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The best comedy shows in NYC this week
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The best comedy shows in NYC this week

Want to be in the cult of comedy? These get-downs at comedy clubs in NYC feature some of the city’s best and most diverse comedians taking the stage and doing what they do best. So whether you’re into regular open-mic nights or insane sketch comedy, we’ve got you covered. Some of the best NYC comedy podcast stars are known to make surprise appearances at these shows, so keep your eyes open…

The best comedy shows in NYC this month
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The best comedy shows in NYC this month

Sure, you could stay home and watch the best stand-up comedians’ specials, or you could head out to the best comedy clubs in NYC and see some world-class performances in person. Below you’ll find our picks of the absolute best shows happening this month, from improv to open mic nights and everything in-between. RECOMMENDED: Complete comedy shows in NYC guide

The best comedy shows by women in NYC
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The best comedy shows by women in NYC

The days of schlubby male stand-ups in sweatpants complaining about their girlfriends are (hopefully) over, at least in NYC. Women-identifying, trans and nonbinary performers have taken over NYC's best comedy clubs, and we couldn't be happier.  Here's our handy guide for shows going down in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. 

The best comedy clubs in NYC
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The best comedy clubs in NYC

Some of the best comedians in the world call NYC home, and whether you're seeing them in Manhattan clubs or Bushwick dive bars, you're guaranteed to be blown away. Here's our rundown of the venues where you can see the best comedy in NYC this month.

Sydnee Washington revisits her years as a hard-partying bottle girl
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Sydnee Washington revisits her years as a hard-partying bottle girl

Sydnee Washington may be one of NYC’s most in-demand stand-ups, but living the dream isn’t always lucrative. In her one-woman show, Death of a Bottle Girl, the ferociously funny cohost of The Unofficial Expert podcast returns to the wild decade she spent as a high-earning cocktail server.

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Comedy at Stonewall: Hot Lesbian Show
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Comedy at Stonewall: Hot Lesbian Show

The lovely duo of Chrissie Mayr and Oscar Aydin host this long-running showcase of dope queer and queer-appealing comics at the historic Stonewall. This month the show presents its third annual tribute to ladies who love ladies. On the lineup: Tina Barro, Whitney Chanel Clark, Claudia Cogan, Veronica Garza and Paris Sashay.

Better Days Comedy
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Better Days Comedy

Count on Pete DeAbreu to shut it down at this weekly Lower East Side gig, featuring DJ Juanyto spinning hip-hop and R&B. In addition to his wild Wednesday night gig, DeAbreu throws a lit Memorial Day party, featuring co-host Cipha Sounds, DJ Frei and a joyous after party. It's guaranteed that some very special guests will drop in for the special holiday event, so don't miss it. 

Jenna & Aileen Think You're Great
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Jenna & Aileen Think You're Great

Come through, queens! If your dreary winter needs a shot of sunshine, look to the joyous duo of Jenna Marucci and Aileen Clark for a reliably good time at this monthly storytelling show. Each edition features a host of hilarious guests speaking to a new theme, like "Whitney Houston's National Anthem" or the Linda Belcher–inspired “Pass the Cranberry Sauce.” July's Born in the U.S.A. edition invites storytellers to share twisted turns on national pride. 

Uptown Thursday Nights
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Uptown Thursday Nights

Atlanta-bred badass Aminah Imani reigns supreme at this long-running weekly comedy showcase. Get down to sets from a well-curated lineup of new faces and old favorites, and don't miss the chance to see Imani tear it up live.

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Sydnee Washington revisits her years as a hard-partying bottle girl
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Sydnee Washington revisits her years as a hard-partying bottle girl

Sydnee Washington may be one of NYC’s most in-demand stand-ups, but living the dream isn’t always lucrative. In her one-woman show, Death of a Bottle Girl, the ferociously funny cohost of The Unofficial Expert podcast returns to the wild decade she spent as a high-earning cocktail server. 

Stand-up Kate Wolff launches her rap video Labia Game and her album 11:11
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Stand-up Kate Wolff launches her rap video Labia Game and her album 11:11

Stand-up comedian. Single Mom. Healer. Tarot reader. And now...rapper? As Kate Wolff triumphantly launches her hilarious, totally-empowering rap video "Labia Game," along with her debut stand-up album 11:11, the goddess of dirty comedy tells us about her journey from telling jokes to spitting flow. 

Joel Kim Booster on dating fans and his new comedy album Model Minority
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Joel Kim Booster on dating fans and his new comedy album Model Minority

When it comes to hustling, nobody does it like Joel Kim Booster. You can often see the sharp and shady stand-up—who just released a Comedy Central special and the album Model Minority—at multiple venues every night, making merciless observations on race, politics and the secrets of his sex life. 

The best NYC comedy podcasts
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The best NYC comedy podcasts

Some of the funniest up-and-coming New York comedians are throwing down on these outrageous podcasts 

LGBTQ POC comedians we're obsessed with right now
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LGBTQ POC comedians we're obsessed with right now

As the power dynamics of the comedy world shift towards balance, inclusivity and creativity, NYC is once again pumping fresh blood into the scene. Get to know these acts before they become superstars. 

Sex tips from Never Sleep Alone's Dr. Alex Schiller
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Sex tips from Never Sleep Alone's Dr. Alex Schiller

Meet Dr. Alex Schiller, the mad sexual-genius alter ego of immersive comedian Roslyn Hart and host of Never Sleep Alone at Joe's Pub