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Best Comedy Clubs in New York

From the underground to Broadway, you can be sure to find the current or next big thing in comedy right here in New York. Calling New York a breeding ground for comedy is a dangerous understatement, as most stand-up comics cut their teeth here. NYC.com leads you to the pre-shows, open mic nights, stand up comedy and New York comedy clubs with our great list of places to see comedy performances.

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thumbBroadway Comedy Club
(212) 757-2323
318 W 53rd St.,
Manhattan, NY
The Broadway Comedy Club in the Broadway Theater District and in the heart of Times Square features NYC comics who appear on Letterman, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, Conan O'Brien, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and BET.
thumbCaroline's Comedy Club
(212) 757-4100
1626 Broadway,
Manhattan, NY, 10019
Caroline's first opened as a cabaret in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1981. Owner Caroline Hirsch, a lifelong comedy fan, soon began booking comedians. The comedy acts – which included now legendary performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay Leno – were a tremendous success, and Caroline's soon became a full-fledged comedy club. As comedy’s popularity surged throughout the 80s and into the 90s, so did Caroline's.
thumbChicago City Limits
(212) 888-5233
318 West 53rd St,
Manhattan, NY, 10019
Chicago City Limits is New York's longest-running comedy revue, thrilling audiences for over twenty-two years with its unique style of improvisational comedy. Its critically acclaimed show, award-winning National Touring Company, and top notch theatre training program has made Chicago City Limits a New York landmark.
thumbComedy Cellar
(212) 254-3480
117 MacDougal St,
Manhattan, NY, 10012
The Comedy Cellar is a famous comedy club in New York's Greenwich Village featuring the edgiest acts, the widest variety, and a club atmosphere second to none. The crowd is an eclectic mix of Village hipsters, yuppie types, agents, producers and TV bookers. Stars like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, or Robin Williams will sometimes drop by here to try out new material.
thumbComedy Corner
(212) 477-0130
82 W. 3rd St.,
Manhattan, NY, 10003
The Comedy Village is one of the premiere comedy clubs in historic Greenwich Village and features some of the funniest names in comedy, including celebrity appearances from Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Dane Cook, George Lopez and many others.
Dangerfield's
(212) 593-1650
1118 1st Ave,
Manhattan, NY, 10021
Dangerfield's features the best of the best comedians who have performed in leading clubs, motion pictures and on such TV shows as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O'Brian Show, and Comedy Central. HBO's most successful comedy television specials were taped at the club.
EastVille Comedy Club
(212) 260-2445
85 East 4th Street,
Manhattan, NY, 10003
EastVille Comedy Club is a 130+ seat retro comedy club venue in the heart of the East Village, NYC. EastVille was founded by native New Yorkers who have years of experience in comedy. Therefore, we pride ours more...
Gotham City Improv
(212) 367-8222
48 West 21st Street, 2nd Fl.,
Manhattan, NY, 10011
Gotham City Improv is a theater, school, and community of comedic actors in New York City and the sister company of the Los Angeles based improv company, The Groundlings. Their 60-seat theater New York's Chelsea d more...
thumbGotham Comedy Club
(212) 367-9000
208 West 23rd Street,
Manhattan, NY, 10011
Native New Yorkers Chris Mazzilli and Michael Reisman opened the original Gotham Comedy Club in May 1996 and it has proven to be a leader in the industry, bringing comics such as Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black and Colin Quinn (to name a few) to the stage.
thumbHA! Comedy Club
(212) 977-3884
163 West 46th Street,
Manhattan, NY, 10036
One of New York’s busiest Comedy Clubs, located in the Heart of Times Square with 2 comedy showrooms. All Stand up Comedy shows are 90 minutes long and feature 4-7 Comedians (Featured talent seen on MTV, Vh1, BET, Comedy Central, and comedy clubs across the country).
National Comedy Theatre
(212) 629-5202
347 West 36th Street,
Manhattan, NY, 10018
Similar in style to Drew Carey's 'Whose Line is it Anyway,' the National Comedy Theatre (NCT) presents a 90-minute improvisational comedy show based completely on audience suggestions. As a twist, NCT plays its improvisational comedy played just like a competitive sport. Two uniformed teams go head-to-head on stage in a battle for laughs.
New York Comedy Club
(212) 696-5233
241 E 24th St,
Manhattan, NY, 10010
Expect shock value from the witty performers at this popular comedy venue. There seems to be no room for politeness among the gutsy comedians who share their straightforward and hysterical thoughts on life. Audiences will enjoy an evening of edgy and insightful humor. Chris Rock, notorious for speaking his mind, got his start here. Damon Wayans of In Living Color and Rodney Dangerfield have also entertained these audiences.
Stand Up New York
(212) 595-0850
236 West 78th St,
Manhattan, NY, 10024
Stand Up NY is one of New York City's premier comedy clubs located on the Upper West Side. The club features great comics, as well as the funniest and brightest from the national and TV scene. "A handsomely appointed 175-seat club offers mainstream style and stand-up humor by rising talents," many of who have been on Letterman, The Tonight Show, HBO Showtime and Comedy Central. Many famous comedians will also stop by here unexpectedly to try out new material on delighted crowds and the club also makes a point of featuring new talent every week.
Comic Strip
(212) 861-9386
1568 2nd Ave,
Manhattan, NY, 10028
Their first big star was box office legend Eddie Murphy. Eddie in turn discovered Chris Rock at The Comic Strip one night. Television Superstar Jerry Seinfeld also worked for many years at the Comic Strip. More major stars have started their careers at the Comic Strip than any other venue in the world. Some legendary examples include: Adam Sandler, Jimmy Brogan, Nancy Parker, Larry Miller, Angel Salazar, Sarah Silverman, and many more.
thumbThe Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
(212) 366-9176
307 W 26th Street,
Manhattan, NY
On April 1, 2003, the New UCB Theater opened its doors. The 150-seat theater at 307 West 26th Street continues to offer the best and most innovative improv and sketch comedy in the city every day of the week. The UCB Theatre produces over 25 unique shows a week, often 4 shows nightly, ranging in price from $8 to free. There is never a drink minimum and beer, wine and soft drinks are available for a moderate price.