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 free weekly East Village stand-up night. On July 16 you can catch Amy Miller, Ashlynn Salzano, Dwayne Cullen, Geoffrey Asmus, Lev Fer, Mary Cella, Rachel Parenta and Peter Revello; and July 23 boasts Aminah Imani, Colum Tyrrell, Eric Furer, Jill Silva, Lucie Steiner, Luke Touma and Maria Heinegg.
This free weekly getdown from Carolyn Busa, Julia Shiplett, Chelsea Taylor, Ben Wasserman and Emily Winter is a reliable night for solid laughs and surprise stars in Crown Heights. For the Memorial Day special, count on happy hour drink specials and giddy sets by Jono Zalay, Sharron Paul, Noa Osheroff and Michael Svetich.
It’s a free comedy show...with 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. June's edition is a banger, with Paris Shashay, Andrew Casertano, Jordan Mendoza, Carmen Lagala and Norlex Belma hitting the stage.
The Hotel on Rivington opens its doors to the city's best comedians at this sharp weekly affair. Host Malia Sias curates an excellent night of extended sets, with Aparna Nancherla, Rob Cantrell, Nore Davis, Chanel Ali, Suraiyah Ortiz and Chris Hamilton shutting down the place on July 10.
Raghav Mehta, Geoffrey Asmus and Rohan Padhye launch their new weekly Brooklyn takeover at Cherry Tree, where you can always catch a killer lineup of comics. The May 24 edition features Matthew Broussard, Dina Hashem, Saurin Choksi, Aimee Rose Ranger and Ben Katzner. July 5 boasts Kenny DeForest, Raanan Hershberg, Xazmin Garza, Rachel Sennott and Nasser Khan; July 12 features Alingon Mitra, Sam Evans, Courtney Maginnis, Doug Key and Chanel Ali.
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.