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Every Thursday at 8pm the Bomb Shelter Comedy Show is at the Gaf West bar.  This intimate venue is a great place to see national headlining comedians.  Every week we feature a brand new line-up of comics that have appeared on Comedy Central, The Late Show, Conan, NBC Last Comic Standing, MTV, VH1, AXS TV and more.  


Show details

Location: The Gaf West (401 W. 48th Street - 48th & 9th Ave.)
Showtime: Every Thursday (8 to 10pm)
Cover:  No Cover
Food:  Free Pizza (first come first serve)
Drinks:  No Drink Minimum


Had a freaking blast at this place great drinks and a comedy show in the basement called the bomb shelter comedy and it was free. I’ve paid for shows in the past at other location and never really laughed, last night line up they had me in freaking tears, I had the best laugh in my life! Nice job can’t wait to come back!
— Edgar B., Yelp Review
I love the Thursday night comedy show! You get to see a bunch of funny NYC comics (for free) in an intimate little room and they give you free pizza! How can you go wrong?
— Rick G. Yelp Review
I attended the Thurs night free comedy show with great comedians and lots of intimate laughs. This show has NO cover and free pizza and $3 bud Lite’s. Matt, the comedian passed around free rounds and was super friendly. This is the New York City that I love and it’s rare to find gems like this.
— SY Z., Yelp Review
Came to The Gaf to attend the Thursday night Bomb Shelter comedy show and cannot recommend it enough! As if the free pizza and cheap beer wasn’t enough to get people in the door, the comedians are fantastic that it’s amazing the show is FREE. Comedy shows are a must-do when visiting NYC and this show beats so many others in the city.
— Nikki "Niknakvar" V., Yelp Review