Most comedy venues are closed tonight, but there are still lots of laughs to be found at QED, Comedy Cellar, Carolines, and The Stand
Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy tonight (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
6:30 pm ($10): Stand-ups Angela Cobb, Lawson Leong, Andrea Ilene Shapiro, and Jarrid Reed, plus musical guest Roo McGoo, all performing at Astoria Queens’ QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue) hosted by Kaity Neagle: Twas: A Night Before Christmas Show
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:00 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:45 pm, 9:15 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:30 pm, 11:15 pm, and 12:15 am ($15 cover for FBP, $24 cover for CC & VV, plus 2-item food/drink min.): Some of the finest stand-ups in the country spread among four shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane), the 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30 shows at Village Underground (130 West 3rd Street, off Sixth Avenue), and the 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm shows at The Fat Black Pussycat Lounge (130 West 3rd Street): Comedy Cellar Christmas Eve
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($10): “Enjoy the last Christmas ever with comedy, stories, music, and games that explore the true meaning of the holidays: bitterness and resentment. Hosted by alcoholic stepdad Alexander Scott, with a little help from a certain jolly man in red (The Devil), plus Lucie Steiner (wrier for Jon Stewart’s new HBO show), David Lawson (fresh, sharp, edgy storyteller; Solocom; host of The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show), John Field, David Finklestein, Jake Flores, Tiana Miller, Benel Germosen, and more, all performing at Astoria Queens’ QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue): Congratulations! You Ruined Christmas!
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm ($25; no min.): Big Jay Oakerson (Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central Presents, Louie, Inside Amy Schumer, HBO, Showtime, MTV, IFC; co-host of podcasts Legion of Skanks and The SDR; stellar new comedy album Live at Webster Hall), Ari Shaffir (Conan O’Brien, host of Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening, HBO’s Down and Dirty, National Lampoon, Comedy Central special Passive Aggressive), Rachel Feinstein (finalist on Last Comic Standing; Inside Amy Schumer, HBO, The Apprentice, Comedy Central special Only Whores Wear Purple, opens for Sarah Silverman on tour), Jon Rudnitsky (Saturday Night Live, The Groundlings), Vladimir Caamano (CW), and Luis J. Gomez performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue, off 20th Street): The Stand Christmas Eve
[TOP PICK] [$] 10:00 pm ($32.25 & 2-drink min.) Judy Gold (Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, The View) headlines one last night at the Carolines Comedy Club: Merry Hanukkah with Judy Gold
[FREE] 9:30 pm: Stand-ups Michelle Slonim (ComedyCentral.com), Suzanne Lea Shepard (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Freddy G (NPR), Ben Rosenfeld, Ben Switzer, and Narinder Singh performing at Astoria Queens’ QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue) guest-hosted by Jessica Brodkin (TruTV): Last Stop Laughs
Christmas Eve Open Mic
[FREE] 5:00 pm-7:00 pm: Walk-in comedy open mic (lottery system, with sign-up starting at 4:30 pm) providing each selected comic 4 minutes on stage at Astoria Queens’ QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue) hosted by Chris Gersbeck & Veronica Garza: Murray Povich Mic
For many more shows, please click the following links to top NYC comedy venues:
Best Inexpensive Stand-Up, Improv, Sketch, and Storytelling
Upright Citizens Brigade Chelsea (307 West 26th Street): 150-seater; one of the most respected comedy theatres in the world; especially strong on improv, sketch, solo shows, and one-act comedic plays; shows free-$10
Upright Citizens Brigade East (153 East 3rd Street): 99-seater; a top comedy venue that focuses more than sister theatre UCB Chelsea on stand-up and screenings, and on experimental shows taking big risks; shows free-$10
The PIT Striker (Upstairs) Theatre (123 East 24th Street): 88-seater; a top venue that’s a powerful rival of UCB, and often surpasses UCB when blending comedy with music and/or theatricality; shows free-$20
The Annoyance Theatre (367 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn; J/M/Z to Marcy or L to Lorimer): 50-seat theatre; spinning off from Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre, brings a fiercely fresh, experimental approach to improv and sketch; shows free-$10
Best NYC Stand-Up Comedy Clubs
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