10 Best Boston Comedy Clubs Will Have You in Stitches

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.

The Wilbur Theatre
Photo courtesy of The Wilbur Theater

The Wilbur is where the best of the best come to be seen for the short spans while they are completing the Boston leg of their national tours. You'll be lucky to score a ticket to stars like Kathy Griffin, and Jimmy Fallon. Plus, the Wilbur...  Read More

Tiki Hideaway Grandma's Basement is not actually in a basement and really isn't a hideaway. This is one of Boston's comedy clubs and is actually a lounge in Fenway's Howard Johnson's Hotel. Hosting comedy acts Wednesday-Sunday (with open mic on...  Read More

Dick's Beantown Comedy Vault claims to be, "Boston's Most Fun Comedy Club" for good reason. As Boston's only seven night a week, full service (serving food and drinks alongside the laughs) comedy club this is the one place you can enjoy comedy...  Read More

Cambridge's ImprovBoston offers five nights of laughs to audiences looking to lighten their moods. Featuring a variety of formats (sketch, improv and stand-up) Improv Boston welcomes audiences from near and far to let loose and get a good laugh....  Read More

Each Friday night, Allston's popular neighborhood bar, Great Scott, hosts one of the most entertaining comedy shows in the Boston area. "The Gas" routinely draws a crowd for their hysterical shows featuring comedians, many of whom have made...  Read More

The North Shore stretch of Route 1 that is just beyond Boston is a themed stretch of road that includes the legendary Prince Pizza. Its replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa catches every eye while driving by. And it is inside the walls of Prince...  Read More

Sketch Comedy at its finest. The Improv Asylum in Boston's North End is home to a resident cast that performs nightly shows with audience participation. Enjoy their bucket-o-beers, ideal for sharing and find your seat, because once the show...  Read More

North Metro

Kowloon Komedy is located within the popular Kowloon Restaurant. Best compared to a department store, Kowloon Restaurant serves Cantonese and Szechuan Chinese food, Thai, and sushi making it a one stop shop for Asian cuisine as well as the...  Read More

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop has been turning out big laughs for ages, but their shows never get old. Inviting new talent as well as well-established stand-ups, Nick's introduces the new while maintaining its roots as the place that helped Boston get on...  Read More

Make your way through the Hong Kong in Harvard Square and climb the stairs to the third floor where you'll find the Comedy Studio. Many a comic has broken out at this restaurant club, once lauded by Hollywood big wigs as a breading ground for...  Read More


Meet Jessica Polizzotti

Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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