The Best Shows in Manhattan
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.
Ali Levin gives the First Lady some much-needed razzle dazzle at this wild cabaret variety show. She'll go all out with songs, videos and sketches to sympathize with the Oval Office's most misunderstood character. Come for the White House shade, stay for Levin's go-for-broke performance. She's joined by pianist Paolo C. Perez and Jillian Green.
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.
Every month, Wanjiko Eke and Stef Dag invite their funniest queer friends to go off at the legendary lesbian bar Henrietta Hudson.
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.
The Best Shows in Brooklyn
Loveable loony toon Addie Weyrich looks back on the bizarro-world behaviors of a single child home at her new comedy roundup. She invites some of her favorite stand-ups and performers to go into their own familial mishegas at the January edition.
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.
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.
On their gleefully salty podcast Done, best friends Betsey Kenney and Dara Katz call out the quotidian horrors of contemporary life that they just won't abide by. They bring the roast of modern society to Union Hall, where they're joined by fellow opinionated comedians Matt Rogers, Mike Kelton, Ziwe Fumudoh and Angelica Pasquini.
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!
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.
On their ferocious podcast Misandry, fireball comedians Marcia Belsky and Rae Sanni go in on the boobs, backlash and bullshit of our delightful little patriarchal terror state. For this special live edition, the pair goes all the way off, with Jaboukie Young-White, Jo Firestone, Larry Owens, Sydnee Washington and Mitra Jouhari joining in on the red-hot discourse.
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.
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.
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…