The best free comedy shows in NYC

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

We know; we’re biased. But with venerable institutions such as Carolines on Broadway and comedy-club-and-restaurant hybrid The Stand, it’s hard to argue the fact that NYC remains the best place to see live comedy on the planet. In addition to big-ticket gigs, you can catch plenty of free comedy shows below—be it a night of stand-up delivered by some of NYC’s best stand-up comedians or an evening of readings at some of the best storytelling shows in New York City—without spending a dime.

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Live from Outer Space

Critics' pick

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

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The Cobra Club, Bushwick Until Friday December 25 2015 Free

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

Critics' pick

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress—who fans will recognize as Broad City's Lincoln—introduces fellow stand-ups.

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Knitting Factory, Williamsburg Until Sunday December 27 2015 Free

Frantic!

Critics' pick

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

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The Stand, Gramercy & Flatiron Until Monday December 28 2015 Free

Hot Soup!

Critics' pick

From what we can tell, maybe the only thing missing from this tasty stand-up show curated by Matt Ruby, Mark Normand and Gary Vider is actual soup.

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The Irish Exit, Midtown East Tuesday January 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015 Free

Whiplash

Critics' pick

This wildly popular show is known for its surprise special guests—comics like Chris Rock, David Cross and others have appeared.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Chelsea Tuesday January 27 2015 - Tuesday December 29 2015 Free

Big Terrific

Critics' pick

Though Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate have moved to L.A., remaining Big Terrific host Max Silvestri carries on the warm tradition of this Brooklyn mainstay. Each week, he welcomes great locals and big names from out of town.

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Cameo, Williamsburg Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015 Free

Gandhi, Is That You?

Critics' pick

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly that famous comedians like Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry often stop by.

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Lucky Jack’s, Lower East Side Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015 Free

The Sherry Vine Show

Critics' pick

New York drag institution and brilliant comedian Sherry Vine brings you her song parodies, viral videos and acid wit every week at this popular Hell's Kitchen drinkery.

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Industry Bar, Hell's Kitchen Wednesday January 28 2015 - Wednesday June 24 2015 Free

Secret Meeting

Critics' pick

Every week, Eli Yudin (SNL "Weekend Update" contributor) and Nick Mullen (Thought Catalog) host this stand-up showcase followed by karaoke.

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Pine Box Rock Shop, Bushwick Thursday January 29 2015 - Thursday October 8 2015 Free

Comedy as a Second Language

Critics' pick

Sean Patton's weekly show takes place in the back of an East Village dive bar, but don't be deceived by appearances: It's home to some of the best up-and-coming comics and is frequently visited by the biggest names in stand-up. Guests including Louis C.K., Bonnie McFarlane and Murderfist have dropped by.

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Kabin, East Village Thursday January 29 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015 Free

Creek Cave Live

Critics' pick

Peggy O'Leary hosts this touring show featuring the Creek and the Cave's favorite alternative stand-ups in NYC.

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Saturday January 31 2015 Free

Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

Critics' pick

There are no actual dudes in the traditional sense of the term at this comedy show: just ladies and gay men doing dudely comedy.

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Tuesday February 10 2015 Free

Creek Cave Live

Critics' pick

Peggy O'Leary hosts this touring show featuring the Creek and the Cave's favorite alternative stand-ups in NYC.

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Wednesday February 18 2015 Free

Creek Cave Live

Critics' pick

Peggy O'Leary hosts this touring show featuring the Creek and the Cave's favorite alternative stand-ups in NYC.

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Friday February 27 2015 Free

Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

Critics' pick

There are no actual dudes in the traditional sense of the term at this comedy show: just ladies and gay men doing dudely comedy.

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Tuesday March 10 2015 Free

Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

Critics' pick

There are no actual dudes in the traditional sense of the term at this comedy show: just ladies and gay men doing dudely comedy.

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Tuesday April 14 2015 Free

Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

Critics' pick

There are no actual dudes in the traditional sense of the term at this comedy show: just ladies and gay men doing dudely comedy.

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Tuesday May 12 2015 Free

Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

Critics' pick

There are no actual dudes in the traditional sense of the term at this comedy show: just ladies and gay men doing dudely comedy.

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Tuesday June 9 2015 Free
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Joseph S
Joseph S

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