The Best Shows in Manhattan
Liz Magee and her crew of very funny women give male-starring (and often overrated) movies their own spin in this hilarious and ingenious sketch show. Show up to watch some of the city's top comics rip apart beloved patriarchal films from every generation, with plenty of digs into the male buffoons of the current political and cultural era. What's not to love?
Skip the dark comedy club and head to a stylish sex shop for Natalie Wall's always-dope, perfectly curated sex storytelling show, which offers cringe-inducing, heartbreaking and gut-busting tales every month. Joining Wall for some drinks and stories are Ophira Eisenberg and Nore Davis. Audience members get a 15% discount on Pleasure Chest merch—so the fun won't stop when the show is over.
The lovely duo of Chrissie Mayr and Oscar Aydin host this long-running showcase of dope queer and queer-appealing comics at the historic Stonewall. This month the show presents its third annual tribute to ladies who love ladies. On the lineup: Tina Barro, Whitney Chanel Clark, Claudia Cogan, Veronica Garza and Paris Sashay.
Welcome to the cult of Amanda Duarte. The dark queen of satire assembles her own team of creative freedom fighters at this monthly forum for scrapped projects, cut pieces and lost art. For the September edition, head to the stunning Judson Memorial Church to catch one-time-only readings and rants from the matchlessly incendiary Duarte and a sharp lineup of guests.
Betsy Kenney and Dara Katz have liberated themselves from the opinions of peers and friends, and at their unbeatable new show, they ask you to do the same. They welcome comedians, dancers and drag queens to share in some blissful, cathartic confidence-building, with liquid confidence from the bar’s menu of signature margaritas.
Mary Cella and Janet Hyde take over Tip Top bar for a night of confident, uproarious stand-up with their very funny friends. Look out for bizarre prize giveaways, excellent drink specials and hilarious sets from Karolena Teresa, Andrew Collin, Tommy McNamara, Napoleon Emill and Mary Houlihan.
This free monthly show hosted by Katie Compa and Mindy Raf has a very nerdy premise: set lengths follow the Fibonacci sequence (five, eight, thirteen and twenty-one minutes). August boasts another killer show, with NPR darling Ophira Eisenberg.
The fabulously funny Liz Barrett combines an incredible mix of pros and up-and-coming comedians at her long-running show.
Sydnee Washington and Marie Faustin— two of our favorite comedians in NYC and cohosts of podcast The Unofficial Expert—round up their funniest friends to dress up and get down at this stand-up showcase on the last Wednesday of the month.
A good performer bears her soul in an an honest and engaging way. A great performer does it while making her audience feel like family. Make no mistake: Christi Chiello is a great performer. The champion of crowd-work takes you through her personal saga of tempestuous lust, bizarre gigs and complex relations with Jesus. You'll be a happier person for seeing this show.
Dating in New York isn't always as darling as it seems in the movies. Fortunately, the ferocious duo of Vanessa Valerio and Anita Flores have arrived to reclaim justice for survivors of grim Grindr encounters, pitiful Tinder dates and merciless ghostings.
Every month, two of our most beloved comedic minds craft a mysterious new night of deranged performances at the legendary Slipper Room, leading us to ask...what madness awaits at the Bongo Hour? Smith and Honig are joined by silky-smooth musical director Ben Moss for this off-the-wall night of comedy, variety, music and dance breaks.
Liz Magee and Melissa Aquiles hold court at adult toy shop The Pleasure Chest in this dope monthly show. Bring a drink and catch sets by Addie Weyrich, Samantha Ruddy, Isabel Hagen, George Civeris, Rebecca O'Neal and Suzy Swygert. Prepare to walk out with 15% discounted goodies.
As part of comedy trio Three Busy Debras—who took over Carnegie Hall in 2016 and will rule human civilization in an ideal future—Alyssa Stonoha has exhibited a brilliant eye for self-aware silliness. At this monthly night of nonsense, the bleak and brilliant creator curates comedians, singers and all sorts of wild acts on the UCB East stage.
It's 2018 and late night comedy is somehow still populated with a bunch of straight white dudes in suits. Fortunately, the intrepid duo of X Mayo and Shenovia Large have arrived to blow up the game with this hilarious tour through comedy's great POC icons. Sit down and hush your mouth: School is in session!
The unstoppable showcase presents you with a brand new musical comedy spectacular written, produced and performed in one day entirely by performers of color. Count on a stellar show, with bites, brews and music going all night.
Robin Gelfenbien, the empress of salty storytelling, pairs all-star yarn-spinners with home-made ice cream cake at this popular monthly showcase. This edition features powerhouse comedian Gastor Almonte, three-time Moth Story SLAM winners Erin Barker and Colin Wilhm, Moth GrandSLAM champ Stacey Bader-Curry and, as always, Lactaid pills.
