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The best comedy shows by women in NYC

The funniest women in NYC perform stand-up, sketch and improv every night. We break down the best shows by borough.

Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani
By David Goldberg |
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The days of schlubby male stand-ups in sweatpants complaining about their girlfriends are (hopefully) over, at least in NYC. Women-identifying, trans and nonbinary performers have taken over NYC's best comedy clubs, and we couldn't be happier. Whether you're looking for musical, sketch, stand-up or improv, we've got a show from you, from performers we adore like Sydnee Washington, Phoebe Robinson, Catherine Cohen and Justin Vivian Bond. Here's our handy guide for shows going down in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. 

The Best Shows in Manhattan

Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak
Comedy, Sketch shows

All Female Reboot

icon-location-pin Peoples Improv Theater, Gramercy & Flatiron
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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? 

X Mayo and Shenovia Large
Photograph: Courtesy Rafael Rautha, Dayane Ohira
Comedy

Unsung Heroes of...

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!

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Andrea Coleman
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

Wack or Woke? Andrea Coleman Judges the Law

icon-location-pin The Tank, Midtown West
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Real-life lawyer Andrea Coleman cleans up the messes of the supreme court at this hilarious show. Along with comedians Carly Ann Filbin, Wanjiko Eke and Kenice Mobley, she'll parse through some of the nation's most outrageous laws, tear into the white dudes on the bench and give you a real legal education. 

Photograph: Courtesy Arin Sangurai
Comedy

Who Made The Potato Salad?

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. 

The Best Shows in Brooklyn

Naomi Karavani
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy, Stand-up

Bitches Brew

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. 

Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak
Comedy, Stand-up

Comedy at the Knitting Factory

icon-location-pin Knitting Factory, Williamsburg
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Forget Game of Thrones, forget laundry night, forget your dayjob in the morning: Sunday nights now belong to Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani. The trio of stand-up supremes give you looks, life and a top-tier comedy showcase every week—and there isn't even cover! Stay sharp and look fresh—you're about to witness the best night of comedy in New York. 

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Jenny Gorelick, Addie Weyrich
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

Jenny's Birthday Variety Show

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. 

Comedy, Stand-up

Ladies Who Ranch

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? 

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Sophie Santos and Jess Salomon
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker
Comedy

The Lesbian Agenda

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. 

Fareeha Khan
Photograph: Courtesy Arin Sang-urai
Comedy

OutCasts: A Comedy Show About Outcasts

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. 

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Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman, Emily Winter and Carolyn Busa
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak
Comedy, Stand-up

Side Ponytail

icon-location-pin Friends and Lovers, Crown Heights
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This free weekly getdown from Carolyn Busa, Julia Shiplett, Ben Wasserman and Emily Winter is a reliable night for solid laughs and surprise stars in Crown Heights. 

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Comedy, Stand-up

Speak American

icon-location-pin Friends and Lovers, Crown Heights
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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. 

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ThatShitRay
Photograph: Courtesy Bridget Badore
Comedy, Stand-up

ThatShitRay

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. 

Tinder: Live with Lane Moore
Photograph: Courtesy Michael Robe
Comedy, Improv

Tinder Live! with Lane Moore

icon-location-pin Littlefield, Gowanus
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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).

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Arti Gollapudi
Photograph: Courtesy Dee Guerreros
Comedy

Yourself, Your Body

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

Comedy, Storytelling

Jenna & Aileen Think You're Great

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.” 

Comedy, Stand-up

MOIST

All hail Abby Feldman, the intrepid stand-up who doles out advice from her bathtub on her addicting podcast and video series MOIST. 

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Comedy

Truth Serum

icon-location-pin Q.E.D., Astoria
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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.  

Anita Flores
Photograph: Courtesy Lorena Russi
Comedy

The best comedy shows in NYC this week

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…

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