Must-See Washington Square
by Jonathan Zeller, Christina Parrella and Jonathan Durbin, 10/02/2013
Chris Rock. Photo: Linda Turley
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117 MacDougal St., 212-254-3480
130 W. 3rd St., same phone as above
Tucked beneath ground level on MacDougal Street, the Comedy Cellar offers stand-up fans a chance to see a full evening of sets from comics both famous and up-and-coming. Past performers have included Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart and Wanda Sykes. Each show at the Comedy Cellar features shorter "showcase" sets by several comedians, rather than one long headline set like you might see at some other venues. Continuing with our Louie obsession, we’ll note this is the club he enters during that aforementioned title sequence, and also the site of many stand-up bits scattered throughout the show. Upstairs, at the Olive Tree Cafe, you might just see some comics hanging out before or after their sets. Around the corner, a new offshoot of the Cellar exists—a room in the Village Underground that holds similar shows. One final, helpful tip: the club sometimes offers no-cover passes for Sunday through Thursday shows that aren’t sold out (you'll just have to meet the two-drink minimum)—check comedycellar.com on the day of the show for availability.