There’s an almost intimidating amount of good comedy happening all over NYC on any given Friday night. We want to help you navigate the field a little easier by giving you some hot picks, personal favorites and whatever else we think you should try to check out.
The last time we checked, there were so many comedy clubs in the city that we lost count, so here are some options to make deciding easier if you want to spend a little extra money on tickets and two drinks to get you through your night of comedy.
Stand Up NY (7PM) – Awesome lineup on the early show tonight featuring comics like Joe Machi (Last Comic Standing), Mark Normand (Comedy Central Half Hour) and Dante Nero (The Beige Phillip Show).
The Comedy Cellar (12:15AM) – If you’re up for a late show at one of the best clubs in the country, you should do yourself a kindness and get to the Cellar tonight. Dave Attell, Nikki Glaser, Leslie Jones and Phil Hanley are just a few of the names scheduled to appear. Plus, it’s always a really fun time there (and you can get Mamoun’s before/after the show).
The Stand (10:00PM) – What a doozy of a lineup for this show: Todd Barry, Dan Soder, Monroe Martin and Nikki Glaser are all scheduled to make jokes at The Stand tonight.
Long Island City’s home for everything comedy always has amazing shows scheduled every night of the week, so picking what to see on a Friday night is tough, but you’ve got some options, plus the shows are always free.
Wildcats (8PM) – a rowdy, take no shit comedy show produced by comedians that like to joke on squares and take shit over. It’s an experience to say the least.
New York Sex Stories (10PM) – hosted by Kelly Fastuca and Kyle Ayers, this show should get your libido up or down (depending on what stories are shared during this rotating panel discussion). It looks like it’ll be one hell of a sexy, sexy time.
You’ll never have a problem finding free shows in NYC, even on a weekend night. There are so many of them a website was started by Andrew Bayroff to get them all listed in one place right here: FreeStandUpNYC.Com, but we’ll do a handy sort and pick for you to make it a bit simpler to decide.
HP5000 (9PM)- This is, without a doubt, one of the best free, monthly shows you can get yourself to in NYC. Lukas Kaiser and Hoff Matthews always puts together a lineup that’ll smoke your socks right off. This month they’ve got luminaries like Dave Hill, Grerg Barris, Anthony Atamanuik, Mike Pomranz and more stopping by the House Party to get up with the get down. It’ll be fun and it’s all at Brit Pack Theater (153 Lafayette St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY)
The Living Room (8PM)- the longest running sketch comedy and stand up show in Brooklyn presented by Abbi Crutchfield, Luke Thayer and Aaron Kominos-Smith is worth the trip out to the Postmark Cafe if you feel like spending some time in BK. Tonight they’ve got a hot lineup featuring: Mark Normand (that guy is everywhere), Michelle Buteau, Wil Sylvince, Crutchfield and more scheduled to go up and get funny.
Saloon Comedy (7PM) – part of the Free Stand Up Festival happening all over NYC this week, this show has some great up and coming talent coming up and it’s one of those things where you could go and see the next big comedy star for zero dollars at a cool bar on York Ave.. Should be a heck of a time with comedians like Harrison Greenbaum, Nick Callas, Narinder Singh, Andrew Bayroff, Katie Haller and more.
There you go. Enough options for you to wet your comedy whistle with on a Friday night to shake a stick at. Yes, that’s a confused, overwrought sentence, but we’d like to think at this point you’ve realized the stuff written in italics is kind of there for filler, so please enjoy some comedy tonight and this picture of a dog eating pizza we found online. Sincerely, Made of Bees.