When you’re on a mission to see great comedy at one of the best comedy clubs in New York, it can be tough to know where to start. But you know what’s a sign of a good comedy show? Longevity. When a show brings audiences back week after week, that’s when you know it’s really worth your time. It also doesn’t hurt when they attract surprise special guests like Chris Rock, Louis C.K. or Michael Che, of course, which many of the weekly shows on our list do on a regular basis.
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Sean Patton's weekly show takes place in the back of an East Village dive bar, but don't be deceived by appearances: It's home to some of the best up-and-coming comics, and some of the biggest names in stand-up—Louis C.K., Bonnie McFarlane and Murderfist—have dropped by.
This wildly popular weekly show—originally created by the delightfully understated Hannibal Buress (Broad City's Lincoln)—is hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest, and features the funniest pros and up-and-comers. Past guests include Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Bridget Everett and Method Man.
Brendan Fitzgibbons and Lance Weiss welcome comedy fans into the bar's basement every Wednesday for this friendly stand-up show. So friendly, in fact, that famous comedians including Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and Todd Barry are known to stop by and try out new material.
Have you ever watched a bunch of comics and then felt like you really wanted to yell something into a microphone, too? This show has you covered. Every week, Eli Yudin (SNL's "Weekend Update" contributor) and Nick Mullen (Thought Catalog) host this stand-up showcase, followed by some pretty enthusiastic karaoke.