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Comedy Cellar

Comedy, Comedy clubs Greenwich Village
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica LinComedy Cellar
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica LinComedy Cellar

Time Out says

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).



Address: 117 MacDougal St
New York

Cross street: between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
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
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 9, 11pm; Fri 9, 10:45pm, 12:30am; Sat 7:30, 9:15, 11pm, 12:45am
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Users say (6)

4 out of 5 stars
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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.  


Went here for the first time two weeks ago and saw Michael Che. I love the way it's set up, because there's not a bad spot in the house. Also I love how prompt the waiter service is and they have snacks. Super fast and easy line, clean bathrooms and theres no service in the basement (which really forces you to pay attention). I definitely will come back, plus there's tons of cool spots in the area to go to a drink or dinner afterwards. 


A must do when in New York! Great vibe at the Comedy Cellar, I haven't been lucky enough to see any big names there but the line up usually guarantees some laughs and a good night out! There is usually about 5 acts which means the night doesn't drag, its best to book well in advance for the later time slots. 


Comedy Cellar is always so much fun. There's plenty of shows throughout the week, starting earlier in the evening to late in the night. Even big celebs like Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Dave Chapelle, etc make appearances here just to see comedians and enjoy a night out. And the tickets are cheap - about $12, and then you have to buy at least 2 drinks while there (but they don't have to be alcoholic...they can be coffee, tea, etc.). I'm looking forward to coming back and seeing another great show!

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.


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.

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