Times Square Arts Center

(212) 586-7829 | View Website

303 W 42nd St, New York, NY | Directions   10036

40.757697 -73.989918

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Times Square Arts Center
Times Square Arts Center
Times Square Arts Center

From The Owners of Times Square Arts Center

Top New York City Comedy Club. Five Rooms, Excellent for Events. \n

Reviews for Times Square Arts Center

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

revolting comedy – The Times Square Arts Center sells tickets to unsuspecting New Yorkers and tourists, through various sales people in and around Times Square. The tickets vary in price, and the sales people drop the prices by dramatic amounts, once one looks uninterested. They do mention that there's a two-drink minimum, with alcoholic drinks going for around $7 to $10, and non-alcoholic ones for $5.

The worst part about this show was that is was totally unfunny. The MC looked like Lars Ulrich having drunk five pots of coffee: a raving lunatic, constantly attacking an audience member (over twenty times) for having a shirt that said "ostrich quife". There was another comic towards the end that made jokes about how the Holocaust could not happen now, because gas prices were so low, and about how one could summarize Anne Frank's memoir (with her being taken by the Germans and having had life snuffed out from her). He also made repeated jokes about the best ways to batter women. I was totally shocked by the harshness of his humor, and his inability to change his pre-planned shtick, when he got no laughs at all for five minutes.

The first comic seemed to have been picked from the street. He said white hair that stood straight up, and a head that was bald in the middle, and made fun of himself as a loser who murdered women for fun, and stuffed them in the back of car trunks. He lamented the fact that car trunks were too small nowadays. He mentioned how he hated kissing couples on the street, and pleasured himself in public to elicit rage from them.

Most of the jokes were about copulation, genitals, racial stereotypes, or involved personal attacks on audience members. To be fair, there was one comic who was decently funny.

Finally, the men's room had no soap, and the door to the toilet was broken.

I've seen better stand up comedy than this. Spare yourself a night of verbal assault, and go to Broadway show, or a better comedy club downtown instead.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Very disappointing comedy show last night - karaoke excellent. – I went to see some karaoke singing with friends last Thursday, and a couple of the performers blew my mind. So, since it's a comedy place, I went back last night, Saturday. The performers at the 11:30 show were not comics, though they got the very polite audience to listen. Hardly any laughs or punchlines, and almost all the material was aobut race, which I find to be a very boring and tiresome comedy topic. I hope they can keep their day jobs. Honestly, the worst comedy show I've ever seen, (even amateur open mikes have a sprinkiling of talent) and I've been seeing them for two decades.

Also, drinks are soaringly overpriced, (everything's over $10.00, even a bottle of beer) which when you count that there's a 2 -drink minimum... very, very bad...

I would go back for the karaoke, (they only have it once a week, though) and if I were in the record business, I'd sign that guy "Goliath" and that completely amazing singer, Joanne, who repeatedly blew us all away with her range and passion... THAT was a great show! Worthy of New York City!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Family friendly comedy Club? – OK, check this out. We were in Times Square. I know, I hate the neighborhood too! But my kids were dying to see Lillte Mermaid. A buddy said, go to the 1/2 price ticket place. Great. He never said Little Mermaid was not avail. So this guy was standing there. Thought he was a scalper. Turns out he has comedy tickets. "YO bro, got the kids, catch you next time" ... long story short, he had $10 tickets to a family comedy show. My kids got on stage and the whole show was interactive. We never had such a great time with the family. The kids were dancing in their seats with to the music and laughed uncontrolably at this guy pretending to do sign language, but just falling all over the place. My wife and I got nervous when a comic from Stern came up but he was great for the kids too. I wonder what he did on stern. The kids had some burgers, my wife and I had some drinks. I guess we spent a lot less than if we went to Little Mermaid and a dinner. I still will avoid Times Square and other touristy areas (I still have never been to the Empire State Building) but, this is a show worth checking out.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Absent Minded Comedy - A Great Night of Comedy and Theatre – I saw this show over the weekend and thought it was hilarious. The comics were funny and the improv was the best! I have seen a lot of sketch and improv including shows in Chicago, LA and Vegas including Second City, Groundlings and UCB and these guys were some of the funniest and most talented people I have ever seen. The crowd was rowdy and the performers really played to the late night audience. There was no hesitation and everybody in the cast was on top of their game. The big guy that is the host IS THE SHOW. My friends and I had a great time as did most of the crowd that night and I would recommend checking it out.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Laughed so hard my face hurt – I have been there twice now. There's a host, plus four comics for only a $20 dollar admission per person. Each one was funnier than the last both times. At the end of both nights my face hurt from laughing so much. The ticket price and the two drink minimum does not even come close to what the show is worth. GO THERE!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Laughs. – July 8th 2006 Took my wife for our wedding anniversary out for a night of laughs at the Laugh Factory. Going out to a comedy club is like going to a sporting event. Your team can win or lose and depending on the outcome of the game will determine if you had a good time. Well, I was hoping that we were going to get a good set of comedians and the host was good and the first comedian was so-so at best, but then came up a little Puerto Rican lady that was funny. Then a comic name Kennedy who brought the house down and Roz from Last Comic Standing did some justice and closed the show with a lots of laughs. The Laugh Factory is in the heart of NYC at 42nd Street, so be prepared to pay premium to park your car; ouch! Two drinks minimum is pretty much standard at any comedy club, I had two Long Ice Tea, yes pricy, but they were the best I ever had, the two drinks numb me from head to toe, I could have gotten a root-canal after those two drinks. The bottom line, the Laugh Factory atmosphere is fantastic and we got lucky, because that evening the comedians slam a homerun. MGM

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

split your sides FUNNY – The Wendy Williams Comedy Experience - Highly Recommended

I would definately bring an out-of-towner here, especially someone who's afraid of the "Big Bad City". Get a funny slice of the Big Apple, a taste of the gritty city.

Approx $60 per person if you eat there, $40 for admission and mandatory 2 drinks.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Hillariously good time! – I took my girlfriend for her Birthday. We had a great time, the comics were great . Absolutely unique and fresh performances, I have been to other comedy joints that were dry, this was especially a dynamic and unique all-star lineup. The drinks were good and the service was friendly, Overall i would highly recomend for a casual night out , first date, or birthday. Tickets online were quick and easy to get

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Dissapointed! – My husband and I just went to NY for his birthday. We love stand up comedy but were really let down by this place. We don't usually mind a bit of profanity and toilet humour but this was ridiculous. Not to mention that alot of the comedians used jokes taken from other famous acts. The drinks were ridiculously priced and we were disgusted by the way some of the comedians attacked guests in the audience personally. Very unprofessional and not what we were hoping for at all. Don't bother going!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best comedy show ever – I'm a regular when it comes to comedy clubs. I've seen shows in Cali, New Jersey,New York, Vegas ,even Australia and the Laugh Factory was hands down the best. The atmosphere is great, but it can get crowded some nights. Definitely check out Wendy Williams on Wednesday. It's worth every penny. It's a must for out of towners who want a real New York experience.

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