Everyone likes comedy (right?), but it’s not as funny if you’ve been shanghaied into a low-grade show by one of those aggressive hawkers on the corner of Macdougal and Bleecker. As much good comedy as there is in New York, there’s also enough roll-your-eyes and wish-you-elsewhere material to put you off seeing open mics until the next lifetime. To separate the side-splitting nights from the total snoozers, we asked working New York City comedians to recommend venues for good laugh on the cheap in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Littlefield

Littlefield

Gowanus
First up, a confession from VH1 regular Michelle Buteau: “I’m totally biased because I live in Bed-Stuy, and I don’t like driving over bridges.” Nevertheless, she says, “The new Littlefield looks exactly like the old one; it’s like a guy who divorces his wife saying, ‘I need someone new,’ and then marries someone who looks identical to his ex. It’s très cute.” Buteau recommends seeing the weekly and monthly shows, which all offer a different vibe, as well as the chance to see “cool drop-ins” like Jim Gaffigan and “the Broad City bitches.”

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