Top Spots for Comedy in Jersey City
With the holidays coming up and inevitably being stuck inside with family for days, everyone could use a good laugh right now, so EverythingJerseyCity.com compiled a list of the top venues and shows to see comedy right here in Jersey City!
Everyone knows NYC is the comedy capital of the world, but many don’t realize that these high-profile comics that you see on TV every night often take a quick Path ride under the Hudson to Jersey City to perform. So, instead of heading into the city for date night again or going to the same bar after work, swing by one of these awesome shows–which are often cheaper and way more fun than Star Trek bar trivia with Carl from IT.
And considering that Jersey City is the most culturally diverse city in America, we have unique up-and-coming talent and a growing number of venues that offer shows and open mics for highlighting this talent. Whether you want to support local talent or have a fun, affordable night out, check out one of the great shows. Or who knows – maybe you’ll find yourself performing on stage at one of the open mics we listed? Either way, have fun and take advantage of another one of Jersey City’s many perks!
BEST RECURRING SHOWS
Corgi Comedy Club, Corgi Distillery (monthly show)
Corgi Distillery; 1 Distillery Drive, Jersey City, NJ, 07304
For the best comics on the scene and a real NYC stand up feel, check out this monthly show at Corgi Distillery. It features pro comics from HBO, Comedy Central, NBC, and more! Come see these comics before they hit it big! Doors open at 7:30 pm, the show starts at 8 pm, and as if the amazing comedy’s not enough, there’s $8 cocktail specials during the show!
Culture Vultures Comedy Show (monthly show)
FM Bar; 340 3rd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
For a diverse lineup and comics with a strong point of view, check out Culture Vultures every month at FM Bar. It highlights people of color (POC) and the LGBTQ community, and features both up-and-coming comics and pro comics from Comedy Central and TruTv. The show is monthly on Wednesdays at 8 pm.
Crockpot: Free and Absurd Comedy (monthly show)
Pet Shop Bar; 193 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302
If you’re more of a niche, alt comedy fan, Crockpot is for you! This show is every second Wednesday of the month at 8pm. It features up-and-coming comics and pro comics from NBC and more!
Bobby Dee’s Comedy (bi-monthly)
If you want to see local up-and-coming comics, stop by Bobby Dee’s Comedy shows. It’s monthly on Wednesdays at 9 pm, and the next one is December 18th. And if it inspires you to give it a shot yourself, Bobby Dee’s also has open mics every Tuesday.
WEEKLY OPEN-MICS AND UP-AND-COMING TALENT SHOWCASES
This weekly Open Mic is every Wednesday at Headroom Bar. Sign up is 6:30pm, it’s a 2 drink minimum to perform, and you get 8 minutes of stage time!
Everyone from musicians, poets, comics, to magicians are welcome to perform at this weekly open mic at FM Restaurant hosted by Nicholas Civatta. Sign up is 8 pm and there’s happy hour specials all night!
This open mic is at one of my favorite coffee spots in Jersey City! BWE Kafe is stylish, cozy, and dedicated on providing awesome community events like these open mics. The mics are the last Saturday of the month at 8 pm.
This vintage craft beer and burger spot is the perfect vibe for a weekend open mic. Join hosts Mark Henely and Angela Sharp every second and fourth Saturday at McGinley Square Pub. Sign up starts at 3:30 pm, it’s a 1 item minimum to perform, and you get 5 minutes of stage time.