Laugh Riot: 5 Best Comedy Clubs in America

There’s nothing quite like settling in to a dimly lit club, sipping a few drinks, and laughing until your belly aches. If you’re looking for an unforgettable comedy club experience, these hot spots cover the nation.

 

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Denver Comedy Works – Stellar Acts at Two Locations

Denver Comedy Works offers a well-rounded blend of celebrity talent and homegrown acts. Famous faces to grace the stage include Tim Allen, Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Jay Leno, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jerry Seinfeld. The original Denver Comedy Works opened in 1981 and spawned a second location in Greenwood Village in 2008. Visitors should plan to arrive early to snag a good seat, as shows typically sell out.

The Second City, Chicago – A Famous Brand in the Windy City

The Second City, Chicago opened in 1959 and lost no time becoming a local favorite. This comedy club specializes in improv and sketch comedy. The Second City is well-known for nurturing top-notch talent with locations in Toronto and Hollywood as well. Alums who have passed through The Second City include Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Steve Carell, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, Tim Meadows, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Martin Short, and Nia Vardalos. Few comedy clubs in the Midwest can compete with the wild popularity of the Chicago hot spot.

Gotham Comedy Club, New York City – TV-Worthy Entertainment

NYC is one of the best places to live if you’re after great comedy. The competition is stiff, but Gotham Comedy Club regularly comes out at the head of the pack. The club features a sleek design that sets it apart from dingier basement clubs in the city. Gotham has hosted dozens of popular comics including Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chapelle, Lewis Black, and Dane Cook. Comedy Central films “Live at Gotham” weekly in the club.

The Punch Line, San Francisco – Nearly 40 Years of Laughs

The Punch Line is the longest running comedy club in San Francisco. Its 38-year history has seen several big names hit the stage, including Chris Rock, Dana Carvey, Drew Carey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Robin Williams. Visitors today will find plenty of celebrity acts wooing the crowd, including George Lopez, Dave Chappelle, Roy Wood Jr, Greg Fitzsimmons, and Kyle Dunnigan.

Stand Up Live, Phoenix – All the comedy, Food, and Drinks You Can Handle

Stand Up Live is a must-see in Phoenix if you’re looking for top-notch talent. Catch popular comics like Chris Kattan, Dave Attell, Lil Duval, and DL Hughley. Seating is first come, so arrive early to get a good spot. Though the space does get packed, you have a table so you can easily enjoy food and drink during the show. If you’re in the mood to splurge, Stand Up Live offers a First Class package with an open tab option for unlimited drinks or food and drinks.

Whether you want to live in a city with great comedy hot spots or you’re just planning your next getaway, these destinations regularly offer top talent in an excellent atmosphere.

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