10Best places for comedy in New Orleans

Comedy, like so much of the entertainment scene in New Orleans, is crackling with homegrown and imported energy and innovation. Pop-up open mics and regular stand-up shows happen at bars and theaters large and small all over town, fomenting a landscape ripe for creativity. New Orleanian humor tends to be on the dark side, an observation that's beyond the obvious if you've ever been to a Krewe du Vieux parade. Locals find just about nothing sacred, which makes it open season for performers with a witty bent. Local comedy shows run the gamut from improv to stand up and sketch comedy, with plenty of drag and burlesque thrown into the mix for spice.  The city gets its share of national touring comics as well, big names like Whoopi Goldberg onstage at the Saenger with cutting edge comedy from Comedy Central stars like Ralphie May onstage at more intimate venues like House of Blues and Hard Rock Cafe.

Locals know Love Lost Lounge for its offbeat day-by-day event scheduling, which includes a weekly comedy show on Tuesdays called Comedy Catastrophe hosted by Cassidy Henehan at 10 p.m. Tuesdays. The free show is always a hoot, and there are...  Read More

French Quarter

Every Thursday, House of Blues New Orleans presents a FREE comedy show hosted by Leon Blanda featuring some of the funniest stand-up comics, sketch and improv in New Orleans. The House of Blues in New Orleans is unlike any other venue that...  Read More

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Siberia is an alt music venue that rises to the top of the dive bar heap in a city that may just have invented the genre. Every Monday night, some of the best (and worst) comics in New Orleans join burlesque dancers (and one fainting, talking...  Read More

French Quarter

Although One Eyed Jacks isn't just a comedy club, it's also not just a dance club or a burlesque hall or a gay dance venue. Whatever you're seeking, most visitors fall in love with One Eyed Jacks, an unpretentious venue that offers outrageous...  Read More

Howlin' Wolf

From traveling business types to hard-core college students, the Howlin' Wolf draws a diverse crowd that tends to skew on the younger side. Located near the Convention Center, this live music club also features free comedy shows, Comedy Beast in...  Read More

NOLA Comedy Theater

For fans of impish improv and sidesplitting stand-up, NOLA Comedy Theater is a New Orleans must. This comedy club's uniquely hilarious regular shows include "Based on Real Life," which incorporates audience suggestions, and "Fear and Loathing in...  Read More

Allways Lounge is a locals' favorite bar located on the edge of the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Just off the bar there's a stage for everything from comedy and gay bingo, along with productions including Freaksheaux to Geaux, a...  Read More

The Zeitgeist doesn't do comedy full-time, but often features live comedic performances from some of the best local acts in the business. You'll also find offbeat film comedies, like the recently screened Men and Chicken, a darkly hilarious...  Read More

7th Ward/St. Roch
The New Movement
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Founded in Austin, The New Movement now includes the NOLA branch run by New Orleans natives Chris Trew and Tami Nelson. Billed as a full time comedy conservatory, TNM includes improv classes, local and touring comics and the popular Monday night...  Read More

Carrollton Station

Sign up by 8:30 to take your shot at "Think You're Funny?" the weekly Open Mic Stand Up Comedy night every Wednesday starting around 9 pm. Bands take the stage about 10pm on other evenings at this jivin' Uptown music venue. Carrollton Station...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

After spending years flying in regularly to research stories,...  More About Beth

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