There’s no shortage of comedy clubs in New York City that are worth checking out, with many being so popular they draw in constant crowds and sell out quick. At the same time, smaller and less frequented venues tend to be overlooked in favor of staple locations. No good list of worthwhile clubs in the city would be truly complete without recognizing these five and their importance on the comedy circuit, so be sure to read up on them and check some out.
This DIY theater is located underground and sports an intimate, low-lit interior that makes the audience feel like they're getting a private showing. Comics frequently seen on Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, and other popular platforms come here to workshop their sets and entertain their guests. SESH typically hosts shows Thursday-Saturday at their 2 locations, starting around 8pm.
Eastville Comedy Club
Eastville’s reputation as Brooklyn’s oldest comedy club is well-earned as its one of those rare venues with signature crafted cocktails and no drink minimum. The club was founded in 2008 but moved a decade later from its Manhattan location to an area near the Barclays Center. Kickback with some homemade popcorn and candy while catching an open mic show or a scheduled professional set from both popular and emerging comedians.
Stand Up NY
The best of the Upper West Side is just through the doors of this almost forty-year-old establishment. Stand Up NY has become one of the premiere comedy clubs over the decades, setting the standard for both successive generations of venues and comedians. Check out their event calendar to see what’s current on stage.
The Tiny Cupboard
Bushwick’s very own established indie comedy club that brings affordable, alternative entertainment to the local community. This small former studio opened in 2019 as an experimental arts and music space but has since transformed into a stand-up spot with shows open to all ages, generously-priced drinks, and a chill, friendly vibe all around. The Tiny Cupboard also offers classes for those looking to improve their comedy sets and writing on their website.
A woman-owned and operated Astoria-based arts venue, QED is small but full of heart and authenticity. This club is truly a space made by and for creatives and takes pride in hosting a diverse range of comedy acts from sketch shows to improv, as well as veteran and newbie talent alike. QED also holds workshops, meet-ups, movie screenings, readings, lectures, watch parties and so much more. Over eighty events are happening each month so there’s no shortage of options.