Info Carolines on Broadway first started as a small comedy club in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City in 1982. As the popularity of standup comedy surged in the United States in the 1980s, Carolines became known as one of the city’s best places to see talented comics such as Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Billy Crystal, Rosie ... more
New York, NY 10019
Info The Stress Factory Comedy Club, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is renowned for its top tier comic performances. Its intimate size makes it perfect for audience participation (and abuse) throughout its various shows. There's also an outdoor area available for pre-show drinks. Past performances at the Stress Factory ... more
90 Church St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Info Gotham Comedy Club is a stand-up comedy venue in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The club, which opened in 1996 and then again in 2006 at a new location, has featured some of the most famous names in comedy like Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook, and Dave Chappelle. Photos of these famous performers and others hang ... more
208 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Info The Eastville Comedy Club located in Manhattan, New York, is a comedy staple of the East Village neighborhood from where the club derives its name. With seating for over one hundred and thirty people, the comedy club has presented top acts from around the country, but also hosts daily open mic nights for developing neighborhood ... more
85 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
Party Earth Review One of New York’s most hallowed halls of stand-up, the Comedy Cellar – which has hosted the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chapelle, and Jon Stewart – remains a go-to venue for tourists, groups of giggling college students, and business types in the market for a few good laughs. A hallway hung floor to ceiling with headshots ... more
117 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
Info Located in Hasbrouck Heights, Bergen County, New Jersey, Bananas Comedy Club opened in 1988. Since then, many top comics, including Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, have played the venue. Jimmy Fallon had his first stand-up performance here, when he entered an open-mic performance at his mother’s urging and won. With a capacity ... more
283 Route 17 South
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
153 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
Info Broadway Comedy Club, located in the lively and bustling Times Square, is one of the most famous comedy venues in New York City. What makes the comedy club so popular is its wide list of stand-up comedic performers that come from the Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ... more
318 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Party Earth Review Founded by the late, great Rodney Dangerfield as a place for young comics to try out material that was often too dark or “out there” for the mainstream stand-up crowd, Dangerfield’s continues to offer a lineup of top-notch comics that draws a diverse clientele of tourists, aspiring comics, and everyone in between. Guests ... more
1118 First Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Info Levity Live is a comedy club with a restaurant and bar located in the enormous Palisades Mall in West Nyack, New York. Levity live is not only one of the best places in New York to catch an amazing comedy act, but it also works in conjunction with the Manhattan Comedy School as a well-renowned venue that offers classes ... more
4210 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
Some would argue that there’s no better place to see comedy than in Los Angeles – but the ones arguing the loudest would be New Yorkers because some of the best comedy clubs in the world are nestled in the city where every great comedian has played to the toughest-to-please rooms filled with heckling crowds.
For starters, just look at the long list of comedians who are from New York: Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jon Stewart, to name a few.
All of these hall-of-fame comedians broke their bones on the hardest stages in the world in New York comedy clubs like Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Comedy Cellar. Caroline’s first opened in 1982 and became famous for hosting then lesser-known comics like Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, and Jay Leno. The eponymous Dangerfield’s was opened by the legend himself in 1969 and has always been the place for up-and-coming talent – comics like Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Andrew Dice Clay, Bill Hicks and Jeff Foxworthy credit Rodney for much of their success early on.
Gotham Comedy Club opened in 1996 and has seen every big name in the business, while the Comedy Cellar opened in 1982 and has seen thousands of famous, infamous, and no-name comics grace its stage. And there are still many more comedy clubs in New York like Broadway Comedy Club, Ha! Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, the original Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and more.
Second fiddle is not something New Yorkers would ever take lightly, and when you consider the out-of-this-world talent that has graced the stages of NYC comedy clubs all over the city, it would be hard to consider them second to anyone.