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Founded in 1961, the Bitter End is New York's oldest rock club. There is no food served here, so you do not have to worry about the sounds of tinkling glasses and quaking crockery distracting the likes of Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan. Over the years, a number of big name comedians have performed here as well, including Woody Allen, George Carlin and Joan Rivers. A brick wall forms the backdrop for all these acts, including many you may not have heard about.
If you're in the mood to laugh, stop by the Comedy Cellar and watch some of today's best comedians perform their material. Near New York University, this casual spot is the ideal place for a group gathering. Some of the best comedians of today have showcased their material here before making it big, and both Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld have made the crowds roar. Above the Comedy Cellar is the Olive Tree Cafe,which serves some amazing cappuccinos, desserts, milkshakes, and full meals.
The People's Improv Theater is acclaimed to be one of the best improv lessons in New York. This versatile venue is host to many events and theatrical performances. The place is always buzzing as an array of activities are always going on, right from rehearsals to functions, workshops to classes. The theater can also be rented out for social events.
Hecklers beware, the stand-up performers at this elegant Flatiron club are fiercely witty. In the main showroom, up-and-coming talent and headliners share the stage. Theme shows, such as Comedy Salsa, Sketch Comedy Mondays and New Talent Night run during the week. The downstairs bar is perfect for cocktails either before or after a show.
Expect shock value from the witty performers at this popular funny forum. There seems no room for politeness among the gutsy comedians who share their straightforward and hysterical thoughts on life. Audiences will enjoy an evening of edgy and insightful humor. Chris Rock, notorious for speaking his mind, got his start here. Damon Wayans of In Living Color and Rodney Dangerfield have also entertained these audiences.
If you're a big fan of theatre or comedy than head to Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Chelsea. The admission fee is priced at a low cost. Guests always praise the performances of the actors as they give it their best. The theatre also has a bar where you can sip on a beer while the show is on.
This theater company is made up of a group of outstanding actors, that puts on weekly shows at its namesake venue, the National Comedy Theatre. Here you and your whole family can enjoy clean and the most hilarious comedy, which is a special feature of this ensemble. The actors split into two separate groups and use audience participation to fuel the show. The National Comedy Theatre group travels worldwide, entertaining and delighting people of all ages across the globe.
This Times Square comedy club will add spice to your evening with its roster of top comedians. A descending staircase leads patrons to a lively bar scene. In the bright showroom, snack on scrumptious calamari and Buffalo wings while America's top comics perform. Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho and Colin Quinn have all performed their material at this famous forum. There is a two-drink minimum, as well as a cover charge.
Rodney Dangerfield, the forefather of much of today's crude humor, passes on his name and the jester tradition to other comics at this marvelous venue. Expect a range of tame to raunchy material and a large crowd. And, like most good comedy clubs in New York, make sure you get there early to secure a good seat.
Food and entertainment are two things everyone loves. Get the best of both at Stand Up New York. Delectable cuisine accompanied by amazing comic stand-ups prove to be a treat that is irresistible to say the least. This ever popular, Upper West Side club has been in the entertainment business for over two decades, and still retains a fresh and trendy atmosphere. Of course, with popular and upcoming performers on stage, you are in for an evening of laughter that will leave you with an urge to relive the experience.
Comic Strip Live, just as the name suggests, is all about making you laugh. The oldest name in stand-up comedy, this is the place where comic veterans like Jerry Seinfield and Adam Sandler started out before they hit stardom. The comedy acts are top notch and promise to keep you in stitches. With a seating capacity of 200, the club can accommodate groups in a cabaret style setting. The venue can also be rented out for corporate presentations, functions and private parties.