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 improv comedy 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
This monthly comedy show hosted by writer and comedian Emily Winter and musician Larry Mancini (of the punk band the Tracys) has been going strong since 2012, featuring acts from Late Night with Seth Meyers, Inside Amy Schumer, The Onion, Vice and MTV. This month welcomes Rob Cantrell, Mike Brown, Chanel Ali, Andrew Casertano and Dewey Lovett.
Have a laugh and a dance at this free comedy show in the East Village. For this installment, hosts Ayanna Dookie and Mike Brown welcome Roy Wood Jr., Mike Lawrence, Freddy Sheffield and DJ Sareen to the stage. Stick around after their sets to boogie to selections from live DJs, and be sure to R.S.V.P. online for the chance to win free booze.
Every Tuesday, comics Sam Evans and Patrick Hastie host a bevy of very funny people in Long Island City's charming restaurant and art space RaR Bar. If you like jokes told over good food and drink, this is the place for you. Check out May Wilkerson, Albert Kirchner, Raghav Mehta, Sarah Lazarus, Phil Stamato and John Field at the June 20 show.
One and One hosts this local talent showcase every Friday, with Phil Stamato, Daniel Raderstrong and Fume Abe wrangling acts from across town to headline the bill. Past guests have included Myq Kaplan, Shane Torres and Aparna Nancherla. After the show, performers get the weekend started by joining the audience for a lively afterparty. This week features Brooklyn fan-favorites Alingon Mitra, Anna Drezen, Sonia Denis and Nick Vatterott.
Every month, a killer group of female-identifying performers takes the stage for a bananas variety show featuring music, stand-up and plenty of surprises. The July "Block Party" edition invites Patio Talk, Blair Dawson, Lily Du, Club Monika, Farah Brook and more to serve up their hottest sets at this free BBQ.