New York Comedy Clubs
There are many New York comedy clubs and that’s no coincidence: New Yorkers have a wicked sense of humour. If you are in New York, the best way to experience the cynical and somewhat sarcastic humour is at a comedy club. But with a lot of places to go it can be very difficult to find a good club.
Stand Up | NY
On 236 West 78th Street in the Upper West Side, you’ll find Stand Up | NY. This is one of the oldest comedy clubs in the city. The club opened its doors in 1986 and has since then fostered a lot of talent such as Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and the presenter of the popular The Daily Show, Jon Stewart. In addition to the famous comedians, Stand Up | NY offers a lot of room for newcomers to develop. Producers from all kinds of television shows often sit in the room, scouting new talent.
The comedy club is opened every day and has two shows a night. The first starts at 8:00 p.m., the second at 10:15 p.m. Make sure you are well on time as the hostess can then offer you the better seats in the room. A regular show is about 2 hours long and has 4 or 5 different comedians. The variety is nice as some comedians can be funnier than others. The bar is set very high at Stand Up | NY so there is a high chance you’ll be entertained. Additionally the shows are constructed in such a way that the comedians complement each other. While one mocks his life as a 40 year old bachelor, the other tackles political issues. Expect a lot of sarcastic comments, sharp observations (also from the public!) and derogatory jokes. You won’t find any careful or prude Americans at the Stand Up | NY!
Drinks at the Stand Up | NY
When visiting this comedy club, do bring a jacket or cardigan. The air-conditioning is always on high so even in the summer it can be a little chilly. Take into account that you will have to order a minimum of 2 drinks (or US$15 worth of drinks) per person. A waiter is always ready to be of service. Speaking from experience the drinks have a lot of alcohol, which only makes the show a lot more fun. Stand Up | NY is very easy to reach by subway. Take subway line 1 and if you get off at 79th Street, you’ll see the club on your left-hand side after about 30 meters.
Comedy Cellar is the most famous comedy club in Manhattan. Upstairs you can have something to eat or drink before you watch a show. There’s also a second room called Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground, right around the corner of the first one. The lines at Comedy Cellar are always long, so be on time for good seats, even if you bought a ticket in advance. Every night there’s something else to see at this club, so you can even return a few times if you like!
Broadway Comedy Club
At Broadway Comedy Club in Midtown Manhattan you’ll get to see the rising stars of comedy. Talented comedians who performed at this venue later appeared on Comedy Central and at Letterman, to name a few. When you visit Broadway Comedy Club you won’t be disappointed, as every show provides four headliners. This venue has a two drink requirement.
A lot of famous comedians once started in the small comedy clubs, but have become big names in comedy. They now play in large theaters, like The Theater at Madison Square Garden or Carnegie Hall. If you want to visit a show of one of those comedians in New York, you can buy your tickets online.
Comedy Boat in New York
Would you love to visit a comedy club but the agenda for your trip is already full? Combine sightseeing and comedy! A cruise is a great way to see sights and especially admire the Manhattan skyline. And now you can enjoy a lunch or dinner at the same time and be entertained by some of the greatest New York comedians. Choose either the Sunday lunch cruise or Wednesday dinner cruise.
Please note that minimum drinking age is 21-years and the cruise is not recommended for kids under 12-years.
This cruise is seasonal