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Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani
Photograph: Courtesy Jenni Walkowiak Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Aminah Imani

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.

By David Goldberg

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

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

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!

Photograph: Courtesy Arin Sangurai

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

Bitches Brew

Comedy Stand-up

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. 

Jenny Gorelick, Addie Weyrich
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker

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. 


Ladies Who Ranch

Comedy Stand-up

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? 

Sophie Santos and Jess Salomon
Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker

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

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. 


Speak American

Comedy Stand-up

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. 

Photograph: Courtesy Bridget Badore


Comedy Stand-up

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

Tinder Live! with Lane Moore

Comedy Improv

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).

Arti Gollapudi
Photograph: Courtesy Dee Guerreros

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

Jenna & Aileen Think You're Great

Comedy Storytelling

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

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


Truth Serum


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

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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