Get Your Laugh On at Seattle's Top Comedy Clubs

Although it may not be a highly publicized fact, folks from the Pacific Northwest sure know how to have a good time. (It's not all coffee-fueled, high-tech work and broody, beautiful tunes over in this pocket of the country.) Sure, live music often takes center stage in this town after the sun sets, but comedy sneaks under the radar as a fantastic entertainment option, too.

Whether it's national headliners, up-and-coming household names or outstanding Puget Sound talent, the Seattle area's comedy and improv clubs will have you howling. You can find all-ages entertainment and over-21 establishments throughout the city, ensuring that every crowd and humor preferences finds a fit. Some shows even pop up in far-flung and unexpected neighborhood joints, while others enliven the nightlife scene across the water in Eastside's Bellevue or inside a Woodinville brewery. 

Open-mic nights prove a great way to get acquainted with talents on the rise, while headliner nights bring big-name stars to Seattle stages. (You might be accustomed to typically seeing some of these talents on your TV or computer screens.) Certain venues complement the on-stage comedy with creative menus that list items from innovative cocktails and dirt-cheap beers to pub grub with a fancy twist. Happy laughing!

The 5th Avenue Theatre is known as one of the nation's leading musical theater companies, especially for its production and development of new works. Needless to say, comedy often graces its stage. Since 2002, the Seattle-based company has...  Read More

This venue brings laughs to the Eastside. Open since summer of 2007, Laughs was launched after its owners had a decade of success debuting and scheduling comedy acts in a Bellevue hotel. The club is open Tuesday through Saturday, with one or two...  Read More

Forecasters Public House

If you're in the mood for evening entertainment that's more about sociability than trendiness, head to Forecasters at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville. The engaging brewpub offers lots of possibilities, from munching grilled lime-and-cilantro...  Read More

Teatro ZinZanni
Photo courtesy of Korum Bischoff

Described by one reviewer as "the Kit Kat Klub" on acid, the experience at Teatro ZinZanni is just that – an experience. The main event is part circus, part dinner theater. A three-hour tour de force, the evening combines innovative and...  Read More

Dating to the late 19th century, this venue has been restored to the glory it knew as a movie theater in the 1920s. These days, you can catch acts as diverse as Boyz II Men and David Bowie, and there's even the odd speaking engagement – Dr....  Read More

Unexpected Productions Improv

Truly an original, this improvisational comedy group was first to perform Theatresports, the trademarked format in which two improv groups "duel" each other for the audience's enjoyment. The result is a fast-paced, witty exchange that has the...  Read More

Theater Schmeater
Photo courtesy of Dave Hastings, Courtesy Theater Schmeater

An intimate space for shows both quirky and classic. Since its inception in 1992, Theater Schmeater's mission has been: "to produce great plays simply and foster a love of theater as an art form in future audiences." The theater encourages young...  Read More

One of the city's premiere venues for improv comedy, Jet City features a widely talented cast whose wit is as quick as its tongue, leading to numerous pithy quips made at the expense of unsuspecting audience members. The "average" show features...  Read More

Looking for some fast-paced laughs? Head to the Atlas Theatre in Fremont (right off Fremont Avenue, amidst an array of restaurants, shops and bars), where ComedySportz takes improv comedy into the sports arena. Two teams of comedians duke it out...  Read More


Set literally underground, Seattle's oldest comedy club may be short on atmosphere, but it's long on laughs. Headliners are often nationally or regionally known, and many big names graced the stage during their younger years, including Jerry...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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