Broke Ass Stuart’s Weekly NYC Comedy Breakdown!
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!
Monday Night Laughs at The Comic Strip Live (1568 2nd Ave)
Every Monday night at 8pm, mega-producer Ryan Dacalos brings his show to the legendary Comic Strip Live. The stage at The Comic Strip has been home to many legends like Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld. Each Monday, Ryan brings in some of the best in NYC and you’ll see drop in performers from the likes of Dave Attell & Jay Pharoah, just to name a few.
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.
Tickling The Ivories at Pianos (158 Ludlow)
Every Monday night at 8pm, NYC’s legendary Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan comes alive with “Tickling The Ivories” at Pianos. This is one of those cool venues that you only see in big cities full of history, as Pianos used to be a Piano store that was then converted into a performance space that has thrived ever since. This week features Chanel Ali from “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac”.
The Uncanny Valley at Hell Phone (247 Varet St, Brooklyn)
Host: Amber Rollo & Danny Felts
Every 3rd Tuesday at 8pm, Amber & Danny bring a variety show of epic proportions to one of the most unique venues in all of Brooklyn. In the back of an awesome little French bistro lies a dark secret. Venture through the red phone booth and enter Hell Phone: A dark speakeasy home to drinks, food and awesome shows. This week features Corinne Fischer.
Hot Soup! At Irish Exit (978 2nd Ave)
Every Tuesday at 8pm, one of the hottest shows in the country comes to The Irish Exit. Producers Gary Vider, Matt Ruby & Mark Normand have one of the longest running and hottest shows ever on their hands and it’s one of those shows that you absolutely must experience in NYC. Get there early for a seat. There are always surprises. Don’t miss out!
Funny As Hell at Hells Kitchen Lounge (150 Lafayette St, Newark NJ)
Host: Barry Ribs
Every Tuesday at 8pm, one of the best shows around happens in…New Jersey? So usually, I only showcase shows in NYC here but this Tuesday night show is just a hop, skip and a PATH train away from the city. It’s actually closer to Manhattan than many places in Brooklyn. Point is that Barry Ribs has been around for awhile and he’s seen some shit so he knows how to book a show.
Pretty/Ugly Show at Amarachi (189 Bridge St. Brooklyn)
Hosted by: Quan Wiggins
Wednesdays at 6pm, Quan Wiggins brings his “Pretty/Ugly Show” to Brooklyn. The show mixes the best NYC stand ups with music and has happy hour for the first 2 hours of the show. It’s always a great show with some of the best talent in NYC. $10 for all of it!
The In/Between Show at Mile 19 (1446 1st Ave)
Hosted By: Varies
Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Andrew Ian Bayroff & Kim Manfre bring you The In/Between Show. This midweek, free show has been around for a bit and it’s one of the best in the city. This week, it’s a birthday show with a killer line up including Wendi Starling.
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 Old Man Hustle (39 Essex St)
The 8pm show at Old Man Hustle is an NYC favorite. It’s free, it’s unpredictable and it is a venue owned by a comedian. That’s right, when you support this show in particular, you’re actually supporting a comedian owned venue & bar.
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.
The Bomb Shelter at Gaf West (401 West 48th St.)
Thursdays at 8pm, one of the best shows in Manhattan happens at Gaf West. The Bomb Shelter is known around town as one of the best shows around. It’s a free show, you get free pizza and you can almost always see some drop in performers in a fantastic, intimate setting. Get there early or you’ll miss out.
Polished Comedy at Beauty Bar (231 E. 14th St.)
Host: Josh Carter
Friday at 8:30pm, Josh Carter brings Polished Comedy to Beauty Bar in Manhattan. What’s Beauty Bar? It’s the only bar, nail salon & performance venue in the city. Josh co-produces other shows in the city, always books top notch talent and always has some surprises in his back pocket.
Bar None Comedy at Bar None (98 3rd Ave)
At 8pm on Friday nights, you’re invited to one of the rowdiest, most fun bars in NYC. But here’s the thing, the show is in the back room. Scared you for a second, yeah? Anyway, Samantha Bednarz and Josh Potter put together one hell of a weekly show that always features regulars, surprises and this week…me!
The Early Show at New York Comedy Club (241 E. 24th St.)
Remember when I talked about Ryan Dacalos earlier? Well, on top of his Monday Night show, he also runs one of the best shows in NYC on Saturdays at 5pm. You read that correctly…a 5pm show that is always damn good. He books a revolving line up of regulars like Aaron Berg along with drop ins from NYC & LA every weekend.
Comedy Night at Huron Club (15 Vandam St)
Saturday nights at 8pm, 10pm and Midnight is when the Playhouse comes alive. Huron Club is the basement club of The SOHO Playhouse. All week, you’ll see shows but the weekends is when the heavy hitters truly come out. You’ll kick yourself all day long if you miss these shows.
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.
Bacon Bits at The Stand (239 3rd Ave)
Host: Remy Kassimir
Every Sunday at 3:30pm, you get 3 things: Amazing brunch, FREE BACON and one of the best shows in all of NYC early in the day so you have the rest of your Sunday open. Go now!