Boston's comedy scene was known for busting out big name talents, like Lenny Clarke in the 1980's, creating a culture for comedian's who wanted to make a name for themselves. Boston was the place to be get noticed doing stand-up.
Since then, comedy has changed, funny is not what funny once was and up and comers, seeking to reinvent live comedy shows are dying to be seen, and are using the old guard of comedy as well as some creative venues to get discovered. Boston, like the comedians it hosts, is undergoing a comedy revolution where several mid-sized clubs garner national attention (hosting "regulars rather than up and comers), a few theaters host select big names, and in line with the trend of pop-up shops and food trucks comedy venues are being established in unexpected locations.
The North Shore has had a foothold on comedy for ages; Giggles and Kowloon Komedy in Saugus are two restaurants that host stand-up each weekend. Both often headline big names and get the big crowds.
Boston and Cambridge are home to several funny spots: Improv Asylum, and Nick's Comedy Stop, The Gas, and Comedy Studio are just a few.
This comedic revival once again makes Boston a top spot for laughs.