Do you like comedy? If so, you're in the right place. New York City is the comedy capital of the world. Every night its comedy clubs, theaters and bars host sets by stand-ups, improvisers and sketch groups, and you never know when a boldface name will drop in out of the blue. Read on for the details. And thanks, you've been a great crowd.
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The premiere home of off-beat, creative improvisational and sketch comedy in New York City presents more than 25 shows a week, with ticket prices always under $10 and reasonably priced drinks to keep the good cheer flowing.
The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who's written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30 Rock—still drops by this free weekly stand-up showcase in Williamsburg from time to time, but Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest usually host these days. Make sure to call ahead and check whether the show's happening before you go; they do skip some weeks and charge admission on special occasions. Guests regularly stop by, and many of them are famous. Don't bring the kids, though—it's 21-plus.
This comedy haven (an acronym for "Peoples Improv Theater") is a great place for people with stage fright to take improvisation classes and also for revelers to watch live acts by some of the City's finest comedians-in-training.
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About the Apollo Theater: Harlem's acclaimed Apollo Theater is important not only because it honors and promotes the contributions of black performers but also because it is a living example of progress: the building was originally a burlesque theater that did not allow black patrons or performers. While you're in the neighborhood: Legendary Harlem eateries and music clubs are within walking distance of the neighborhood's biggest symbol, the Apollo Theater. Make the short walk south to a few worthy places for an after-dinner (or -show) drink.
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