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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Best free comedy shows in NYC
Whether you're visiting town and looking for laughs or a jaded New Yorker who needs a break, you can count on Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner to deliver excellent comedy at this weekly East Village stand-up night. On Monday, February 26, get down to sets from Amy Shanker, Anthony DeVito, Jessica Fleischer, Maria Heinegg, Pedro Gonzales, Rebecca Leib and musical guests The Crown Heights Riots, Ethan Hall and CW Headley.
It’s a comedy show...with free crêpes. Need we say more? Fumi Abe and Michael Nguyen bring together some of the city’s most diverse and reliably solid lineups every month at this sweet show. February's edition boasts Kenice Mobley, Kenny Warren, Gabe Pacheco, Chris Calegero and Eman El-Husseini.
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 Kat Radley, Crystian Ramirez, Venessa Lince, May Wilkerson and Clare O'Kane.
As part of her unstoppable conquest of NYC's comedy scene, Sydnee Washington reigns supreme over this well-curated, sharply-attired monthly stand-up night. This time, she welcomes Roy Wood Jr., Joyelle Johnson, Aminah Imani, Paris Sashay and Crystian Ramirez to join her at the throne.
At this delightfully morbid stand-up and storytelling showcase, hosts Jeff Simmermon, Gastor Almonte and Jess Salomon invite a very funny crew to lay claim to Brooklyn comedy's last untouched neighborhood—Flatbush. March 7 boasts Petey D’Abreu, Nate Fridson, Shelby Taylor, Freddy G and Michelle Slonim; March 14 features Justin Williams, Michael Harrison, Lawrence DeLoach and Selena Coppock; and March 21's lineup includes Calvin Cato, Emily Winter, Wanjiko Eke, Kenny DeForest and Talib Babb; and March 28 boasts Mike Brown, Henry Epstein, Ja-Ron Young and Samantha Ruddy.
Looking for more comedy?
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.