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. Look out for some of our favorite all-star performers to hit up the low-key show.
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 Ziwe, Moon Choe, Lucas Connolly, Perri Gross and Claire Parker hitting the stage.
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. August's edition is a banger, with Atheer Yacoub, Amy Shanker, Akaash Singh, Chris Cheney, Jordan Mendoza and Nore Davis hitting the stage.
Brian Mitchell and Tyler Richardson shut down Starr Bar once a month at this well-curated stand-up show. The July edition features Aminah Imani, Rallo Boykins, Nate Fridson, Courtney Reynolds, Clark Jones and Farah Brook.
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.
Endlessly creative comedic madman Zach Zimmerman welcomes you to his weekly playhouse, at which you'll catch excellent sets from his favorite comics, then compete in related trivia battles. There's no crazier happy hour in town.
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 some of the fiercest performers in town dropping by the Hotel for drinks and a show.
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.
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.