For some, this is a recurring nightmare.
But it’s every night in the life of a comedian.
Well, assuming the jokes are good.
And for a look into the life of a comedian, you should really check out Top Five, that new movie wherein the world’s funniest comedian (played by Chris Rock) decides to become a serious actor and gives a magazine reporter full access to his life as his wedding day approaches. As you can probably imagine, hijinks ensue.
But also, we see inside one of the country’s premier comedy clubs: the Comedy Cellar in Top Five.
This New York City institution was founded in 1982 in Greenwich Village, and over the past three decades it’s hosted an assortment of up-and-comers alongside industry stars like Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Dave Chappelle, Robin Williams, Dave Attell, and even Chris Rock.
Today, the club puts on multiple shows each night. And rather than the typical headliner format, the Comedy Cellar opts for a showcase format, featuring between five and seven comics, each performing for roughly the same amount of time.
The club has been so successful over the years, that in 2013, they expanded, opening another space just down the street called the Village Underground. While it keeps the same aesthetic as the original, the new digs are roomier and offer better sight lines.
Make direct eye contact at your own risk.
Comedy Cellar, 117 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012