Comedy Cellar, New York City

The Comedy Cellar is a comedy club in Manhattan where many top New York comedians perform. It was founded in 1982 by then stand-up comedian, and current television writer/producer Bill Grundfest. It is located in the heart of Greenwich Village on 117 Macdougal Street between West 3rd Street and Minetta Lane. Above the club is a restaurant called The Olive Tree Cafe to which it is connected, where many of the comedians hang out after performing. The club is owned by Noam Dworman, who inherited it from his late father, Manny, and ran by booker Estee Adoram, who has developed the club’s talent for nearly four decades. The businesses share the same menu, kitchen, and staff.

The Comedy Cellar, like The Comedy Store, uses a showcase format, as opposed to a headline format like most clubs. A show will consist of between five and seven comics performing sets of roughly 10-15 minutes each. Each week consists of three to six shows a night on Sunday through Thursday and ten shows each Friday and Saturday, between both the original room and the larger Village Underground around the corner. It is frequently cited as the best comedy club in the United States.

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  • The food and drink was always flowing. Nice crowd. Great staff. Very organized operation. Great comedians from beginning to end.  more »
  • We attended the Monday night 7:30 show and it was great! Each act was great (some funnier than others) and very engaging with the crowd. The venue itself is a lot smaller than I had imagined but...  more »
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  • My favorite comedy spot, after seeing my first live comedy show here, I was hooked. Their buffalo wings are amazing and the drinks are nice and strong. The line up is pretty amazing, you never know who may make an appearance. I saw Amy Schumer here because she got super famous. They always have great talent. I never have a bad experience here. I laugh so hard here. I love it. Highly recommended, definitely will be returning soon.
  • Amazing comics are the regular menu here at this super-famous, yet somehow super-local comedy club. Visitors to the United states will be joined by local NYCers for a casual and insanely fun time in the kind of atmosphere that has been defining stand-up for decades now. Many top comics got their start here and will still perform here from time to time. It's possible to see Kevin Hart, Jon Stewart, Larry David, etc. perform here but only if you are lucky! But regardless, all comics that perform here in my experience are great! Highly recommended!!!

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