NYC Comedy Clubs Overview

Carolines On Broadway - Comedy Club in NYC

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.

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