117 MacDougal St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.730132 -74.000461
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
A perfect date night! – I went with my boyfriend and another couple - it was a great Friday night date night! They are very organized and efficient, even with a packed crowd. Some of the jokes were NOT PG, so be warned. No bad seat in the house, and not completely packed with tourists. Great find!
The Real Thing in a basement – I have been to comedy shows in other clubs in the city but NOTHING tops the Comedy Cellar.
Located in a basement of a restaurant I was not a believer then i saw the show!
First off, John Mayer was in the audience watching the show. That guy can go any where and see comedy. He too decided to come to the cellar. Maybe it was because CHRIS ROCK walked in and did a set! It was amazing! The other comedians did not let me down. I left and my face hurt from laughing.
I have been to other places in NYC but I am coming back here. Again and again and again.
Thank you Comedy Cellar for doing it better than any other club in the city!
Best Comedy Club EVER! – It was freezing in New York City and I braved the elements to see what turned out to be the best comedy show EVER!
The whole experience was great, easy, and fun.
Walked into the same enterance that I see on the Lois C.K. show! Passed the same guy on the stairs as well!! Was ushered into the (somewhat cramped) seating. The staff was fast and very nice. My waiter, a tall guy named Arden, was great! He recommended food and was helpful explaining that I didnt need to have drinks only to hit my two item minimum.
The show was KILLER!
JIM NORTON! I love him!
That guy from Best Week Ever, I cant remember his name.
Jeff Ross was IN THE AUDIENCE watching with me!
Whatever, i could go on but you should just GO! It was really great.
Go! Go NOW!
A lot a fun!
AHole Manager – Went there on a Thursday night. Had reservations and was waiting on line to get into the place with my friend. My friend and I were having a quiet conversation while waiting when the so-called Manager approached us and requested proof of age. I'm 47 years old and my friend is a couple of years older than me. How much of an a*hole do you have to be to single out a 47 year man from the line and proof him?
After proofing us, he proceeded to ask us how many drinks we had so far that night. The answer to that question is one drink a piece for the whole night up til then. A*hole then proceeded to proclaim that Comedy Cellar is about comedy and not drinking and that he would only let us into the place if we were cut off. Isn't the whole purpose of a Comedy Club to have a couple of drinks and laugh and relax? We were in no way intoxicated or rowdy. This guy is a total moron.
I'm not sure who this A*hole thinks he is or why he chose to harass us, but I'm sure he is going to cost Comedy Cellar plenty in lost business and bad reputation. My friends and I definitely won't be coming back to that joke of a place thanks to him. I had been a loyal patron of the place, but never again.
While the comedians were very good, there are plenty of better places to spend your money. Places where they appreciate your business and treat you with respect.
Very rude staff – I'm not one to normal post negative reviews, but I had such a poor experience here I think it is worth noting. The staff was so rude and disorganized when I tried to go last week. I went with a party of 4 on a Monday night. I got there a few minutes after the rest of the group. The clipboard guy has unable to locate the name of my party on the seating chart. His solution was to turn me away and tell me to make a reservation for another show. The show wasn't started yet and others went in after me. I don't want to think the comedy cellar purposefully discriminated against me but I don't know why they wouldn't let me join my party. Not sure if they have the goods to back up being a prima donna or they are just fakers. Maybe New Yorkers are just rude in general. Very disappointing they don't care about their customers. They must figure most will never be back anyway.
Trick you into tipping almost 100% of the check cost. – My husband and I went to The Comedy Cellar for a 7:30 show on a Saturday night. Admission was $18 each and they have a 2 drink minimum--all pretty standard stuff. However, the problem was when the bill came. The server charged us a 15% tip on the drinks (ok) AND the admission fee (NOT ok). He wanted almost a $20 tip on just over $40 worth of drinks (almost 50%). When I asked him about it, he became snippy and demanded that we tip him for "setting up the room" before we got there. Not wanting to ruin a good night, I handed him my credit card and decided just not to return. When he returned with the bill for me to sign, I saw that he had charged me for the drinks, admission, his tip, and there was still a blank line on the check that read "tip." So if I were not paying attention to the bill initially (and not known that the outrageous 50% tip was already included) I would have tipped him another $20--and he would have received a 100% tip ($40 in drinks, $40 tip). OUTRAGEOUS!
Great comedians, Ok service – This is a great little comdedy club, that truly delivers. The comediens are for the most part always great, and will have you laughing your hardest. The service may not be the greatest, but its all about the show and having a good time with friends.
David Voice Stein and Jimmy Hammer were Great – When I first came I was a little worried. I thought it would be too small. However once the show began I forgot about all that. All the comedians were great but the two that stuck out were David The Voice Stein and JImmy Hammer!
NOT WORTH DEALING WITH RUDE STAFF – HORRIBLE SERVICE, RUDE STAFF AND MANAGER! COMEDIANS WERE FAIRLY LAME TOO. ENOUGH SAID!! WILL HAPPILY WILL GIVE MY BUSINESS TO ANOTHER COMEDY CLUB NEXT TIME IN NYC.
Ridiculously Fun!! – Was not sure what to expect here, but must say that i have not laughed this hard in years.. and i laugh a lot! There were several short stand-up acts all of which were entertaining. Veronica Mosey, imparticular, was fabulous! She entertained the room from the moment she started to the second she ended, and left us wanting more. I can't wait to see her again. She was accompanied by Ross Bennett & Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock who were also wildly funny. I can't wait to get back soon and hope to see some of the same faces again.
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