Best comedy in NYC this week
When done properly, stand-up comedy can be about so much more than just making people laugh. It can also be used as a cudgel against tyranny and injustice, the jokes we laugh at can make us look within and confront the thorny issues that rarely come up in polite conversation. When creating the concept for their bi-weekly comedy show Nervous Laughter, Sarah Harvard and Gene Meyer wanted to tap into this approach. Each show has a different theme (past themes include Green Card and Culture Class) and features an outstanding lineup of stand-ups exploring the topic. Ideally you'll laugh a lot, cringe a little and walk out of the room thinking.
In the beloved sketch-comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall, McDonald was the one with the curly brown hair, high voice and sweetly daffy demeanor. In this one-man show, he offers comic reflections on his career, his childhood with an alcoholic father and other major episodes from his life, joined by guitarist John Wlaysewski.
Each member of Six Foot Nothing is hilarious on their own, but when they get together their power to make you laugh increases exponentially. The show is hosted by Ian Fidance and will feature performances by Monroe Martin, Chloe Hilliard, Dave Temple, Menuhin Hart, Derek Gaines and Reggie Conquest. Come on out to Union Hall to watch as the group tapes the performance for a pilot, it's your chance to be part of a real-life laugh track!
Crushworthy comedians Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague host this mash-up party of stand-up and singing. Get down to high-energy sets from the city’s best acts, then hit the stage for an always-lit karaoke after-party. Your Pointer Sisters lyrics better be on point—this isn’t amateur hour!
Meghan O’Malley, Adrian Davidson and Brittanie Sheree invite comedians to Long Island City every week to try out their freshest material. Past guests have written for and appeared on Broad City, Master of None, The Daily Show and more. All of this for the economical price of "free."
Kara Klenk, a writer for Girl Code and Broad City, is the evil genius behind this popular weekly stand-up showcase. Each week features a different host and a killer lineup featuring some of NYC's most-renowned comics.
The Freestyle Comedy Show is the perfect way to kick off your week. Each Monday night producers Brendan Gay, Charles Engle and Santiago Angel put together a show featuring stand up comedians you'd recognize from Comedy Central, Netflix and the late night talk show circuit. For the miniscule price of $5 you'll be treated to a night of laughs with plenty of audience participation and a hook you won't see anywhere else—a rap battle that will leave your jaw on the ground.
Jo Firestone and her Rodney Dangerfield impersonator father, Fred, host this beloved competition, in which the first 18 individuals or duos to sign up at the door attempt to pun-up each other’s spontaneously-produced wordplay. Winners are determined by the Human Clap-O-Meter and go home with a Mystery Box prize. Get ready to laugh—and groan.
Butterboy Comedy has become one of the hottest regular comedy shows in NYC. Comedians Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins get together to host a killer lineup of stand-up talent every Monday night at Littlefield NYC. Alongside all of the laughs, is a soundtrack curated by Donwill. Check out Butterboy, the funniest thing to ever happen in Gowanus.
Abby Washuta invites you to this hang-out at New York Comedy Club East Village (every first Thursday) and at the Lantern (every third Thursday), where a solid line-up of stand-ups can always be expected. Look out for a raffle, and register early for a free margarita.
The sly and digressive comedian Jacqueline Novak Novak talks for nearly 90 minutes about blow jobs, discussing men’s strangely shy appendage, the vulva and her own winding path towards full oral confidence. This winning show does what the best comedy can do: It changes the conversation. Chevy Chase made Gerald Ford permanently seem like a bumbling yo-yo; Novak does the same for the D.
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. Stay sharp and look fresh. You're about to witness the best night of comedy in New York.
Deal with your dating hang-ups front and center at this live romantic experiment. Two New Yorkers will be paired on-stage for a blind date, and you get to join in on the magic (or the meltdown).
Twin brothers and vaudeville aficionados Max and Nicky Weinbach bring class back to the comedy scene at their monthly affair, at which stand-ups and musical performers dress up and serve their best sets.
This free weekly getdown from Carolyn Busa, Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman and Emily Winter is a reliable night for solid laughs and surprise stars in Crown Heights.
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 East Village stand-up night. Look out for some of our favorite all-star performers to hit up the low-key show.
Four friends explore the history of brunch and the cocktails associated with it in a musical companion piece to Anthony Caporale's popular A Spirited History of Drinking, formerly known as The Imbible. The score is by Josh Erlich; Carorale wrote the book, and codirects the show with Nicole DiMattei. Admission includes a modest brunch and three complimentary cocktails, so arrive half an hour early to take full advantage.
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.
Thrice a week, after closing time, 20 people crowd into the city’s oldest magic shop, Tannen’s, for a cozy evening of prestidigitation by the young and engaging Noah Levine. 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.