The best comedy shows in NYC this week

Hit the best stand-up, improv and sketch comedy shows going down in NYC every day this week
Shayna Blass
Photograph: Courtesy Katie Ryan Shayna Blass
By David Goldberg
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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…

Best comedy in NYC this week

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Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak
Comedy

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

icon-location-pin Knitting Factory, Williamsburg
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Forget Game of Thrones, forget laundry night, forget your dayjob in the morning: Sunday nights now belong to Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani. The trio of stand-up supremes give you looks, life and a top-tier comedy showcase every week—and there isn't even cover! Stay sharp and look fresh—you're about to witness the best night of comedy in New York. 

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Mark Vigeant
Comedy

Internet Explorers

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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Wickedly funny web goon Mark Vigeant invites you into a world of gut-busting HTML nonsense as he builds a bizarre website for his favorite funny guests. February's "Online Dating" edition boasts Marcia Belsky, Jenny Nelson, Dan Fox and OK Cupid researcher Lindsay Ferris. 

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Jonathan Zeller
Comedy, Stand-up

The Good Dog Show: A Dog-Friendly Comedy Show

icon-location-pin DSK Kaffee, Fort Greene
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Pups are welcome at this stand-up show at a "barkeasy" in Brooklyn, which happens to features a consistently-excellent lineup. Caitlin Peluffo, Conner O'Malley, Nore Davis, Matt Koff, Abby Rosenquist and host Jonathan Zeller are sure to get tails wagging.  

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Meaghan Strickland and Zach Zimmerman
Comedy

Tiny Comedy Hour

icon-location-pin Improv Asyulm New York, Chelsea
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Pro stand-up and master of crowdwork Zach Zimmerman welcomes you to his throne room, where you'll encounter all sorts of jewels from the worlds of comedy, drag and beyond. He's joined by Matt Bellassai, Carly Moseley, Sydney Washington, Andrew Barbato and Adele Computer.

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Anya Volz
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

Thirst Trap with Anya Volz

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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At this brand-new showcase, the razor-sharp Anya Volz presides over a changing lineup of the city's finest acts, with DJ Max Ogle setting the scene.

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Emily Wilson
Photograph: Courtesy Mike Lavin
Comedy

The Emily Wilson Show

icon-location-pin Better Days, Lower East Side
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Musical comedy dynamo Emily Wilson invites you to get down to a jam-packed, rowdy night of songs and stand-up at Better Days. Joining her for the always-lit show are Brendan Sagalow, Caitlin Peluffo and Emily Wilson. 

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Steve Jeanty and Maria DeCotis
Comedy

Jack's Fruit

icon-location-pin Club Cumming, East Village
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Maria DeCotis and Steve Jeanty invite rappers and comedians to shut down Club Cumming at their joyous mash-up show. They’re joined by stand-ups Eman El-Husseini, Boris Khaykin, Julian Williams, Carmen Christopher and Abigail Hess and rappers Carlos the 5th and Lil Frex.

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John Trowbridge
Photograph: Courtesy Sandy Honig
Comedy

Inner Beauty at Beauty Bar

icon-location-pin Beauty Bar, Gramercy
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Stand-up femmebot Mary Beth Barone and number one angel John Trowbridge team up for this monthly getdown. February's lineup boasts drag diva Golden Delicious and comicss Jess Solomon, Evan Williams and Jay Jurden. 

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Comedy, Storytelling

TALE: NYC's Finest Storytelling

icon-location-pin Red Room, East Village
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Show up for first-class yarn spinning at gonzo political comedian Harmon Leon's storytelling night, which regularly features folks from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central and VICE. This time, he welcomes Martin Dockery, Danny Forster, Bridget O'Neill and musician Jen Kwok to the Red Room stage.     

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Tim Dunn
Photograph: Courtesy Sarah Jenkins Photography
LGBT

Queerball

icon-location-pin SubCulture, East Village
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Tim Dunn, gay comedy's burgeoning papa bear, welcomes LGBTQ performers from across the spectrum to his magical kingdom of funny delights. Witness musical comedy, stand-up, contortionism, improv and drag, and, if you're feeling brave, join Dunn onstage for a wild time of your own. 

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North Coast
Photograph: Courtesy James Robilotta
Comedy, Musical

Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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If you think about it, history is a bit like a word in a Rick Ross rhyme: It tends to repeat itself. That’s not the only thing history and rap have in common at this hilarious show, inspired by that other hip-hop musical. Hip-hop improv group North Coast invites audience members to suggest a favorite historical figure—be it Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bea Arthur or beyond—then performs a fully improvised and factually accurate musical based on that person’s life.

