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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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 Oct 24 - Fri Dec 26
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Week at the Creek: Colin Quinn

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  • Free

The Brooklyn-born comedy veteran returns to take over the Creek, just like he did before taking his show "Unconstitutional" on tour.

  1. The Creek and the Cave 10-93 Jackson Ave, at 11th St, 11101
  2. Sun Oct 26 - Sat Nov 1
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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 Oct 26 - Sun Dec 28
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Frantic!

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  • 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 Oct 27 - 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 been running 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 Oct 27 - Mon 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 Oct 28 - 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 Oct 29 - Wed Dec 31
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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 Oct 29 - Wed Dec 31
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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 Oct 30 - Thu Oct 8
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Comedy as a Second Language

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  • Free

Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway welcome stand-up comics to the stage in this weekly show.

  1. Kabin 92 Second Ave, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Thu Dec 25
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Joseph S

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