The results are in and it’s safe to say, no matter where you are in the good old U.S of A, you’re bound to stumble across a pick from the following list of the best comedy clubs in America.
Gotham Comedy Club, NY
Listed in USA Today as one of the ten best comedy clubs in America, Gotham Comedy Club in New York City has seen its fair share of celebrity comedians and some of the most sought after talent in the industry. Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black and Jerry Seinfeld are just a few of the world-famous comedians who have stood on the stage of this decade old comedy club. Currently located in a 1929, 10,000 square foot space right next door to the historic Chelsea Hotel, Gotham Comedy Club features a hodgepodge of weekly theme shows, professional and new talent showcases and many surprise visits from superstar comedians hungry for the rush that can only be experienced in front of an enthusiastic Gotham Comedy Club crowd.
Sometimes dank is definitely a part of certain comedy clubs’ appeal, but anything less than swank just won’t do at this high-profile funny palace. With a rich red and gold interior you can’t help but think about all things royal when you first enter Gotham. With 300 seats for performances and room for 100 more in the posh lounge, Gotham Comedy Club presents big names and those seeking fame, with class and a style all its own. Gotham Comedy Clubs new flagship location is located between 7th and 8th streets at 208 W. 23rd Street, (212) 367-9000. For more information visit: www.gothamcomedyclub.com.
Comedy Cellar, NY
Another New York favorite is the Comedy Cellar. Everyone from Dave Chappelle to Ray Romano has performed at this quintessential comedy club. The Comedy Cellar is located in Greenwich Village at 117 MacDougal Street between W. 3rd St. & Minetta Lane (212) 254-3480. For more information visit: www.comedycellar.com.
Funny Bone Comedy Club, Boise, Idaho
The Funny Bone Comedy Club has been cranking out star comedians since 1981. Ellen Degeneres, Jeff Foxworthy and Jerry Seinfeld are just a few of the well-known comedians that have performed here and the Funny Bone Comedy Club shows no signs of slowing down. With 8 locations throughout the Midwest and the south, local laugh seekers will have no problems finding a place where they can laugh their trouble away until dawn. The most popular Funny Bone location is in Boise, Idaho at 405 S. 8th Street, Suite 110, (208) 331-Bone. For more information about line-ups, hours and other locations visit: www.funnyboneusa.com.
Punchline Comedy Club, Atlanta
ATL gave us Jimmy Carter and MLK, Gone with the Wind and the 1996 Olympics. But when it’s time to lighten up a little and laugh, ATL presents us with the Punchline Comedy Club. Also included on the USA Today list of the ten best Comedy Clubs in America, the Punchline Comedy Club has been bringing comedy to Atlanta for the past 23 years. Noted for attracting some of the best working comedians in the industry, the Punchline’s upcoming acts range from John Witherspoon from the movie Friday to Bill Burr from the Dave Chapelle Show. The Punchline also serves up great finger-foods, burgers and killer Quesadillas, so prepare yourself for hours of fabulous food and fun. The Punchline Comedy Club is located at 280 Hilderbrand Drive, (404) 252-LAFF. Visit: www.punchline.com for current schedules and additional information.
Punch Line, San Francisco
Avoid the industry crowds and go where the real people gather for a good laugh-bypass LA and head to northern California to check out Punch Line San Francisco. Not to be confused with Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta, this San Francisco staple is the longest running comedy club in the bay area and many successful comedians began their careers here. Chris Rock, Ellen Degeneres and Dana Carvey, to name a few. Today, Punch Line San Francisco hosts a variety of rising stars and veterans such as Margaret Cho, George Lopez and Mad TV’s Aries Spears. This combination comedy club, bar and restaurant welcomes ages 18 and over and the doors are open seven days a week. Punch Line San Francisco is located at 444 Battery Street, between Washington and Clay, 415-397-PLSF. For current schedules and additional information visit: www.punchlinecomedyclub.com.