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The Best Free Comedy Shows in Brooklyn

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Updated: 31 August 2017
A city of characters (including some you may recognize), New York boasts a bounty of side-splitting comedy shows. For cost-free fun, head to Brooklyn to enjoy some of the industry’s top talents in their own backyard.

Comedy at The Knitting Factory

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Knitting Factory's Front Room
Knitting Factory's Front Room | Courtesy of Knitting Factory

Comedy at The Knitting Factory

Started by offbeat artist Hannibal Buress, Comedy at The Knitting Factory is the borough’s best bet for spotting up-and-coming comedians. Expect diverse content and talents (including surprise drop-ins from familiar special guests) at this weekly Williamsburg event.

Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 529 6696

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Ed Sullivan on Acid

Bar, American, Pub Grub, $$$
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Ed Sullivan on Acid

Brooklyn’s “longest-running standup comedy show,” Ed Sullivan on Acid also happens to be one of the borough’s best. For more than a decade, this Freddy’s Bar mainstay has brought the laughs with talents backed by Comedy Central, MTV, and beyond. The only thing sweeter than the comedy vets and fast-rising stars who grace Freddy’s stage is the signature free candy that accompanies each show.

Freddy’s Bar, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA,

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Bitches Brew

Expect no fights, just fun at Gowanus’ most magical comedy variety show. Each week, the borough’s funniest all-female team gathers comedians hailing from Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, Conan, and beyond for the spellbinding Bitches Brew. Tip: one of many comedy shows in the city, this Halyards Bar staple stands out for its unconventional offerings, such as musical comedy acts.

Halyards, 406 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 532 8787

Side Ponytail

Bar, Pub Grub, American
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Side Ponytail

Start your week off right at Side Ponytail, a Crown Heights gem promoting positivity, good times, and, of course, scrunchies. The perfect cure for your Monday blahs, this weekly affair gathers local comedians and surprise guests for an unforgettable experience, every time.

Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Nothing Important

Bar, American, Pub Grub
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Phil Stamato (left) and Daniel Raderstrong (right)
Phil Stamato (left) and Daniel Raderstrong (right) | Courtesy of Nothing Important

Nothing Important

We don’t know about you, but we would hardly shrug off the hottest ticket in town as insignificant. Yet that’s exactly what the comedy vets at Nothing Important are known for doing, to hilarious effect. Past acts of this Crown Heights event have included Krystyna Hutchinson, Aparna Nancherla, Jena Friedman, and many others, all of whom have joined the audience after the show for the gathering’s famous after-parties.

Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Bitch Party

Don’t let the name fool you: you’ll find nothing to complain about at this bold Bushwick variety show. Standup, music, and plain old goofiness combine at Bitch Party, a female-led comedy show taking over Pine Box Rock Shop each month—and the male-dominated world—one laugh at a time.

Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 366 6311

The Roof Is On Fire

Bar, Pub Grub
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Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Fri:
5:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat:
2:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sun:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

Broken Comedy

Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che makes up one-third of Broken Comedy’s hilarious hosting team. Taking place weekly at Greenpoint’s Bar Matchless, audience members can count on the show to deliver solid laughs every time, thanks in large part to the fact that its funny hosts recruit the performers themselves.

Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 383 5333