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

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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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Comedy at the Knitting Factory

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  • Free

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

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Sun Dec 27
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Frantic!

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  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Aaron Berg, 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 Dec 22 - Mon Dec 29
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Whiplash

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  • Free

This wildly popular show, started by Leo Allen and adopted by Aparna Nancherla, has run for more than five years and been home to the best up-and-comers and biggest names in comedy.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 29
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Hot Soup!

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  • Free

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.

  1. The Irish Exit 978 Second Ave, between 51st and 52nd Sts, 10022
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Tue Dec 30
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Big Terrific

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  • Free

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.

  1. Cameo 93 North 6th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave, 11211
  2. Wed Dec 24 - Wed Dec 30
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Gandhi, Is That You?

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  • Free

Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss invite comedy fans into the bar's basement each week for this friendly stand-up show.

  1. Lucky Jack’s 129 Orchard St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Wed Dec 24 - Wed Dec 30
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The Sherry Vine Show

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  • Free

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.

  1. Industry Bar 355 W 52nd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Wed Dec 24 - Wed Jun 24
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Secret Meeting

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  • Free

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

  1. Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan St, between Bogart St and Morgan Ave, 11206
  2. Thu Dec 25 - Thu Oct 8
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Comedy as a Second Language

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  • Free

Even though this weekly show started by Sean Patton lives in the back of an East Village dive bar, it has been called home by the best local up-and-coming comics and is frequently visited by today's biggest names in stand-up.

  1. Kabin 92 Second Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Thu Dec 25 - Thu Dec 31
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Live from Outer Space

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  • 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 Dec 26 - Fri Dec 25
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Murderfist’s New Year

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  • Free

No-holds-barred sketch troupe Murderfist returns to deliver their annual New Year's event. The night will be filled with performances from local sketch groups and stand-ups. After the laughs, there's a champagne toast at midnight. Be ready for

  1. The Creek and the Cave 10-93 Jackson Ave, at 11th St, 11101
  2. Wed Dec 31
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Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

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  • Free

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

  1. Over the Eight 594 Union Ave, between Bayard and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue Jan 13
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Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

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  • Free

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

  1. Over the Eight 594 Union Ave, between Bayard and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue Feb 10
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Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

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  • Free

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

  1. Over the Eight 594 Union Ave, between Bayard and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue Mar 10
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Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Over the Eight 594 Union Ave, between Bayard and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue Apr 14
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Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Over the Eight 594 Union Ave, between Bayard and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue May 12
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Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

  • Critics choice
  • Free

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

  1. Over the Eight 594 Union Ave, between Bayard and Richardson Sts, 11211
  2. Tue Jun 9
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