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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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 Aug 31
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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 Sep 1
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Big Pony Show

  • Free

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

  1. Leftfield 87 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10002
  2. Mon Sep 1
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Frantic!

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Michael Kosta, presents a rotating lineup of the club's regulars each Monday.

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Sep 1
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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 Sep 1
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Comic Book Club

  • Free

Comic-book nerds, take heed: Every week, local comedians talk shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic-book world in this hybrid show.

  1. Fontana’s 105 Eldridge St, between Broome and Grand Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Moons Over My Hammy

  • Free

This weekly showcase, hosted by Maribeth Mooney, presents both stand-ups and storytellers. It's not required to know the Denny's reference in order to get the rest of the jokes.

  1. Otto’s Shrunken Head 538 E 14th St, between Aves A and B, 10009
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Crime & Punishment

  • Free

Young stand-up Kate Berlant helms the ship here, setting the tone for her guests with any number of off-the-wall bons mots.

  1. Cake Shop 152 Ludlow St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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Bareburger Comedy Show

  • Free

Each week, Paul Schissler and Sahar Lichtman bring together a healthy mix of comedians for you to enjoy while chowing down on a grass-fed burger. Oh, and there might be some free beer with your name

  1. Bareburger 85 Second Ave, at 5th St, 10003
  2. Tue Sep 2
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The Fancy Show

  • Free

Lane hosts this weeks show featuring KC Aurora, Brock Savage, Julia Solomon, Chris Calogero, Gary Gulman and Jenny Zigrino.

  1. Bar Reis 375A Fifth Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Tue Sep 2
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