Dallas' Comedy Scene Offers More Than Just a Stand-up Affair

In the mood for a funny fix but don't know where to go? Well, you're in luck. From improv to stand-up to sketch, open-mic and comedy theatre, Dallas serves up a litany of laughs practically every night of the week. The only thing is, you have to know where to look.

It's pretty much a given that you'll find all the heavy-hitters at places like the Improv, located both in Addison and Arlington. And the lineups are all killer at Hyena's Comedy Club, where touring comedians like Pauly Shore and Dustin Ybarra routinely perform. Want to see (or be) the next Chris Rock? Then head over to Back Door Comedy Club on Thursday when the stage is up for grabs. The club is also a stomping ground for big name comedians like David Spade and Bill Engvall.  

Of course, there's more ways to get your laughs on then just stand-up. For comedy theater, check out the independently produced showcases at Theatre Three. There's also the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, one of the city's longest-running comedy showcases offering everything from popcorn slinging melodramas to comedy musicals.

Like you laughs with a side of seduction? Then the enticing and hilariously entertaining trysts at Viva Dallas Burlesque are truly a must-see.

And if you really want a steady stream of laughter–we're talking improv, sketch, stand-up, open-mic– you name it, Dallas Comedy House delivers it up on a silver platter five nights a week.  
But wait, there's more. Check out the rest of the best Dallas comedy venues, they're sure to come in handy when you're itching to infuse your funny bone with a night of laughter.

Sunshine Bar
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When it comes to stand-up comedy, sometimes some of the best acts can be found in some of the most unlikely locations. Enter the Sunshine Bar, a windowless dive that offers up live music, trivia nights and some of the most sensational comedy...  Read More

Taste of the Islands Caribbean Style
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At this Caribbean restaurant-grocery market hybrid, a platter of jerk chicken usually comes with a rum punch and side order of stand-up. That's if you hit this spot around 8:30 p.m. for Funkin Funny Fridays. The free weekly gig features a local...  Read More

AT&T Performing Arts Center
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Billed as the largest performance complex outside of New York's Lincoln Center, the 10-acre AT&T Performing Arts Center is arguably the best performance venue in the city. It's also the place to go when you want to see major Broadway hits, the...  Read More

Theatre Three
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If you're in the mood for laughs that venture beyond stand-up gigs and open-mic, then this is your place. Located in the heart of Uptown, this in-the-round theater serves up an eclectic repertoire that includes comedies, dramas, musicals, and...  Read More

Viva Dallas Burlesque
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Looking for an alternative to stand-up? Say, perhaps something a little more risqué? Then say hello to Viva Dallas Burlesque, an utterly entertaining extravaganza that seamlessly blends theater, dancing and comedy with a bit of mildly saucy...  Read More

Hyena's Comedy Club
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Hyena's may look like just another bare-bones backroom comedy bar, but make no mistake, this place packs a punch when it comes to doling out the laughs. In fact, the place is so popular that it has three locations (Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth)...  Read More

Addison Improv Comedy Club
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This Addison outpost of the famous New York club offers the cream of the touring comic crop, hosting everyone from Richard Lewis to Lily Tomlin and Rob Schneider. But it's not only the major leaguers that draw a crowd, this place is a hotbed for...  Read More

Backdoor Comedy
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Along with being the longest running stand-up comedy showcase in town, this cozy lounge ( hidden away in the Doubletree Hotel) has also become one of Dallas' premier comedy hubs thanks to its excellent programming of top quality acts. With an...  Read More

Pocket Sandwich Theatre
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For variety and a consistent line-up of some of the best comedic talent in town, it's hard to beat this decades-old Dallas institution. Perhaps best known for its raucous, popcorn slinging melodramas (think horror parodies and sci-fi spoofs)–...  Read More

Dallas Comedy House
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And here we have our number one. Dallas Comedy House is undoubtedly the go-to venue for the best improv, sketch comedy and stand-up in town. This is where you can get your funny fix on five nights a week: there's open-mic on Tuesday and...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene