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Kara Klenk
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The best NYC comedy shows run by female comedians

Looking for great sketch, stand-up, storytelling and improv comedy in the city? These funny women have you covered.

By Nick Leftley

If you want to see some of the funniest women in NYC do their thing (and you can’t wait for the next Time Out New York Women of Comedy show), head out to one of these comedy nights hosted or produced by female comedians. Below you’ll find our picks of the best in the city, including improv, storytelling and more.

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Shows by female comedians in NYC

Awkward Sex…and the City

Comedy Storytelling

Experience all the secondhand embarrassment you can handle as a collection of New York’s funniest comics and writers spill their guts on their worst sex and dating experiences. Hosted by the relentlessly energetic Natalie Wall, this is one toe-curlingly fun storytelling show.

Photograph: Lindsay May Cook


The Internet is home to lots of bizarre things that should never be shared out loud, so naturally that’s exactly what Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula's sketch group does. Expect serious weirdness.
Kara Klenk
Photograph: Mindy Tucker

If You Build It

Comedy Stand-up

Girl Code writer and Broad City contributor Kara Klenk has gained a reputation for always putting together a great lineup of the city's best comics at this popular weekly stand-up showcase.

Hard, Lonely and Vicious

Comedy Stand-up

Peggy O’Leary and Lucas Connolly host this stand-up show where all comics are forced to play drinking games right before their sets. Can it get sloppy? Sure. Is it a good time? Absolutely.


Punderdome 3000

Comedy Sketch shows

Jo Firestone and her Rodney Dangerfield impersonator father, Fred, host this beloved competition, in which the first 18 individuals or duos to sign up at the door attempt to one-up each other's spontaneously produced puns. Winners are determined by a "human clap-o-meter" and go home with a kitchen appliance.

Photograph: Courtesy Thomas Shim

The Shame Game

Comedy Storytelling

Ginny Leise and Soojeong Son share their most shameful tales at this storytelling show, then bring up a fun mix of local comedians to do the same. The comics get to make fun of each other afterward as the audience votes on the best story of the night.


Side Ponytail

Comedy Stand-up

Carolyn Busa hosts what she calls "Williamsburg's cutest comedy show," featuring the city's top up-and-coming stand-ups. She's not wrong about the cuteness, but she did forget to mention it's also one of the funniest in the city.

Sisters of Comedy

Comedy Stand-up

Produced by Nairobi-born Agunda Okeyo, this stand-up showcase features (almost) exclusively funny women of color. Past guests have included SNL's Sasheer Zamata, Phoebe Robinson, Chloe Hilliard and Gloria Steinem (we did say “almost”).


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