Best free comedy shows in NYC
Abby Washuta invites you to this hang-out at New York Comedy Club East Village (every first Thursday) and at the Lantern (every third Thursday), where a solid line-up of stand-ups can always be expected. Look out for a raffle, and register early for a free margarita.
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. August 20's edition is a banger, with Myq Kaplan, Kevin Iso, Mike Drucker and Aminah Imani hitting the stage.
It’s a free comedy night...with dessert. 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.
Heather Harrison delivers in Williamsburg at this throwdown, which brings established comics out to play with open-mic newbies. Harrison starts her Brooklyn takeover with Dara Katz, Pat Dooley, Maya Sharma, Ian Lockwood and Riley Taggart.
At this shady stand-up battle, Brooklyn's most subversive comics must face off for the approval of...someone's parents. For the Thanksgiving edition, inevitable superstar Ayo Edebiri invites her parents to read her buddies to filth. Get down to sets from Jaboukie Young-White, Andy Haynes, Julia Shiplett, Ruby McCollister, Andrew Casertano and Marie Faustin at this Thanksgiving nightmare.
Peter Smith and Sandy Honig—two of the most fantastic beasts in the NYC comedy stable—unleash their wildest friends upon the Slipper Room stage at this weekly stand-up showcase. Count on an always-diverse lineup of marvels from across NYC's alt-comedy spectrum, all giving it to you for free.
The dashing Steven Markow brings his vast skill set—directing, podcasting, sound design, stand-up, characters and photography, to name a few—to this eclectic showcase night. Join the renaissance man as he directs a crew of actors and performers in surreal sketches and short plays, each more trippy and addicting than the last.
New voices get a chance to shine at this excellent variety show, featuring a mix of reliable favorites and breakout debuts. Hosts Maria DeCotis, Victoria Hoffman and Katie Johantgen welcome stand-ups Mary Beth Barone, Arti Gollapudi, Stef Dag and Kenice Mobley; character performer Brian Faas and first-time stand-up Greg Hyde.
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.
Tickle your funny bone and satisfy your sweet tooth at this comedy night in Greenwich Village that boasts no cover and free ice cream. The thirty-third edition welcomes Jesse Eigner, Suzanne Lea Shepherd, Mike Feeney, Stu Melton, Janelle Draper, Max White and Aminah Imani to the stage. Jeffrey Emerson hosts.
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.