If you have cash to spend, and don’t want to gamble on some young bucks at UCB, the best guaranteed world-class night of funny in New York is still The Comedy Cellar. Known to a nation of discerning stand-up fans as the club in the opening credits of Louis C.K.’s hit FX show, Louie, the Cellar is the city’s A-room of A-rooms, where crowds and comics combine to build the best energy in town. As well as true legends of the New York scene—your Dave Attells, Colin Quinns, Chris Rocks—the club is blooding a new generation, too, with future stars Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, and Big Jay Oakerson doing great work. Don’t be put off by the cheesy website; this place is the real deal for seriously funny people. And if your tastes veer deep blue? Try the late-night Nasty Show at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and midnight on Thursdays. You’ll hear the word “fuck” a lot.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013