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The best comedy shows in NYC

The best comedy shows in NYC include stand-up by heavy-hitters and up-and-coming funny people.

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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If you're looking for the best things to do in NYC, heading to one of the city's best comedy shows is always a good idea, after all, New Yorkers have the best sense of humor. 

Check out these festivals, exciting one-off shows as well as the usual slate of weekly and monthly shows. Plus, make sure to get out to the best comedy clubs in NYC which feature some of the city’s best. 

Go get your laugh on!

Best comedy in NYC this week

  • Comedy
  • Red Hook

Have some laughs with your ice cream! Nick Hopping and Samantha Freeman host a stand-up show every week at Ample Hills that you'll want to attend because each ticket comes with ice cream. It sounds like a cool time to us. Head to Ample Hills Red Hook at 8pm on Wednesdays, and Ample Hills Gowanus at 7 and 8:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays

  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
  • Williamsburg

Catch a free comedy show at Gerti's covered back patio. Comedians Natasha Vaynblat (Comedy Central), CJ Hunt (The Daily Show), and James Hamilton (the Moth) host this weekly standup show full of NYC's best comedians, including Kenice Mobley (Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Dylan Adler (Hulu), Ashley Brooke Roberts (NPR's Ask Me Another) and Sam Evans (Just for Laughs). Gertie will be releasing a brand new menu of bar snacks and drinks for the event.

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  • Comedy
  • Williamsburg

Looking for some hilarious free fun this summer? Every Tuesday night at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, the “The Biggest Little Venue in NYC”, comedy fans can gather for a free show at 7pm! The lineups change weekly and can be found on the show’s Instagram and Facebook pages. For the safety of both the performers and the audience, proof of full vaccination is required for attendance. A full-service bar will be available with drinks and snacks for purchase throughout the show. 

  • Theater
  • Circuses & magic
  • Midtown West

Once a week, after closing time, 10 people convene at the city’s oldest magic shop, Tannen’s, for a cozy evening of prestidigitation by the young and engaging Noah Levine. The shelves are crammed with quirky devices; there's a file cabinet behind the counter, a mock elephant in the corner and bins of individual trick instructions in plastic covers, like comic books or sheet music. The charm of Levine's show is in how well it fits the environment of this magic-geek chamber of secrets. As he maneuvers cards, eggs, cups and balls with aplomb, he talks shop, larding his patter with tributes to routines like the Stencel Aces and the Vernon Boat Trick—heirlooms of his trade that he gently polishes and displays for our amazement.

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
  • Williamsburg

Whether you're visiting town and looking for laughs or a jaded New Yorker who needs a break, you can count on Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner to deliver excellent comedy at this free weekly Williamsburg stand-up night. Join a wide range of diverse, accomplished comedians many of whom you've seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Central and Late Night with Stephen Colbert for a night of comedic revelry!

  • Comedy
  • Comedy

The week-long festival will take place from November 8-14, and is set to feature some of the most exciting voices in comedy right now.  Some top names from this year’s lineup includes Vir Das, Tim Dillon, Colin Quinn, Michelle Wolf, Norm MacDonald, Megan Stalter, Ronny Chieng, Jon Lovett’s Lovett or Leave It, Smart Funny & Black Live, Nick Kroll, Alok, Marc Maron, Brian Regan, Gary Gulman, Bill Maher, Michelle Buteau, Andrew Santino and more. The lineup was introduced in a video posted to social media featuring various essential workers, including firefighters, food cart workers, and medical staff, from across New York City. 

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets starting August 18 at 11am until August 22 at 10pm. Tickets for all shows go on sale for the general public starting August 23 at 10am.

Check out some highlights from this year's festival below and the full lineup can be found here.

 

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