The best free comedy shows in NYC

Laugh along to both budding and established local comedians at these free comedy shows in New York City

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If you’re broke and in need of a laugh, you’ve got an embarrassment of riches when it comes to comedy in NYC. On any given night, you can hit up some of NYC’s best comedy clubs to see sets from the city’s best rising comedians, along with well-established names. Check out our rundown of free shows in town, which will satisfy die-hard fans of comedy podcasts and even clue you in budding comics in on the best open-mic nights in town.

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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. 

By: Jillian Anthony


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