Comedy Cellar is a New York City institution. Be forewarned though as it is a very small location, and if you are afraid of tight spaces, then think twice about going there. But if you can handle sitting shoulder to shoulder, then it is worth the cramping. Along with rising stars in the industry, comedians like Louis C.K. regularly drop in to do a set and work out new material.
Comedy Cellar, 117 Macdougal Street, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 254 3480
Q.E.D: A Place to Show
Q.E.D: A Place to Show is one of Queens‘ newest comedy venues that has a constant schedule of comedians, comedy shows, improvisation, comedy storytelling, and more. Open every day of the week, Q.E.D has had comedians like Margaret Cho, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon drop by and do a set, and comedian Christian Finnegan hosts a monthly comedy show. The small venue is always stocked with drinks and snacks, and no matter where you sit, you will feel like you are in the front row.
Q.E.D: A Place to Show, 27-16 23rd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, + 1 347 451 3873
Creek and the Cave
Rebecca Trent, owner of the Creek and the Cave, has programming on seven nights a week. The lineups feature comedians who are working out new material plus seasoned professionals who just want to come in and make people laugh. This Long Island City sleeper has reasonable prices, and on the weekends, it has free comedy shows you can attend if you are on a budget. A bar and food are also available; therefore, you can make a whole night out of it.
Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Avenue, New York, NY, USA, + 1 718 706 8783
Caroline’s on Broadway
A namesake and destination in New York City, Caroline’s on Broadway is a must for comedians. Even well-known and working comedians have to push to get stage time at this sought-after institution. If you are interested in marquee names, seeing current and former television stars from the 80s, 90s, and today, then this is the place to go. Showtimes vary and tickets should be purchased ahead as shows do sell out.
Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 575 4100
New York Comedy Club
Located in the Gramercy neighborhood, New York Comedy Club, with its string of emerging and professional talent, has been making people laugh since 1989. Open seven days a week, the comedy club even features a bar. Grab a drink or two and drop in to see a show — you do not have to have pre-purchased tickets at this venue.
New York Comedy Club, 241 E 24th Street, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 696 5233
Dangerfield’s Comedy Club
Started by late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Dangerfield’s Comedy Club has been called the number one comedy club in the United States and the longest running comedy club. Lineups are listed daily with notable talents such as leading film stars, television hosts, and television stars.
Dangerfield’s Comedy Club, 1118 1st Avenue, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 593 1650
Gotham Comedy Club
Gotham Comedy Club is a well-known venue for comedians and has been featured prominently in feature films and television shows. Unlike some other comedy venues, Gotham is strictly stand-up comedians; there are no other shows. The venue is small, and the seats provide a good view. The venue offers discount tickets on their website, and there is a two-drink minimum when you attend a show.
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W 23rd Street, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 367 9000