If you are looking for comedy clubs and legends, no place quite hits the funny bone like NYC. Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, and Friends were all filmed or are still filmed in the iconic city and many of comedy’s top legends got their start in the famous venues in or around Manhattan. You can even see them today as they often tour their favorite spots when not filming or working other projects. While comedy is in no short supply in this city, here are some fun picks that are within minutes from Times Square.
Caroline’s: If you have to see one venue and one venue only, this is the one. Located in Broadway, this comedy club helped launch the careers of Jerry Seinfeld, Rosie O’Donnell, and Jay Leno. The iconic club still boasts great acts from headliners and newcomers alike, and who knows who may decide to pop in and dust off the microphone. Located a few short blocks from your Times Square hotel, this venue is a must see.
Broadway comedy club: Also located in the theatre district, this club has been featured on several specials and hosts some of the top stars from SNL as regular performers. This is also a great spot to catch NYC’s hottest new comics as well as established performers and legends. You could easily hit this venue and catch a show without even leaving walking distance from Times Square.
Dangerfields: Located in Midtown East, this comedy club is a bit farther than some others but still within walking distance from Times Square. This is where many of the classic HBO specials were filmed and you can still see comedy’s top headliners today. Billed as the longest running comedy club in the world, it holds its reputation well for having only the best lineups as well as special guests.