Fall’s top comedy shows

Don’t miss the season's big festivals or shows from stand-ups including Jerry Seinfeld.

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  • Bridget Everett

    Bridget Everett

    Bridget Everett
  • Godfrey

    Photograph: Fernando Leon

    Godfrey

    Godfrey
  • Sarah Silverman at BAM

    Photograph: Blake McElrath

    Sarah Silverman at BAM

    Sarah Silverman at BAM
  • Photograph: David Andrako

    Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

  • Photograph: Frank Micelotta

    Amy Schumer

  • Photograph: Kevin Yatarola

    Never Sleep Alone

  • Photograph: Brian Friedman

    Bill Burr

  • Janeane Garofalo

    Janeane Garofalo

    Janeane Garofalo
  • Todd Barry

    Photograph: Fernando Leon

    NEW YORK, NY- DECEMBER 1: Comedian Todd Barry performing onstage during the One Hour Comedy Central Special taping at the Gramercy Theatre on December 1st, 2011 in New York City. ..(Fernando Leon/PictureGroup), Todd Barry

    Todd Barry
  • Paul F. Tompkins

    Seth Olenick

    Paul F. Tompkins

    Paul F. Tompkins
  • Improvised Shakespeare Company

    Photograph: Ari Scott

    The Improvised Shakespeare Company

    Improvised Shakespeare Company
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    Jerry Seinfeld

  • Photograph: Clay Patrick McBride

    Lewis Black

  • 832.otc.wyattcenac

    Photograph: Seth Olenick

    Wyatt Cenac

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  • Julie Klausner

    Photograph: Mindy Tucker

    Julie Klausner

    Julie Klausner
  • Photograph: Eric Leibowitz/FX

    Louis C.K. on Louie

  • Kara Klenk

    Photograph: Courtesy Kara Klenk

    Kara Klenk

    Kara Klenk
  • Alec Baldwin

    Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

    Alec Baldwin
  • Photograph: Hannibal Matthews

    Kevin Hart headlines Madison Square Garden as part of the New York Comedy Festival

  • Photograph: Tony Lyon

    Billy Connolly

Bridget Everett

Bridget Everett

We recommend moving fast if you want to snag tickets to this fall’s top comedy shows. The New York Comedy Festival and the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Brooklyn are guaranteed to sell out; but even if you miss those, there are plenty of other rib-tickling stand-up shows taking to enjoy this fall on New York’s stages to enjoy.


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Bridget Everett

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Bridget Everett (Our Hit Parade), the astonishing and totally fearless mama bear of alt cabaret, returns to Joe's Pub with her band, the Tender Moments. Her covers and standards are riotous, ridiculous and not to be missed.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Tue Jun 24
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Godfrey

  • Price band: 2/4
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Longtime club comic Godfrey has been inching his way toward greater success—he starred in a special last year, Black by Accident, and was recently featured on 30 Rock and Louie—but he continues to bring a naughty, impish glee to his stage sets.

  1. Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4
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Get It Out There

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  • 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. The first show of the fall is a big one: Host Nick Turner, Katina Corrao, the Lucas Brothers and Brent Sullivan will be joined by headliner Sarah Silverman.

  1. BAMcafé 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St
  2. Until Thu Apr 24
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The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival

  • Price band: 2/4
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This annual Kings County event, conceptualized by the titular Brooklyn comic, continues to be a fall highlight in the local comedy scene. The bells and whistles are still being affixed to this year’s fest; on Fri 24, supporters can attend Bring Your Checkbook (8:30pm; $25), a fund-raising show hosted by Mirman at the Bell House. But come September, fans can look forward to a curated series of goofy gimmicks; last year’s lineup included a petting zoo and an “awkward party bus.” Already on the bill are the popular StarTalk Live! podcast taping with Neil deGrasse Tyson (Sept 14) and an edition of Elna Baker and Kevin Townley’s Talent Show Saturday (Sept 15).

  1. Locations throughout Brooklyn
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Sep 21
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Amy Schumer

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This rising stand-up may have revealed her wicked smarts to the nation during last year’s Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen—viewers will recall a particularly biting joke involving Bruce Willis, Ashton Kutcher and various “slots”—but she’s been playing nasty quips against her Kewpie-doll cuteness for some time. More intriguing is how Schumer’s most recent act delves into her personal insecurities. But rest assured: Even as she explores gags about friends, men and growing older, she’s not above delivering a good tongue-lashing.

  1. Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sat Mar 16
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Never Sleep Alone

  • Price band: 2/4
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Highly talented character actor and cabaret belter Roslyn Hart—who has been playing shiraz-soaked, lovelorn Michelle Hoffman (a.k.a. Shells) for the past several years—introduces her new creation, "sexual psychologist" Dr. Alex Schiller. The doctor's goal: making sure the single people in the audience hook up with one another while getting them in the mood with a few choice tunes.

