Two Tuesdays each month, a small Fort Greene coffee shop hosts lineups with comedians you may have seen on TV for comedy fans and a few people who just wanted to buy coffee. Past performers have included Myq Kaplan, Aparna Nancherla and Dan Perlman. The hosts are Thiago Macklin and nycgo.com’s own Fort Greene expert, Keenan Steiner.
The coveted Saturday night slots at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea have been a reliable source of laughter for many years now. At 10:30pm, this show continues that tradition. The cast, which includes comedians with experience working on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, creates a scene based on secrets submitted anonymously by audience members.
This long-running weekly comedy showcase originally ran in Brooklyn, but bucked the trends by moving to Manhattan in 2011. Past performers have included Seth Herzog, Hari Kondabolu and Joe Mande. If you're looking for a good, cheap Friday comedy show... this is one of 'em.
Perhaps the most famous of all NYC improv comedy performances, this show often draws big names like Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz and others from popular movies and TV shows. The 7:30pm performance will set you back $10. If you don't mind waiting in a long line and arriving very early, the 9:30pm show is absolutely free (tickets are distributed at 8:15pm).
This stand-up show is massively cheap ($5, with no drink minimum), so it's no wonder it usually sells out. Hosted by local comic Kara Klenk, its lineups have included boldface names like Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn and Sarah Silverman alongside a worthy roster of up-and-coming comedians.