Everyone loves a good laugh, and Atlanta has lots of people out there just waiting to provide one.
Between regular weekly shows and notable comedians on tour, there are several local options to hear some jokes and enjoy a light-hearted night out.
If you want to be a part of the action, choose an improvisational (improv) comedy show. At these events audience members give ideas to the comedians who weave suggestions into stories. Or, if you would prefer to interact less, sit back and listen to a stand-up comedian.
Both of these options are available throughout Atlanta. Just be sure to check for age restrictions and drink purchase minimums before you go.
Here are 10 places to enjoy live comedy in Atlanta and see some comedians on tour:
Whole World Improv Theatre
Whole World Improv Theatre is located in Midtown. Four times each week the ensemble, with help from the audience, creates hilarious, theatrical adventures. You can see the MEGAThursday show Thursdays at 8 p.m., The Classic Show based solely off audience suggestions Fridays at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and THE MAX! show, a one-hour show with more risky and racy topics, Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. There are also various specials each night. Tickets range are up to $26 or free for women on Thursdays between 7 and 7:30 p.m.
Dad’s Garage Theatre
Dad’s Garage Theatre is located in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward. The group touts award-winning Atlanta improv comedy, scripted shows and a fully-stocked bar. All improv shows are at 10:30 p.m. Audiences can see the Extreme Elimination Improv Challenge on Thursdays, Cage Match on Fridays and Theatre Sports on Saturdays. Prices range from $5.50 to $23.50. There are also other special events, including Alliance Theatre’s version of the irreverent puppet comedy Hand to God, which is at Dad’s Garage through Nov. 12.
The Basement Theatre
The Basement Theatre is located on the north edge of Buckhead near Chastain Park. Its improv performances feature the house cast called The Basement Players along with special guests. Shows are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 and 10 p.m., and the Friday 8 p.m. shows are family friendly! There are special themed shows offered occasionally on other days as well. Tickets range from $8 to $12.
Village Theatre is located in the Old Fourth Ward on the ground floor of the Pencil Factory lofts. The group is an improvisational comedy troupe that calls itself the Village Theatre because the performers come from all walks of life. It also hosts stand-up and sketch comedy performances. Improv shows are $5 to $10. There are regular shows Thursday through Saturday evenings with various themes each night.
Relapse Comety Theatre
Located near Atlantic Station, Relapse Comedy Theatre produces improvisational, stand-up and sketch comedy. Tuesday audiences can see Red Bill Players’ weekly show Reloaded at 8 p.m. and an open improv jam at 10 p.m. Thursday nights you can expect to see the group’s Backstory session at 8 p.m. and Open Mic night at 9:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday night shows vary. The group also has dollar comedy nights a few times each month. Check the calendar ahead of time for times and prices.
Laughing Skull Lounge
Laughing Skull Lounge is a 74-seat progressive comedy lounge located in Midtown Atlanta in the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill on Peachtree Street. The venue brings in one-comedian shows on a regular basis, and on weekends when there is not a headliner its Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase features 10 comedians each doing their best 10 minutes of material. Shows are Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and 10:30 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Also see local and visiting comedians working on their craft at Open Mic night every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and vary by event.
The Punchline Comedy Club
The Punchline Comedy Club is in the heart of the metro area at the intersection of Roswell and Piedmont Roads. It presents a full calendar of nationally recognized and industry honored comedians with times and prices that vary each week. The Punchline’s Sunday Night Comedy Festival takes place every Sunday at 9 p.m. Audiences vote for a new winner each week with the winners facing off in week four for cash prizes. Entry on Sundays is $10.
Uptown Comedy Corner
Uptown Comedy Corner describes itself as the place for live, urban comedy in Atlanta and touts shows with an up-close and personal feel. It is located southwest of Georgia Tech on Marietta Street. Visitors can find a new headliner onstage every weekend with shows on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Times vary by performer. Check before you go for the schedule of performers and pricing information.
Apache Café offers an intimate café, gallery and venue that often showcases live music. On Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. it has Happy Hour Comedy Open Mic night. Entry is free before 7:30 p.m. and $5 for general admission after. There is an additional fee for table seating. Have a few laughs and a drink after work to kick off your weekend.
Aurora Comedy Nights
Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville promises endless laughter and entertainment at its Aurora Comedy Nights. Hosts help keep the belly-laughing, ab-aching trend rolling with comical guests and an open bar without a two drink minimum, which is common at many other comedy spots. General admission is $18, and the next shows are Dec. 29 and 30 at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Shows occur roughly every two months.