Premeditated comedy is the same thing as premeditated crime—both would be more hilarious if spontaneous. Seat yourself before a scene of utter unpredictability with today's delightfully inconsistent deal: for $9, you get one ticket to an improv show at Manhattan's National Comedy Theatre (a $15 value), plus free popcorn (a $2 value) to satisfy your late-night, comedy-induced cravings. Watch as NCT's talented players face off in a hilarious improvised competition at 9:45 p.m. on Friday or Saturday nights. NCT's show is completely different every time and funny for all ages, so grab your 2.5 children and 8.7 grandnieces. You haven't had a family laugh this good since that time the dog fell down the stairs and was basically fine.
Sidesplitting scenarios will have you doubled over as each comedy team participates in a variety of games inspired by audience suggestions and moderated by a referee. Decide the winning team based on which troupe best molded your ab-laugh-muscles into a perfect six-pack. There are no age restrictions or drink minimums at National Comedy Theatre, so everyone can laugh without spending money on babysitters and sugary cocktails. Though NCT offers a 7:30 p.m. show, your Groupon is only good for 9:45 p.m. shows on Friday or Saturday nights (except holidays) for the next nine months.
To reserve your seats, call at least 24 hours in advance. Seats to this interactive hootenanny often sell out, so each event is subject to availability. New Yorkers love the opportunity to yell things from the crowd while being labeled not as a heckler but instead as a valuable contributor. Round up a group of your former, current, or imaginary frat brothers or sorority sisters for a raucous night of borderline debauchery. The show is proud of its clean content but also is not afraid to push the limits, such as the infamous "funky buttloving" line in the family movie Rookie of the Year.
Citysearchers give National Comedy Theatre in NY five stars:
- All the performers were hilarious and made the time go by so fast that I wish I had time to watch another show. – halfonit
- It's a really great looking place, which only adds to the quality of the performances. The cast was original, hilarious and performed some of the best improv that we had ever seen - either live or on television. – bennster
- The first thing we noticed was the theater itself. It's very "upscale,"...We have already been back twice...it's one of the best date-nights in New York. – gmagazino