Greenwich Village has fostered a reputation as a home base for the performance arts since before the 1950s when it was the site to famous cafes and clubs such as The Gaslight Anthem, Gerde’s Folk City, and The Bitter End. While Greenwich Village is typically associated with jazz, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll, and remembered for the musicians that liked to hang out there, it is equally famous for its spoken word and comedy.
See the performance art side of Greenwich Village that is more word based than musical. Visit one of these venues for an evening of expression – and probably (definitely) some laughs.
1267, 117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012
The Comedy Cellar, founded by Bill Grundfest, has been around since the early 1980s. This Greenwich Village staple has earned a reputation with big-name comedians such as Dave Chappelle (Chappelle’s Show), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), and Louis C.K (Louie) performing regularly. The club has comedian showcases every day of the week and is the perfect place to get a laugh from more well-known comedians who are working out new material as well as those who are just getting their start. You can view the line up on their website.
61 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
The Duplex has been on the Village block since 1950. The club is more known for being the oldest cabaret in New York City, but the establishment offers something for everyone. There’s the Piano Bar, Upstairs, the Cabaret Theater, and the Café. You’ll find something going on 365 days a year from sing-a-longs, dancing, jazz, and of course, comedy. See what’s coming up next on the calendar on their website.
103 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011
Located at North Square Restaurant’s North Square Lounge this new salon series features everything from folk, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll music to spoken word and debuting July 15th with Tammy Faye Starlite, Adam Gabel, and Josh Paladini, comedy. Hosted by American rock singer, songwriter, producer, author, and longtime Greenwich Village resident, Richard Barone, this series plays to the history of The Washington Square Hotel and the self-expression of Greenwich Village. You can check the hotel’s website for information on upcoming shows and to purchase tickets.
The Village has been a place for expression for decades. If you’re ever looking for an evening of enjoying off-the-beaten-path entertainment, make your way to Greenwich Village and you’ll find something any day of the week.