Claustrophobes, beware: It gets crowded down here, especially on weekends, thanks to the immense popularity of this Village standby. Big names from Amy Schumer to Aziz Ansari will 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|
117 MacDougal St
|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|
|Do you own this business?|
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.
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.