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Katie Hartman and David Carl
Photograph: Courtesy Jeanette Sears
Comedy

David and Katie Get Re-Married

icon-location-pin Kraine Theater, East Village
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Master performers Katie Hartman and David Carl light wedding culture ablaze at their live, totally wild matrimonial comedy show. Sit back and watch as the two powerhouses turn their romantic duel into an explosive stage experiment. 

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Joe Castle Baker and Max Wittert
Comedy

Get Reel

icon-location-pin Spectacle Theater, Williamsburg
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At their monthly show, scream queens Max Wittert and Joe Castle Baker invite comedians to provide live, totally bananas voice overs for movie clips. February's "Reel Love" edition unites lovelorn suitors Brett-Kevin Montague (Baker) and Flagg Capulet (Wittert) on the reality show The Bachelors. They're joined by Julio Torres, Jack Bensinger, Rachel Sennott, Marie Faustin and Arti Gollapudi. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Nothing Important!

icon-location-pin Friends and Lovers, Crown Heights
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Join Kenice Mobley, Daniel Raderstrong and Fumi Abe on the last Friday of every month for this excellent comedy showcase. After the show, performers get the weekend started by joining the audience for a lively afterparty. The best part? It's free.

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Tessa Skara
Comedy

Tessa Skara: High Notes

icon-location-pin Cloud City, Williamsburg
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Tessa Skara takes leave of her duties as intergalactic hard rock superstar and rockets down to Brooklyn for this banging queer variety show. Blast off to life-affirming musical comedy from Skara's well-curated assembly of stars. This month's lineup is about as high-impact as it gets, with Marcia Belsky, Mila Myles, Zach Zimmerman, Fareeha Khan and DJ Open Relationship tearing up the stage. Geronimo! 

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Larry Owens
Photograph: Courtesy Cate Hellman
Comedy

Larry's Musical Breakdown

icon-location-pin Caveat, Lower East Side
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Though Larry Owens intends to musically break down some of your favorite ballads and bangers, it's likely he'll lose his mind giving you life at this totally lit stage bonanza. Along with guests Liza Treyger, Marie Faustin, Pooja Reddy, Marcia Belsky, Kiko and Tuna, and the band Heroine, the high-drama, unstoppable stage presence serves diva worship, dancing and wicked arrangements for his own entertainment. Owens could wake the dead with his god-given talent; he's certain to make a lifelong fan of you within seconds.

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Anita Flores, Vanessa Valerio
Photograph: Courtesy Tine DiLucia
Comedy, Stand-up

Party of Two

icon-location-pin The Pleasure Chest, Lenox Hill
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Dating in New York isn't always as darling as it seems in the movies. Fortunately, the ferocious duo of Vanessa Valerio and Anita Flores have arrived to reclaim justice for survivors of grim Grindr encounters, pitiful Tinder dates and merciless ghostings. The February edition packs a killer lineup, with Calvin Cato, Chanel Ali, Arti Gollapudi, Gianmarco Soresi and Philip Markle sharing stories. 

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Lucas Connolly and Jenni Walkowiak
Photograph: Courtesy Yoko Haraoka
Comedy, Stand-up

Camouflage Comedy

icon-location-pin Big Irv's, Williamsburg
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The always-charming Lucas Connolly beats his weekend competition by offering guests free pizza and beer, along with some fantastic stand-up. January's edition features free candy and sets from Aparna Nancherla, Ophira Eisenberg, Emmy Blotnick, Shalewa Sharpe, Corinne Fisher, Gary Vider and Patrick Schroeder. 

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Jenny Gorelick, Addie Weyrich
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

Jenny's Birthday Variety Show

icon-location-pin Union Hall, Park Slope
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Leading a new generation of well-adjusted, no-drama comedians in NYC’s golden age are Jenny Gorelick and Addie Weyrich, two theater goons with hearts of gold and a trick bag of of dance moves. At this bonkers monthly birthday party, the frighteningly upbeat goofballs go all out with songs, costumes, schtick and guests from the worlds of stand-up, musical comedy and drag. For the outrageous clubbing edition, they're joined by Charlie Bardey, Jordan Jensen, Usama Siddique, Rachel Sennott, Patrick Davis and DJ Mamoudou N'Diaye.

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Shayna Blass
Photograph: Courtesy Katie Ryan
Comedy

Basement Social

icon-location-pin Manhattanville Coffee, Harlem
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Support your local diva! Salty siren Shayna Blass and pianist Dan Garmon take over Manhattanville for this high-impact cabaret comedy fantasy, and all you have to do is sit back and marvel. Grab a beer and rejoice as Larry Owens, Arti Gollapudi, Sophie Santos, Florrie Bagel and Antony Cherrie join in on the big-band shenanigans.   

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