Ready to Laugh? Head to Gotham Comedy Club

Ready to Laugh? Head to Gotham Comedy Club

I like to laugh. But, I must admit, after living in NYC for nearly a decade, my experience with Big Apple comedy clubs is somewhat limited. I’ve seen up-and-comers try out new material on downtown stages and recognizable faces work the rooms uptown, and, I can whole-heartedly say each outing offered a fun-filled, unique experience. When it comes to what all these comedy shops do have in common, most venues I’ve visited are somewhat cramped, dimly lit spaces, where patrons are packed in—giving you no other choice but to get to know your neighbors. On the food and beverage front, some places offer a few basic bar bites (normally of the peanuts and popcorn variety) to wash down the standard bottle of Bud.  

Not to say there’s anything wrong with the above, but if you want to enjoy a few laughs in a spacious setting, some delectable cuisine and a few creative cocktails, I suggest a trip to Gotham Comedy Club.

I visited the Chelsea venue on Monday and was quite taken by the size of the place. There are plenty of tables and chairs spaced out throughout the main show room, meaning you can easily see the comics on stage from anywhere you sit. (FYI: There’s also a stage on the lower level.)

I got to Gotham Comedy Club about an hour before show time and after my boyfriend and I were led to a spacious table with a prime view of the stage, we perused the extensive menu of appetizers (think crisp, Hand-Cut Idaho Fries, Buffalo Chicken Strips, Chicken & Mango Spring Rolls and more), main courses—from the Goat Cheese Salad and Grilled Chicken Sandwich to the Turkey Club Wrap and Charbroiled Sirloin Burger—and sweet tooth-satisfying desserts.  

The beau and I each opted for the flavorful Turkey Club Wrap with a heaping helping of crisp fries on the side. Although we washed down the food with wine, if you’re craving a cocktail, Gotham Comedy Club has plenty to go around, including The Saint, with organic elderflower liqueur and Prosecco with a lemon twist; the Ginger Margarita, an interesting mix of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, tequila, triple sec and freshly squeezed lime juice; the Dark & Stormy, with Gosling’s dark rum, ginger beer and a splash of freshly squeezed lime juice; and more. The comedy club also boasts a wide variety of wine, beer and spirits if you have something particular in mind.

After enjoying dinner, my boyfriend and I had the fuel needed for a night of non-stop laughs. Monday night’s performance kicked off Supply & Demand—a stand-up series that enjoyed a popular run in Los Angeles. A diverse collection of comics took to the stage Monday night, including Josh Gondelman, a comedian originally from Massachusetts who served as host and talked about the hilarious perils of 21st century communication, aka texting; Pat Brown, a (fairly) recent transplant from Atlanta who discussed the always annoying, but often funny, chore of apartment hunting in NYC; Jon Fisch, an observational comic who shared his funny exploits with online dating; Brett Druck, whose shtick included jabs at social media and race relations; Saurin Choksi, who talked about the pitfalls of puberty and riding mass transit; and Wil Sylvince, a globetrotting comic who discussed his travels and hilarious interactions with TSA.

Whether from NYC or in town for a visit, each audience member seemed to enjoy the experience, with everyone in the house laughing out loud at something completely relatable.

If you want to enjoy a laid-back night of comedy with mouthwatering morsels in a comfortable setting, check out Gotham Comedy Club. Supply & Demand will take place every Monday in February. For a complete calendar of what’s headed to the venue, click here.  


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