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Comedy & Stand-up in New York - August 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Comedy & Stand-up in New York for the month of August 2017

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: Closes 8th December 2017

Brooklyn-born Jerry Seinfeld continues his Beacon Theater residency, playing one show every month. Arguably one of the greatest comedians of his time, Seinfeld has been entertaining audiences with his witty observations of the mundane little wrinkles of life since he stepped up to the mic in 1976. More info

: Closes 24th August 2017

Dave Chappelle returns to New York's Radio City Music Hall for his second residency! He heads to the Big Apple hot on the heels of his two hugely successful Netflix Comedy Specials (with a third set to air later this year) and his SNL hosting gig. Like his 2014 string of Radio City dates, these shows will see him joined by some very special guests every night, including Chris Rock and The Roots. More info

: 20th August

Bill Maher has set the boundaries of political humour on American television, and even now continues to push new ones. His combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have earned him a staggering 23 Emmy nominations to date. The controversial satirist's career launched with stand-up almost 30 years ago and he returns to his roots an unforgettable night of sharpshooting political satire. More info

: Closes 9th December 2017

Amateur Night At The Apollo has been a key feature in the local music scene since 1934 when it launched, and has been the stepping stone in the career of many world-class musicians and entertainers, including Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. The audience has the responsibility of cheering loudly for those they like, and booing those they deem less adept off the stage. More info

: 25th August

In 2014 Artie Lange released a new stand-up special through Comedy Central. Entitled The Stench of Failure, it was something of a triumph for Lange, who over the past couple of years has been on the comeback trail after a suicide attempt in 2010. With his long history of drug abuse and rehab visits finally behind him, Lange is finally clean and back at the top of his game. More info

: 18th August

Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. The Boston Globe said, "Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician - swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net." More info

: Closes 20th August 2017

Comedian Tracy Morgan continues his comeback tour Picking Up the Pieces following his horrible, life-threatening traffic accident in 2014. Coming to fame as a stand-up, Morgan became a household name through his seven season stint on the Tina Fey show 30 Rock, playing a thinly veiled version of himself named Tracy Jordan. More info

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