We know; we’re biased. But with venerable institutions such as Carolines on Broadway and comedy-club-and-restaurant hybrid The Stand, it’s hard to argue the fact that NYC remains the best place to see live comedy on the planet. In addition to big-ticket gigs, you can catch plenty of free comedy shows below—be it a night of stand-up delivered by some of NYC’s best stand-up comedians or an evening of readings at some of the best storytelling shows in New York City—without spending a dime.
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Best free comedy shows in NYC
Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material.Read more
Saying that this comic and political commentator is smug and self-satisfied is akin to noting that the sun sets in the West; you've also got to admit that he's created a massive platform for his liberal and atheist beliefs through his keen dissections of American society. Given the recent antics of several presidential candidates (looking at you, Trump) Maher should have plenty of ripe fruit for picking.Read more