The Best Comedy Clubs in America

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	Second City in Chicago

Second City in Chicago

 

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Jan 22, 2013 —  No one really knows what makes a good joke, but everyone can have a great night by dropping in on one of the countless comedy clubs in the U.S. You might not spend hours rolling on the floor with your sides splitting in uncontrollable laughter – especially if you go to an open mic night – but you might also get to witness the next generation’s Chris Rock or Jim Gaffigan if you’re lucky.

Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles have helped spark countless careers and still regularly host big names who pop in on a random night to work out new material. Same goes for comedy clubs in New York, where the cast of Saturday Night Live might be work-shopping their latest skit or a major star could be performing in an intimate basement joint.

Most comedy clubs serve alcohol, which all comes with a customary price bump due to the entertainment, but which can also help make the occasional bomb performance a little less painful.

From the genius of Second City at Chicago comedy clubs, to the bawdy college hangouts in Boston, to the long-running comedy mainstays in San Francisco, finding a great comedy club is easy.

Just don’t heckle. That’s never funny. Ever.

  • Second City

    Comedy Club

    Second City - Comedy Club in Chicago.
    Chicago

    1616 North Wells Street
    Chicago, IL 60614

    312‑337‑3992

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  • UCB Theatre (Upright Citizens Brigade)

    Comedy Club

    UCB Theatre (Upright Citizens Brigade) - Comedy Club in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    5919 Franklin Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90028

    323‑908‑8702

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  • Carolines On Broadway

    Comedy Club

    Carolines On Broadway - Comedy Club in New York.
    New York

    1626 Broadway
    New York, NY 10019

    212‑757‑4100

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  • The DC Improv

    Bar / Comedy Club / Restaurant

    The DC Improv - Bar | Comedy Club | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    1140 Connecticut Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20036

    202.296.7008

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  • Improv (Los Angeles, CA)

    Bar / Comedy Club

    Improv (Los Angeles, CA) - Bar | Comedy Club in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    8162 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    323‑651‑2583

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  • Gotham Comedy Club

    Comedy Club

    Gotham Comedy Club - Comedy Club in New York.
    New York

    208 West 23rd Street
    New York, NY 10011

    212‑367‑9000

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  • The Groundlings Theatre

    Comedy Club

    The Groundlings Theatre - Comedy Club in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    7307 Melrose Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90046

    (323) 934‑4747

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  • iO Theatre

    Comedy Club / Theater

    iO Theatre - Comedy Club | Theater in Chicago.
    Chicago

    3541 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60657

    773‑880‑0199 ‎

  • Cobb's Comedy Club

    Comedy Club

    Cobb's Comedy Club - Comedy Club in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    915 Columbus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94133

    415‑928‑4320

  • Dick's Beantown Comedy Vault

    Comedy Club

    Dick's Beantown Comedy Vault - Comedy Club in Boston.
    Boston

    124 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02116

    800‑401‑2221

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