NYC Entertainment: Comedy Clubs

New York City is well known for its many Comedy Clubs. What would you expect from the city who brought you Jerry Seinfeld? While all of the following places have great comics, the minimums tend to run a bit high.

Boston Comedy Club
82 West 3rd St. btw. Thomson and Sullivan, 477-1000
Take the A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to West 4th Street
Two drink minimum every night
$8 Mon at 8pm, Sun and Tues-Thurs at 9:30pm
$12 Fri-Sat at 8pm, 10pm and Midnight

Caroline's on Broadway
1626 Broadway btw. 49th and 50th Sts, 757-4100
B, D to 7th Ave, C, E, 1, 9 to 50th St, N, R to 49th St.
Two drink minimum every night. Customers get harrassed frequently by comedians here, so if you prefer not to be part of the act, skip Caroline's.
$10-$27 Sun-Thurs at 8pm and 10:30pm
$17-$27 Fri-Sat at 8pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am

Comedy Cellar
117 MacDougal Street between W. 3rd. and Bleecker, 254-3480
A, C, E, B, D, F, Q to West 4th Street
Cozy comedy room in the heart of the village, located below the Olive Tree Cafe. Been going for more than 11 years. "Best comedy room in town" according to the New York Post. Website: "Reserve seats online for any Monday-Thursday night shows and your tickets are FREE".
Two drink minimum every night
$10 Sun-Wed 9pm
$10 Thu 9pm and 11pm
12$ Fri 9pm 10:45pm and 12:30am
Sat 7pm 10$ 9pm 10:45pm and12:30am 12$

Comic Strip Live
1568 Second Ave. between 81st and 82nd St, 861-9386
4, 5, 6 to 86th Street
Pub style club where Jim Morris did his Reagan impressions.
Ten dollar drink minimum every night
Mon No cover at 8pm
$10 Tues-Thu at 8:30pm
$15 Fri at 8:30pm, 10:30 pm and 12:30am
$15 Sat at 8pm, 10:15pm and 12:30am
$10 Sun at 8pm

353 West 14th St., 524-2500
A, C, E, L to 14th and 8th Ave
Chic lounge with an impressive copper bar (and contemporary American cuisine) in the heart of The Meatpacking District. See website for calendar and details.

1118 First Ave. bet. 61st and 62nd St, 593-1650
N, R to Lexington, 4, 5, 6, to 59th Street
Rodney's own club, a place where up and coming comics launch their careers. HBO specials featuring Roseanne Barr, Sam Kinnison, and Jerry Seinfeld have been filmed here. Be prepared for a surprise, since show programs are only posted on the day of the show. Special guests appear often unannounced.
No Drink Minimum
$12.50 Sun-Thurs at 8:45pm
$15 Fri at 8:30pm and 10:30pm
$15 Sat at 8pm and 12:30am
$20 Sat at 10:30pm

Gladys' Comedy Room
At Hamburger Harry's, 145 W. 45th St btw Broadway and Sixth, 832-1762
If you are looking for a place to have a party, this is a good choice. Beer and food are good and cheap and minors are allowed to enter the club. Call ahead for reservations and mention
$5 table minimum every night; can be food or drink.
Wed 7:30pm-11pm: Talent Night
Sign up to perform 6:45; names are drawn by lottery.
$12 Thursday and Friday from 8:30-11:15
$12 Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30

Discount for any adult under 5 feet with proof of height.

Gotham Comedy Club
34 W. 22nd St btw 5th and 6th Ave, 367-9000
F, N, R, 1, 9 to 23rd Street
Two drink minimum every night
$10 Sun-Thurs at 8:30pm
$15 Fri-Sat at 8:30pm and 10:30pm

New York Comedy Club
241 E 24th St btw 2nd and 3rd Ave, 696-5233
6 to 23rd Street
Two drink minimum every night
$5 Sun-Thurs at 9pm
$10 Fri at 8pm, 10pm, and 11:30pm
$10 Sat at 8pm, 10pm, and 11:30pm

Stand-Up NY
236 West 78th Street, near Broadway, 595-0850
1, 9 to 79th Street
Good comedy with headliners from Leno and Letterman shows. Steven Wright tries out new material here on occasional trips.
Two drink minimum per person in the showroom, reservations recommended
$15 Sun-Thurs at 8pm
$20 Fri 8pm and 10:15pm
$20 Sat 8pm, 10pm, and 12:15am

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (schedule)
161 W. 22nd St btw 6th and 7th Ave, 366-9176
The theater, owned and operated by TV's Upright Citizens Brigade, hosts improvised and sketch comedy six nights a week. No show is over $5.