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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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.Read more