Best Cities in the US for Stand-Up Comedy

We’d all be a little better off if we laughed a little more. Fortunately, America is home to many cities with thriving comedy scenes where up-and-coming talent has turned into big-name stars. In these five cities in particular, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get your laugh on.

Chicago, Illinois

If comedy is truly your thing, you may want to start looking through the Chicago homes for sale. There’s a reason it holds a reputation for having one of America’s best comedy scenes. Here in the Windy City, we have countless comedy clubs to choose from, whether you’re looking for laughs from big-name stars or up-and-coming acts, you will be able to find a show nearly every night of the week. Chicago’s premier comedy club, The Second City has a long history dating back to the winter of 1959 and has hosted and a long list of top performers including Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray.

Boston, Massachusetts

What do Jay Leno, Amy Poehler, and Conan O’Brien all have in common? Apart from their abundant comedic success, they all got their start in Boston. Since its ‘comedy boom’ during the 1980s, Boston has stood out as a vibrant scene for developing talent and laughs around every corner. Popular venues include Nick’s Comedy Shop, Improv Asylum, and Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den.

New York City, New York

The city that never sleeps could also be called the city that never stops laughing. NYC is home to an abundance of shows by top influential comics. New York also has an ever-expanding ‘Alt-Comedy’ scene, including plenty of improvs and open mic comedy. If you’re there during November, check out one of America’s biggest comedy festivals: New York Comedy Festival.

Los Angeles, California

If you’re looking for an excellent spot to laugh the night away, you’ll find a show every night of the week in Los Angeles. LA is home to some of the most iconic comedy clubs in the country including the Laugh Factory and The Groundlings, where influential comics such as Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman began their career. Also check out LA’s oldest venue, The Ice House, which has been producing laughs since 1960.

Portland, Oregon

Portland is known for being home to more handlebar mustaches and craft coffee per square mile than perhaps anywhere else in the country. The quirky city also has a fresh, thriving comedy scene. A growing number of stand-up clubs have been popping up all over America’s hippest city, where you can find local stand-up, improv, and open mic shows nightly. Portland also hosts comedy festivals including the Portland Comedy Film Festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

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