Most comedy venues are closed tonight, but there are still laughs to be found at Comedy Cellar, The Stand, and QED—including a free screening of Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 movie about comics Don’t Think Twice
Recommendations for the best in New York City comedy tonight (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 11:30 am-7:00 pm: Absolutely free screenings of movies throughout Christmas—most notably, Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 comedy Don’t Think Twice at 5:15 pm—plus as much Chinese food as you care to buy, all at Astoria Queens’ QED: A Place to Show & Tell (27-16 23rd Avenue): Chinese and a Movie
[TOP PICK] [$] 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:30 pm ($24 plus 2-item food/drink min.): Some of the finest stand-ups in the country—including Todd Barry, Rachel Feinstein, Ari Shaffir, Greer Barnes, and Jon Fisch—spread among three shows at Comedy Cellar (117 MacDougal Street, between 3rd Street & Minetta Lane): Comedy Cellar Christmas
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($15; no min.): 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), Aaron Berg (TV series 24 Hour Rental, documentary A Universal Language, host of Frantic Mondays), Mark DeMayo (retired NYC cop with great stories; MTV’s Guy Code), and Justin Silver performing stand-up at The Stand Comedy Club (239 Third Avenue, off 20th Street): The Stand Christmas
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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