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Tim and Eric
Photograph: Rickett & Sones

The best live comedy in NYC this summer

With your favorite comedians hitting NYC this summer, there’s no better time to see big names and local talent

By David Goldberg

It’s summer in NYC, which means you can expect big names, crazy shows and rowdy crowds at your favorite comedy clubs. Check out bizarre characters from fan-favorites like Cole Escola and Dr. Alex Schiller; head to improv clubs to see rising talent at their most experimental; and witness some of the best stand-ups of all time as they hit the funniest city in the world. Pace yourself!

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Best live comedy in NYC this summer

Photograph: Courtesy Aaron Rebarchek

Shane Mauss presents A Good Trip

Comedy Stand-up

Mauss, who has made a name for himself as a connoisseur of mind-altering drugs, presents this hybrid of stand-up, science and storytelling, during which the Here We Are podcast host tells informative (and insane) tales of experimentation.

Photograph: Courtesy Mindy Tucker

Hidden Fences

Comedy Sketch shows

First, it was a verbal gaff at the Golden Globes (committed again on Buzzfeed, NBC Today, the red carpet at the Oscars...). Then, it became a viral meme lampooning white Hollywood's incapability of comprehending that multiple films could exist starring black actors. Now, it's a riotous play by Jordan Temple, mashing up the plots of Hidden Figures and Fences and featuring Langston Kerman, Nore Davis, Shalewa Sharpe, Tahlia Robinson, Karolena Theresa, Mamoudou N'Diaye, Gary Richardson, James III, Holden McNeely and Julian Williams.. Get ready for some vicious satire. 

Photograph: Courtesy Michael Blackson

Michael Blackson

Comedy Stand-up

The Ghanaian powerhouse, who has been bringing his high-voltage rants to film and TV since appearing in 2000’s Next Friday, tears up Carolines on Broadway a whopping seven times over four nights with ballsy social humor. Stay out of his line of fire, modasuckas.

Tim and Eric
Photograph: Rickett & Sones

Tim and Eric 10-Year Anniversary Awesome Tour

Comedy Character

As Tim and Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job! reaches double-digit age, the cult comedy icons bring their off-kilter dynamic and near-hallucinogenic video clips to the Town Hall. Expect celebrity drop-ins, long silences, melted faces, bad EDM and grotesque sexual exploits.


Keeping My Kidneys

Comedy Solo shows

TV writer and hyper-prolific NYC comedian Mindy Raf stars in her acclaimed manic romantic comedy solo show, which explores realms like identity, coming out and polyamory, and throws her into queer three-ways, uncomfortable medical exams and beyond. 

Maria Bamford
Photograph: Susan Maljan

Maria Bamford

Comedy Stand-up

The Bammer is a tumult of cheery weirdness, winning hearts with a childlike whisper as she presents her idiosyncratic vision of the world. She drops comedic bits—unexpected impressions, goony faces, far-flung metaphors—like bread crumbs, keeping the audience intrigued regardless of how bizarre things seem. She joins the very funny Jackie Kashian for two back-to-back sets of joyous delirium. 

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Dara Katz and Betsey Kenney
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The best comedy shows in NYC this month


Sure, you could stay home and watch the best stand-up comedians’ specials, or you could head out to the best comedy clubs in NYC and see some world-class performances in person. Below you’ll find our picks of the absolute best shows happening this month, from improv to open mic nights and everything in-between. 


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