Sending chuckles echoing throughout the surrounding neighborhood for more than 25 years, Standup NY has staged dozens of nationally acclaimed comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Caroline Rhea, and Judah Friedlander. The intimate, 100-seat venue hosts as many as three available nightly performances from performers who have appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, and the kiss cam at an NBA playoff game. A full bar unleashes torrents of humor-helping cocktails, wine, and beer, and the kitchen plates piles of pub grub such as buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks chosen from a full menu of eats.
Before it became home to The Underground in 1997, the restaurant and bar's turn-of-the-century building housed a teashop owned by Mike Tyson's former mother-in-law and a communist bookstore reportedly teeming with FBI agents. It's an appropriately eclectic history for a nightspot that has been a filming location for TV shows such as Law and Order and stages diverse acts almost nightly, from offbeat musicals and cabaret singers to burgeoning comics and jazz combos.
Melodies and laughter soar toward The Underground's arched brick ceilings, carrying all the way to the bar where, behind its handmade stone top, bartenders mix cocktails, pour wines, and supply beer by the tap, bottle, and can. Libations complement the kitchen's shareable snacks, which range from platters of cuban paninis or barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches to pizzas such as the gorgonzola apple, which chefs make by hand with fruit plucked from a gorgonzola apple tree.
Dangerfield's, at 1118 First Avenue, New York, the World-Famous, Landmark, comedy club, is the only comedy club associated with a top entertainment celebrity. Often Imitated, Never Duplicated Dangerfield's is the Longest Running Comedy Club in the World.
Nestled in the heart of Times Square, Broadway Comedy Club harvests chuckles in the Big Apple with standup comedy acts, improv groups, and musical comedies. A veritable melting pot of talent, Broadway Comedy Club showcases comedians seen on shows such as NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Conan, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The club also nurtures fledgling comics into hilarious swans with open-mic nights and standup classes, which teach students how to craft original material from just their wits, construction paper, and cases of sewing bobbins. An expansive cabaret-style theater and diverse menu of bar fare and cocktails cater to large audiences ready to laugh.
In a late-night, recurring show at esteemed comedy club Carolines on Broadway, The Degenerates unearth jokes too edgy for broad daylight, instead allowing them to flourish in the illicit midnight hour. This motley crew of up-and-coming comedians bursts polite society's bubble under the irresponsible watch of host and producer Joe Masse. Once called too good-looking for comedy and too cool for a career as a hot-glass blower, Masse slays taboos about obesity, poverty, and gender roles. Joining him to parachute punch lines into ears' landing zones are fellow Degenerates Josh Spear, whose conversational style skewers urban life and pop culture, and Indian comic Anu Kalra, known for his unconventional riffs on the Indian-American experience. Dan Frigolette spits observational humor with a mouth that's filthier than a mud sculpture of Sam Kinison, and Kyle Fincham rounds out the lineup with a precise, energetic style.