Comedy Clubs

When work proves trying and the world seems bleak, counter the dreariness with a visit to one of Atlanta's best comedy clubs. These entertainment havens provide evenings of laughter and escape, ensuring that patrons walk away with a cheerier outlook and a lighter spirit. Shows can include improv, stand-up, or group comedy, and as seen at venues like Laughing Skull Lounge, they highlight Atlanta's nightlife scene and the lightning-quick wits of local and national comics.


Dad's Garage Theatre

For big laughs at small prices in the Atlanta area, this award-winning comedy club's outrageously hilarious shows simply can't be beat. Inventive original scripts have audience members howling with laughter, while weekly improv shows, including a high-energy TheatreSports competition, an improvised zombie apocalypse soap opera and a hysterically bizarre Japanese game show, offer sidesplitting adult humor that is both tasteful and brilliantly eccentric. Cheap mix-and-match premium beer buckets are the cherry on top.

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Among the most refreshingly unusual comedy clubs in Atlanta, this intimate theater offers uproarious adult-humor improv, high-energy improv shows for the entire family (a rarity in the city) and sidesplitting Friday night movie screenings featuring play-by-play commentary from brilliant comedians. While the audience indulges in scrumptious snacks and delectable drinks, including special themed drinks for movie nights, The Basement's impish improvisers provide an informal and affordable evening of laugh-out-loud hilarity.

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Visitors seeking a laid-back evening of innovative improv and stand-up in the Atlanta area adore this comedy club's unique and fantastically cheap shows. Set in an abandoned church now outfitted with vivid local art and a full bar, Relapse produces such funny favorites as the Unmiked stand-up series, as well as the raw, dirty and wildly popular 2Girls3Eyes improv show.

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One of the most highly-acclaimed comedy clubs in Atlanta, Laughing Skull claims to be the world's tiniest stand-up venue, but the outstanding talent that regularly takes the stage is anything but small. Within this hip 74-seat setting, the biggest names on both the national and local comedy scenes keep audience members doubled over with laughter. Also, because the lounge is located within The Vortex, visitors can savor one of the joint's famous burgers before showtime.

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Sandy Springs

A few comedians become stars and many are easily forgotten, but The Punchline remains the same. The venue has, fortunately, hosted a large number of the star variety, including Eddie Murphy, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Atlanta's own Jeff Foxworthy. Shows are affordable, and since performances are scheduled an average of 22 nights per month, you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch one while in town.

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Sleek and modern, the large space makes ample use of the space without making it feel like you are on top of your neighbor. Seating in the back is on high tops which allow for good views too. Servers are quick to bring out drinks and food. Specialty drinks are very sweet, so if you don't care for overly sweet choose beer or wine. There's a surprisingly decent selection.

Local Expert tip: Look for free parking across from Tavern 99 on East Andrews.

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This bar is enjoyable if you get there on a good night for watching a funny comedian. It's walking distance from other bars in the Buckhead Village, which makes it a hot spot on the weekends. You might find patrons enjoying the weather on the patio, and when they need a break.

Local Expert tip: Be prepared to pay for parking, and have a designated driver or cab far.

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