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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Rifftown

  • Free

This monthly show encourages stand-ups to put their written, polished material away for the night and get to improvising. It helps, of course, that the comics have some experience in this arena.

  1. The Creek and the Cave 10-93 Jackson Ave, at 11th St, 11101
  2. Wed Apr 23
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Sideshow Goshko

  • Free

Manhattan Monologue Slam champion Leslie Goshko puts together an evening of stranger-than-fiction stories, complete with live accordion, a trivia game and a wine giveaway.

  1. KGB Bar 85 E 4th St , between Bowery and Second Ave, 10003
  2. Thu Apr 24
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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 Apr 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 Apr 24
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Get It Out There

  • Critics choice
  • Free

BAM and IFC team up, working with comedy producer Caroline Creaghead to put together a free stand-up showcase of bold locals in BAM's atrium café.

  1. BAMcafé 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Thu Apr 24
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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 Apr 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 Apr 25
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Beauty Bar Comedy

  • Free

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

  1. Beauty Bar 231 E 14th St , between Second and Third Aves, 10003
  2. Sun Apr 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 Apr 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, invite a myriad of acts to share the stage with them.

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