  1. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. Thu Sep 11
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Bill Burr

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

With his crackling energy, simmering rage and trademark “uninformed logic,” Burr is simply one of the best comics working. As his specials Why Do I Do This? and Let It Go attest, Burr is at his best when positing notions that no sane person could possibly agree with (at least not in public), and then winning the crowd over, joke by joke and laugh by laugh. He’s been nabbing more parts in films lately (such as the forthcoming Stand Up Guys with Al Pacino), but it hasn’t stopped him from maintaining a busy tour schedule, including a stop at Times Square’s biggest comedy club.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Until Fri Nov 8
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Uptown Showdown

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Two teams of comics and comic writers face off in a debate competition meant to settle age-old arguments, including whether pirates or ninjas would win in a brawl. As the performers take shots at each other and do untested material, the room gets charged (in the silliest way possible). The fall's first show includes appearances from Janeane Garofalo and Dave Hill.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Until Tue Mar 25
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Todd Barry

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Todd Barry has guest-starred on innumerable network and cable comedies, and been featured on almost every late-night talk show. His acerbic wit, deadpan delivery and wickedly smart punch lines will win you over, too.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Until Sat Jul 13
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The Thrilling Adventure Hour

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This L.A.-based comedy show is a big, boisterous spoof of old-time radio shows. The campy tales of hobos, robots and celebrities past (e.g., Amelia Earhart) feature soundtracks, sound effects and big-name performers hamming it up in the best sort of way. Tonight brings regular player Paul F. Tompkins, along with Paget Brewster, John Hodgman, Busy Philipps and James Urbaniak.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Fri Oct 11
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The Improvised Shakespeare Company

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The actors speak in faux-British accents, employ Elizabethan-era speech and play up any number of Shakespearean tropes, yet this hugely popular Chicago show is anything but gimmicky. Good improv rises above.

  1. Theatre 80 80 St. Marks Pl, between First and Second Aves
  2. Until Tue May 13
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Jerry Seinfeld

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Though it’s been 14 years since the end of his beloved “show about nothing,” the affable New Yorker thrills fans this fall with a return to both his comedic and geographic roots. This series of headlining shows will take place over five Thursday nights in October and November, and Seinfeld has come up with the perfect gimmick: There’s one in each borough. By the end of the run, we expect he’ll have mined enough area-specific faux pas to do another new hour of material.

  1. Locations throughout the city 2900 Campus Rd, at Hillel Pl, one block from junction of Flatbush and Nostrand Aves
  2. Thu Nov 13
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Lewis Black: Running on Empty

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Whether he's barking, twitching or yowling in pain brought on by dim-witted leadership, one thing seems clear: Lewis Black was born ranting. This fall, he brings his fiery political fury to Broadway with a show whose title reflects the degree of Black's current frustrations.

  1. Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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Wyatt Cenac

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

A regular fixture on The Daily Show since 2008, Cenac gets away with a lot, couching a great deal of smarts in a restrained delivery. He's a fixture in small clubs around town, but to these big gigs he'll no doubt bring the A-game seen in his 2011 special, Comedy Person.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Until Wed Jan 22
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How Was Your Week? Live with Julie Klausner

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Comic and writer Julie Klausner sings, dances, raves and kvetches through this taping of her popular podcast, How Was Your Week? In a live setting, Klausner goes for the gusto with big numbers, guests and her musical director, Ted Leo—the nicest (and possibly funniest) man in rock.

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Until Wed Oct 30
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Louis C.K.

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C.K. is frustrated, candid, relentless and profoundly funny. His FX series Louis—a dark, cracked look at C.K.'s life in New York as a dad and stand-up—is currently one of the funniest, and strangely affecting, shows on TV. But see this comic in person as often as you can: He's amazing and only seems to get better.

  1. New York City Center 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Sat Oct 27 - Sun Oct 28
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The She-Devil Comedy Festival

  • Price band: 1/4

The ambitious people behind LIC's new Laughing Devil Comedy Club have organized their second stand-up competition in a year; this time, the comics are all women, and the prize is $2,000. Comics from across the country, including locals Kara Klenk and Carmen Lynch, vie for the prize.

  1. Various locations
  2. Sat Oct 26 - Sun Oct 27
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Selected Shorts: Comedy!

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This ongoing reading series, which usually features buttoned-down fiction performed in front of reserved crowds, loosens up for an evening to celebrate comic writing. The dry and reliably funny Alec Baldwin welcomes a few as-yet-unannounced performers to share bits of clever fiction, new and old.

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Until Wed Nov 28
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Kevin Hart

New York Comedy Festival

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The city’s largest stand-up celebration just gets bigger every year. This edition’s most-buzzed-about headliner has to be the confessional Kevin Hart, who’s playing a pair of shows at Madison Square Garden. But if you’d rather skip the tumult of the arena, check out solo shows, podcast tapings, a short-film contest, special editions of several local variety nights, and conversations with luminaries including Robin Williams and Ricky Gervais. nycomedyfestival.com. Times and prices vary.

  1. Locations throughout the city
  2. Wednesday, November 7 - Sunday, November 11, 2012

Billy Connolly: The Man Live

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

The raucous, shaggy-haired Scot doesn't visit much, but the wait is worth it. Even at the age of 69, he's got a wild, animated presence. His stories about life, getting older and the world's ills involve both pointed, political humor and ridiculous fart jokes.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Fri Dec 7 - Thu Dec 6
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