Comedy Cellar

Comedy , Comedy clubs Greenwich Village
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 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Comedy Cellar

 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin

Comedy Cellar

Claustrophobes, beware: It gets crowded down here, especially on weekends, thanks to the immense popularity of this Village standby. Big names from Louis CK to Aziz Ansari will just drop by for a set and on any given night, you can expect to see other local greats whose acts are more X-rated than at other clubs (and who will distract you from your bachelorette-partying neighbors).

Venue name: Comedy Cellar
Address: 117 MacDougal St
New York

Cross street: between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 9, 11pm; Fri 9, 10:45pm, 12:30am; Sat 7:30, 9:15, 11pm, 12:45am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Cover: $10-$15, two-drink minimum. Average drink: $7. AmEx, MC, V
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Anna H

The Comedy Cellar is a must-do for anyone with the slightest interest in stand up. The best time to go is Sunday-Wednesday during the latest show of the evening. This is when big stars drop in unannounced and for a low price of $14 + 2 drink min. I've seen Aziz Ansari, Trevor Noah, Dave Chapelle, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Judd Apatow! Every show is great, regardless of if a big name drop in appears. There are usually about 5 acts in each show and I have never left disappointed.

This is the #1 thing on my list when I have visitors in town as well. It's the perfect price and perfect New York experience complete with celebrity sightings and foul jokes in a cozy underground club.

Zach L

The Comedy Cellar is uncomfortable for audience members and, I assume, for comics. The small, cramped subterranean space is the kind of venue that seems like a bad idea. But the communal atmosphere is inexplicably intoxicating (the two drink minimum helps with that, too). It's the only place in the world where you can see folks like Aziz Ansari and Louis CK in a room that holds less that 100 people. Come for the forced intimacy, history and big names—you'll forget about the minor inconveniences once the show starts.


The Comedy Cellar gets a lot of crap from people for being a cramped old basement that smells like spilled beer. The aforementioned people clearly failed to see the word "cellar" right in the name. The Comedy Cellar is a New York City institution, albeit a sorta dirty one. But you're not going there to sample their tasting menu while you try your best not to put your elbows on the white tablecloth. 

You're going there because after 35 years it's still putting up some of the most talented comedians in town. And for the off chance that you duck in on a random Tuesday and who shows up to test new material for two hours but AZIZ ANSARI AND AMY SCHUMER.

Holy shit that was an awesome night.  

Chloe W

While the Comedy Cellar attracts amazing talent and offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with your comedy heroes, the space makes it difficult to enjoy a show in.  I got the chance to see Dave Chappelle perform stand-up (which, I admit - was awesome), but the expensive mandatory drink minimum was annoying and having the waitstaff weave in between tables that were already pressed together was really distracting. The Cellar is a great spot to see somebody specific, but it's not built for frequent visits.