The Best Shows in Brooklyn
Anya Volz, Claire Parker and Blair Dawson team up every week for this totally nostalgic ’90s comedy show, featuring reminiscences on slap bracelets and jelly pens, trivia on cultural artifacts from Buffy to Xena, prize giveaways, and, of course, excellent stand-up.
Badass buddies Lacey Jeka and Kristen Buckels team up to support animal-rescue efforts and other nonprofits at their always-excellent variety showcase.
Halyard's brings you jokes from a bunch of very funny ladies at this free show brought to you by Naomi Karavani, Melissa Stokoski, Shelby Taylor and Erica Spera.
There's nary a sillier or sweeter duo in all of comedy than Sam Reece and Becky Chicoine, the sketch masters known as Girls with Brown Hair. Since 2011, the best buddies have torn through dozens of stages and hundreds of wigs in a peerless, fearless conquest of character comedy. They look back on their best (and most deranged) sketches at this special revue, featuring Amanda Giobbi and Kelley Quinn. Not to be missed!
You'll certainly be telling your grandchildren about the summer you caught Mitra Jouhari, Patti Harrison and Catherine Cohen live in Brooklyn—for only ten dollars. The untouchable, bi-coastal trio unites their powers of lacerating satire, catchy musical composition and astonishing self-awareness for this jumbo-sized event. Look out for subversive original songs, outrageous looks and a pantheon of hilarious guests. Snatch your tickets fast—you'll soon be out of chances to catch these three imminent icons on one stage.
Like a hilarious retrograde amnesiac, Jenny Gorelick thinks it's her birthday...every month. Celebrate with the chipper performer, co-host Addie Weyrich and an excellent lineup of comedians at this frighteningly-upbeat show featuring pizza, pajamas and live music.
We have good news. NYC's supreme sixsome of silliness—Kelly Cooper, Caitlin Dullea, Rachel Kaly, Maya Sharma, Caroline Yost and Sophie Zucker—are holding court monthly at the always-lit Brooklyn Comedy Collective. This month, the power posse throws a party chock-full of demented sketches, songs and sets, with an opening set from Meaghan Strickland. What's not to love?
They're taking over. Get used to it. Ferocious comedians Jess Salomon and Sophie Santos invite their fiercest queer friends to shut down Union Hall with unapologetic woman-oriented sets.
Anything goes at this variety show, at which demented characters, strange songs and nonsensical stand-up sets abound. Artist, video maker, surreal stand-up and indefatigably chill host Lorelei Ramirez reigns over the dark tidings, with comedy, video and music performances that you won't soon forget.
We defy you to not gush over Fareeha Khan. The always-game, razor-sharp stand-up invites an diverse array of performers to join her at Union Hall and share stories and sets of feeling excluded, isolated and on the margins.
Sharp writer, comic and musician Becca Beberaggi welcomes a well-curated lineup of comedians to share sets on their biggest issues. We have a feeling they won't be running out of material any time soon.
Israeli stand-up Noa Osheroff welcomes comedians who come from a vast range of backgrounds to share their experiences making it in America (and in the NYC comedy scene) at this darling monthly show.
Best buddies and very funny power duo Rachel Pegram and Rachel Joravsky return with another glorious tag-team show, this time at Union Hall. They're joined by Ana Fabrega, Sudi Green and Katie Hartman, with all proceeds benefitting Make the Road NY. You will laugh. You will dance. You will leave with two new comedy crushes.
At this popular and critically-acclaimed (or should we say, Super Liked?) show, host Lane Moore navigates Tinder onstage, messaging with help from other star comedians and writers. For this edition, Josh Gondelman, Jamilah Lemieux and Heben Nigatu assist Moore in her pursuit of love (by which we mean cringe-worthy moments and big laughs).
Poet and comedic maverick Arti Gollapudi takes aim at societal norms and body standards at her riotous monthly show. This time, the Handmaid's Tale: The Musical star is joined by Nore Davis, Milly Tamarez, Sophie Santos and Lena Einbinder for hilarious and creative sets and stories on self-image.
The Best Shows in Queens
Come through, queens! If your dreary day needs a shot of sunshine, look to the joyous duo of Jenna Marucci and Aileen Clark for a reliably good time at this monthly storytelling show. Each edition features a host of hilarious guests speaking to a new theme, like "Whitney Houston's National Anthem" or the Linda Belcher–inspired “Pass the Cranberry Sauce.”
All hail Abby Feldman, the intrepid stand-up who doles out advice from her bathtub on her addicting podcast and video series MOIST.
The hilarious Zoe Yellen turns her late night talk show into a wild, boozy comedy get down, with drinking games, sketches and stand-up every month.
Want to be in the cult of comedy? These get-downs at comedy clubs in NYC feature some of the city’s best and most diverse comedians taking the stage and doing what they do best. So whether you’re into regular open-mic nights or insane sketch comedy, we’ve got you covered. Some of the best NYC comedy podcast stars are known to make surprise appearances at these shows, so keep your eyes open…