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Live from Outer Space

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

  1. The Cobra Club 6 Wyckoff Ave, between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, 11237
  2. Fri Jul 25
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Beauty Bar Comedy

  • Free

Adam Sokol, Nate Fridson and Brad Austin welcome stand-up comedy from some you already know and others they think you should.

  1. Beauty Bar 231 E 14th St , between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Sun Jul 27
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The Broken Comedy Show

  • Free

Comics Nimesh Patel, Michael Che and Mike Denny host rising stand-ups each week at this Greenpoint spot.

  1. Bar Matchless 557 Manhattan Ave, at Driggs Ave, 11222
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Big Pony Show

  • Free

A quartet of stand-ups to watch, Molly Austin, Mike Brown, Rojo Perez and Shak Standley, invites a myriad of acts to share the stage with them.

  1. Leftfield 87 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10002
  2. Mon Jul 28
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The Kaleidoscope

  • Free

Each week, this experimental show features an improv team consisting of four people that have never performed together, resulting in a lot of laughs and a unique experience that will never happen

  1. The Creek and the Cave 10-93 Jackson Ave, at 11th St, 11101
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Dive Comedy

  • Free

Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi host this stand-up showcase in the back room of a friendly Sunset Park bar.

  1. Freddy's Bar 627 Fifth Ave, between 17th and 18th Sts, 11215
  2. Mon Jul 28
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