Info The rapid-fire comedians at ImprovBoston have been splitting Bostonians’ sides since 1984. Early shows took place at Reilly’s Beef and Pub under the direction of a former Second City cast member, and as their popularity skyrocketed, bigger and bigger venues were necessary. In 2007, the crew moved into their current home ... more
40 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Info Some would argue that improv comedians must not be in their right minds to get up on stage with nothing except a vain hope that something funny comes to mind. It appears that the comics at ImprovAsylum would agree with this assessment judging by the name of the popular venue. Founded by a group of friends/loonies in 1997 ... more
216 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113
Info Named by the Improper Bostonian as Boston’s best comedy club for 2012, Nick’s Comedy Stop has been serving up laughs for nearly three decades. Many young unknowns have graced the stage at Nick’s over the years, as well as some notable heavy hitters including Jerry Seinfeld, Dane Cook, Steve Allen, and Dennis Leary. Comedy ... more
100 Warrenton Street
Boston, MA 02116
Comedy Club / Concert Venue
Info The Wilbur Theatre is probably one of the strangest places in the nation to see a comedy show – raunchy jokes don’t generally get told in a historical brick building that dates back to 1914 with sweeping red curtains and a glittering chandelier. The theater became the new home of Boston’s Comedy Connection in 2008, and ... more
246 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Info With shows seven nights a week, cheap drinks, an intimate space, and a charismatic owner, Dick’s Beantown Comedy Vault has the recipe for a great comedy club down pat. Dick Doherty founded the venue in the mid-80s, choosing an old bank building as the location – alluded to by the “vault” in the title. Comedy shows at Dick ... more
124 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Info Giggles Comedy Club scores laughs even before patrons step in the building – it’s housed inside Prince Pizzeria, which has a giant “leaning tower of Pizza” affixed to the roof. Luckily, the seasoned comedians inside the club are less punny – most have been staples of the Boston comedy scene for decades. Shows at Giggles ... more
Saugus, MA 01906
Info Located on the third floor of the Hong Kong restaurant in Harvard Square, the Comedy Studio is a low-key spot where patrons can laugh off a few calories after stuffing themselves silly with Chinese food. Shows at Comedy Studio take place at 8pm every night except Monday, with rotating themes such as “The Mystery Lounge ... more
1238 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
The history of comedy in Boston goes back a long ways as some of the best comics in the world have broken their bones at some of the great Boston comedy clubs.
For starters, consider the list of legendary comedians who got their start here: Louis C.K., Denis Leary, Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Dane Cook, Amy Poehler, and many, many others.
With all the stellar comedy clubs in Boston, it’s not that surprising to see such talent come out of the city. One of the top spots in Boston is Improv Asylum for sketch and, yes, improv, while Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy has been open for more than two decades and has seen big-time stars grace its stage for long stand-up sets. The Comedy Studio in Cambridge, meanwhile, is a favorite of Harvard students and a cheap spot for great, edgy comedy.
The comedy clubs are fun any night and are perfect places for daters, birthday partiers, bachelorette parties, or just hanging with friends while looking for big laughs.
So if you want to bust your gut for a couple of hours while listening to some of the best comics in the world do material on politics, sex, relationships, and current events, then check out the great comedy clubs in Boston for an unforgettable night.