Welcome to the 2019 Free Stand Up Festival!
Our shows feature comics who have seen on The Daily Show, Conan, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, and much more! All seats are first come, first served.
Please read our festival Goals Statement.
Free stand up all year 'round
Visit our full list of free stand up and resources throughout the year.
Andrew Ian Bayroff
Founder | Producer
Site design, advertisement/marketing, social media
Andrew is one of the original founders and producers of the Free Standup Festival. He runs the popular website FreeStandUpNYC, listing over 250 free stand up shows a month in NYC, Brooklyn, and Queens, as well articles, podcasts, photos, and other free resources. Andrew performs in NYC as well as produces "The In/Between Comedy Show" at Mile 17, and Project Laughs for a men's homeless shelter on the lower east side.
Andrew spent nearly 5 years performing stand up in Los Angeles before he returned to his roots in New York City. Andrew has performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and also has published a comical dating book entitled, "Check, Please!"
Sponsor outreach, negotiator
Jonathan is a born and bred New Yorker. He privately produces two shows in Hell’s Kitchen: a twice-a-month pub show at Walter’s Cottage and a monthly roast battle competition called Roast Beef at Bar9.
Jonathan’s jokes typically involve a range of physical motion since comedy keeps him out of the gym. He’s been delighting audiences with his unique brand of comedy across NYC, and other places including DC, Memphis, Maine, Edinburgh and Paris, where he's known as "Le Big Deal" by family members. You can find him on FB at Jonathan Z Comedy and IG at @The_Real_JZ_
Jared Wilder is the producer and artistic director of Laugh and a Draft a monthly bi-coastal comedy show in it’s 4th year currently at The People's Improv Theater featuring the best up and coming stand up and improvisational talent coast to coast.
Graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts w/ a BFA in Acting from Stella Adler. Trained with Steppenwolf, Second City, UCB, and Artistic New Directions.
Named one of CBS Locals Top 5 Comedians You Should Know 2016. Seen on NBC’s “CHUCK”, ABC’s “Hope & Faith” , and MTV’s “Stupid Bets”. Cast member of Two Ring Circus at The Groundlings Theater in LA
Cast member of Gary Austin’s The Classroom monthly in NY at The PIT.
Follow me at @SomethinWilder or if you see me on the street.
Joe Gerics, of Bridgeport, CT, has been performing standup comedy since 2011. Joe's act is filled with amusing personal stories, or disappointing personal stories (if you are his parents.) After quickly growing tired of doing bringer shows, Joe started producing his own shows that regularly feature some of the most talented comics New York has to offer. He currently produces at the Fairfield Comedy Club.
While Joe isn't doing standup his hobbies include occasionally trying to get in shape, contemplating what life in a commune would be like, and playing pinochle with his grandmother.