Free Open Mic Stand Up Comedy in New York City

The following is a post from Patrick G. Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick will list some of the best free Stand up comedy troupes in NYC. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.

Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City

Upright Citizens Brigade is one of the leading comedy improv troupes in New York City. They are also the only one whose performances are always free. On Friday nights they host their version of an open mic night that offers both standup an sketch comedy. No reservations are required but these shows are popular and they tend to have a full house that fills up quite quickly, so it is always best to arrive a couple hours early to get tickets.


  • Upright Citizens Brigade, 307 West 26th Street, (212) 366-9176

New York Comedy Club in New York City

New York Comedy Club offers free open mic nights every Monday starting at 3 pm. Watching the performances is free, but they do charge all the comedians $5. They also do not have any drink minimum, unlike many other free comedy performances. Since it’s open to the public and anyone can perform, many of the performances aren’t very memorable, but they do have lots of amateur comedians that have performed here before moving on to better things.

  • New York Comedy Club, 241 East 24th Street, (212) 696-5233

The People’s Improv Theater in New York City

The People’s Improv Theater, which is also known as the PIT, is one of the most popular spots for sketch comedy and improv in New York City. They are especially popular for their free shows. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night at 11 pm they offer improv jams as well as stand up open mic. Sometimes these shows fill up very quickly so sometimes it’s best to arrive a bit early to get a seat, particularly for the Thursday night shows.

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