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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Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Sep 21
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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 Sep 21
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Mo's Sunday Comics

  • Free

Host Dave Lester snaps nearby residents out of their usual Sunday rituals by offering a parade of comedians at this comfy neighborhood joint.

  1. Mo's Bar & Lounge 80 Lafayette Ave, between South Elliott Pl and South Portland Ave, 11217
  2. Sun Sep 21
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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 22
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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 22
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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 Sep 22
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Sack Magic

  • Free

Comics Louis Katz and Grant Gordon collect some of their favorite stand-ups at this weekly Williamsburg happening. In case the title didn't clue you in, bawdy jokes are on the menu.

  1. Legion 790 Metropolitan Ave, at Humboldt St
  2. Mon Sep 22
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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 22
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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 22
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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 23
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Joseph S

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