Top 10 Stand-up Comedy Venues in New York City


stonesThe PIT
This powerhouse of comedy rivals any club in the city.  Many of its shows are sketch or improv, but it also has stand-up and variety shows including “The Stone and Stone Show,” “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky” and “Cold Soda.”  ($5 and $10 shows).

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Comedy Cellarcomedy-cellar
The biggest names frequent this club, which many regard as the best for stand-up in all of New York.  (Cover and drink minimum).

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UCB East
This younger sibling of UCB on the west side has many excellent stand-up shows including “The Tony Show With Anthony Atamanuik” and “Lasers in the Jungle.”  ($5 and $10 shows)


Union Hall
This Brooklyn staple produces a variety of great comedy shows including “Creaghead & Company” every Sunday night.  ($5 – $15)



Creek and the Cave

Located in Long Island City, this club representing the borough of Queens, has quickly become one of the hottest clubs in all of New York City.  Several stand-up comedy shows can be seen here every night of the week.  (Free)


Laughing Devil
Also in Long Island City, this intimate club still gets most of the top comedians that can be found in Manhattan.  (Cover and drink minimum)



Stand-Up NY
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this long standing club puts all of the top New York comedians up on its intimate stage.  (Cover and drink minimum). Click here for more on Stand-Up NY.


Carolines on Broadway
One of the biggest comedy clubs in New York City, this powerhouse will often feature big name headliners.  (Cover and drink minimum)


Gotham Comedy Club
Another large comedy club with big name headliners, this is a great club that also has a smaller room downstairs.  (Cover and drink minimum)


While this venue’s bread and butter is sketch and improv, it does put on some excellent stand-up shows, such as “Whiplash” on Monday nights.  ($5 and $10 shows)

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About the Authors

The Stone twins perform stand-up together and have been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, a series of national Verizon FiOS commercials and in videos on Comedy Central.  They have performed at comedy clubs and theaters throughout New York and Los Angeles, including the UCB Theater, Carolines, the Laugh Factory, and the New York Friars Club, where they have roasted people including Larry King, George Takei and Dennis Rodman.  The Stone brothers host their regular “Stone and Stone Show” on the last Monday of every month at the PIT.



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