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
Jeffrey Emerson, Jill Weiner and Brian Moran host this weekly night of stellar stand-up featuring a diverse range of comedians, including known names like Matteo Lane and Farah Brook and newcomers like Menuhin Hart and Melissa Diaz. This week, catch Kevin Sean, Brian Park, Catherine Cohen, Hannah Boone, May Wilkerson, David Angelo and Cat Zini.
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.
Mining perhaps the richest arena of situational comedy, host Chris Calogero and his buddies share hilarious stories of nature's calling. Enjoy tales of horror from Doug Smith, Selena Coppock, Courtney Maginnis, Ahri Findling and Julia Shiplett, and songs from Tommy McNamara and Olivia Vessel. Giveaway winners have the chance to get their own Squatty Potty. Who said that comedy can't change your life?