In a city where everyone is constantly on the hustle to get ahead, it can be nice to loosen up the reigns and let someone else do the heavy lifting for a night. Such is the case at so many of the comedy clubs that grace Manhattan's streets, drawing in unassuming patrons and turning them into participating audience members by the end of an act.
At standbys like Carolines on Broadway or Comedy Cellar, visitors generally know what they're getting themselves into: it's rare to walk away from one of the greats with a frown on your face.
However, much of the real comedy magic for many New Yorkers lies in the unknown. In places like Laughing Buddha, where up-and-coming hopefuls take the stage to try out new material, or during shows like Never Sleep Alone at Joe's Pub, where one might find his or her tongue wrapped up with a stranger in a hilarious twist of fate.
No matter the occasion, there's always a reason to crack a grin when you plop down in your seat at one of these comedy cellars. Not sure where to start?
Below, we take a trip to the 10 best comedy clubs in New York.