The city's No. 1 improv theater attracts actual celebrities to perform at its shows—ASSSSCAT 3000 on Sundays and hip-hop improv show Take It Personal on Fridays are particularly star-heavy—but even on those rare occasions when you don't recognize the performers, it's close to guaranteed that it will be funny thanks to the theater's ultra-codified teaching system ($400–$475 for eight classes). Alumni of the theater, co-founded by Amy Poehler, include Silicon Valley's Zach Woods, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer from Broad City and numerous Saturday Night Live cast members.
These are the city’s top five comedy clubs for improv, whether you want to spend a night cracking up at the funniest New Yorkers or get onstage yourself, you brave soul. With spur-of-the-moment jokes and teamwork between comedian casts, a show at an improv comedy club is a one-of-a-kind experience. Just remember the things not to do at a comedy show—interrupting a comedian will never go well, we promise. Just sit back and enjoy the improv show.