All the Best Comedy Shows in NYC this Week
New York City is known for many things. To some, it’s the dirty-water hot dogs from a street cart or pizza on every corner. To some, it’s the flashing Broadway lights of the iconic Times Square. What can’t be denied by anyone is the fact that New York City is one of the biggest entertainment capitols of the world. And we’re making Broke-Ass Stuart your go-to for weekly stand-up comedy listings in the Big Apple. Each week, we’ll highlight the best of the best in the stand-up comedy world from the best producers in the business. We’ll highlight clubs, basements, bars & maybe even a secret location or two.
And with that being said: Here’s your weekly breakdown!
FRANTIC! at The Stand (239 3rd Ave)
Hosts: Aaron Berg
Every Monday night, Manhattan comes alive at 10pm with “FRANTIC!” from The Stand. This free show is always a monster line up full of surprises. This is one of those shows that NYC comedy is known for: An insanely good show at a top club in the city with a line up full of headliners and drop ins that are always a treat. Get there early or reserve online because it always sells out.
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Butterboy at littlefield (635 Sackett St. Brooklyn)
Host: Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla, Josh Sharp
Every Monday at 8pm, Butterboy comes to littlefield in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is home to some of the best shows in NYC all week long but Jo, Aparna & Josh have one of the best new shows in the country on their hands. Always a line up that rivals most in the city and always a handful of drop in surprises, if you’re in Brooklyn on a Monday, you can’t go wrong with this show.
Monday Night Gootz at Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway)
Every Monday night at 7pm, NYC native Ray Gootz brings you some of the best rising comics in NYC. The stage at Caroline’s has had some of the most legendary comedians on it and every Monday, Ray brings some of the potential legends of tomorrow to you.
UG! at Huron Club (15 Vandam St)
Every Tuesday at 8pm, Todd Montessi brings you his long running show, UG, from Huron Club underneath Soho Playhouse. Sometimes, he’ll take it to another venue for fun but the current home base is at Huron Club. Todd is a veteran of the game and he knows how to book a show. You’ll always see heavy hitters and the best new blood on the scene.
Northern Discomfort at The Stand (239 3rd Ave)
Host: Ray DeVito & Josh Carter
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 8pm, The Stand in Gramercy, Manhattan hosts Northern Discomfort. Ray DeVito & Josh Carter are two of the best comics in NYC and they consistently host a line-up of comedians from all over the country that often includes favorites like Jim Gaffigan. Jim is a regular drop in on the show so you’ll always have a good chance of seeing him there. 8pm Show.
SWEET! at The Slipper Room (167 Orchard St.)
Host: Seth Herzog
Every Tuesday at 8pm, one of the best NYC has to offer brings his long running and long successful show, SWEET, to renowned NYC burlesque venue “The Slipper Room”. What sets this show apart is the fact that Seth always brings in the best NYC comics along with some insane drop in surprises, like Jimmy Fallon.
Kalief’s Legacy Series at Berg’n (899 Bergen St. Brooklyn)
Hosted by: Dean Masello
This Wednesday at 8pm, there is a special comedy show in Brooklyn at Berg’n. Kalief Browder was wrongfully arrested and abused in prison at the age of 16 and after his release, he committed suicide. On May 9th, Dean Masello & The Kalief Browder Foundation present a comedy show to benefit his foundation. Performers include: Janelle James, Sarah Tollemache, Napoleon Emill, Shane Torres & Mark Normand.
Funny Stories From Funny People at Sidewalk Cafe (94 Avenue A)
Hosted By: Varies
At 8pm in Alphabet City at Sidewalk Café, 4 comedians will be recording stories on stage. If you follow comedy, you know there is all sorts of styles from one-liners to long form to observational to…storytelling. Storytellers are some of the best on stage and if you haven’t seen a storytelling show, this is a great one to start with.
Barely Making It at The Creek and The Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave. Queens)
Wednesday nights at 8pm, The Creek & The Cave starts off the middle of your week right with Barely Making It! This showcase always has some of NYC’s best comics on the line up and has included all sorts of drop ins working out televised late night sets along with special guests like TJ Miller. It’s a free show and you never know who you’ll see.
Thursday Night Comedy at The Lantern (167 Bleeker Street)
The Lantern is a mainstay venue in NYC comedy. It has been around forever, gone through changes and been featured on “Louie” on FX. It’s such a fun venue all week long but on Thursdays, the weekend unofficially begins. 8 & 10pm Shows.
Roast Battle at New York Comedy Club (241 E. 24th St.)
Host: Neko White
Thursday nights at 10:30, the insult comedy mecca arrives at NY Comedy Club. Neko White is the perfect host for this battle royale every week and he keeps things running smoothly. On May 17th, they’ll have a special guest judge from WWE, Charly Caruso. This show is not for the faint of heart.
Thursday Night Laughs at The Stand (239 3rd Ave.)
This Thursday at The Stand, there is a monster line up that I just had to highlight. Come through at 8pm to see: Ron Bennington, Pete Lee, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Florentine, Ari Shaffir, Aaron Berg & Roy Wood Jr.
Girl With No Job at Caroline’s On Broadway (1626 Broadway)
Host: Claudia Oshry
Friday at 7:30 & 9pm, Caroline’s On Broadway presents a special show with social media mega star Claudia Oshry, known around the world as “Girl With No Job”. Claudia is a former NYU student that made a career and developed a monster following online by…not wanting a job. She’s been featured all over TV and has over 4 million online followers. Come see her live.
Literati at Caveat (21 A Clinton St.)
Host: Colin O’Brien & Michael Wolf
At 8:30pm on the first Friday of the month, you’re in for a literary treat of epic proportions known as “Literati”. Your hosts are literary aficionados ready to drop some scholastic fire on you for 90 minutes. Come out to one of NYC’s hottest new venues, Caveat.
Godfrey at Gotham Comedy Club (208 West 23rd St.)
This Saturday at 7:30 & 9pm, one of NYC’s finest and comedy veteran GODFREY comes through the hallowed halls of Gotham Comedy Club for a full headlining weekend. Godfrey is known in NYC and all over the country as one of the best around. He’s been all over TV & film for decades and this weekend is your chance to see him live.
Comedy Night at Rockwells (105 Wolfs Ln, Pelham NY)
You may be asking why I’m showcasing a show in Pelham, NY. Well, first off, it’s still technically NYC. And most importantly, it’s a damn good show that deserves to be showcased. Every Saturday at 8pm, Rockwell’s brings one hell of a good show to the slightly northern NYC area of Pelham. We’re talking everyone from up & coming NYC headliners like Pudge Fernandez to mega stars like Gilbert Gottfried. Come out to Rockwell’s.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job at The Grisly Pear (107 MacDougal St.)
Host: Amarie Castillo
On Sundays, one of NYC’s favorite comics, Amarie Castillo, hosts an early show full of NYC’s best. The nice thing about a 4pm & 6pm show is that there aren’t many of them so there’s a lot of big names available. Not only is Amarie one of the best onstage, she’s one of the best producers in NYC. See ya for brunch.
Bushwick Bears at Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn)
Host: Jericho Davidson & Derek Humphrey
Every Sunday at 9pm, Jericho & Derek bring Brooklyn a show full of insanity. It’s one of the longest running BK shows and that’s a good thing. The show is fun, free, insane and very well booked every week. Give it your time on Sundays.