By Samantha DiMauro
September 26, 2014
Top Comedy Clubs in Boston
Credit: Ken Kotch

Sure, the American Revolution will always hold a prominent spot in Boston history, but a rich and booming comedy scene is leaving a lasting mark on this city, too. Comedians Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia and Conan O’Brien are natives of Beantown, and Boston is home to a slew of annual funny fests filling the comedy club showrooms. The Boston Comedy Festival is a nine-day showcase of the most promising, up-and-coming comedic talents, and the Women in Comedy Festival recently brought in headliners like the ever-hysterical Maria Bamford and Amy Sedaris. Laugh Boston is the city’s newest addition to the stand-up circuit, acting as the only venue of its kind in town. In recent months, performers who are too popular for smaller venues like Nick’s Comedy Stop, but too small to fill the 3,000 seat arenas, have been able to headline here and kick the comedy scene up a notch. Even if you aren’t in town for a special event, stop by one of the following comedy clubs for an evening of laughs.

Nick’s Comedy Stop Boston

In the late evening on Friday and Saturday nights, this comedic club takes over the dance floor at Boston nightclub, Rumor, for a two-hour show of heart-pumping laughs. Talented mid-career comedians dominate the weekly calendar, like regular headliners Corey Manning, Danny Kelly, and Ray Harrington.

Laugh Boston

Brand new to the Seaport District, this state-of-the-art, 300-seat stand-up and sketch comedy theater attracts rising stars to perform in Boston, five nights a week. Boston Accents is a weekly draw for local legends Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Kenny Rogerson, and Don Gavin to show off their latest stuff on Wednesday night.

Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den

Eat, drink, and be merry below the Financial District’s Howl at the Moon. Once a year, it hosts the Beantown Comedy Riot, New England’s oldest and longest running amateur open mike competition. Also, here’s a fun fact: Dane Cook headlined here every Friday for 2 years in the 90’s.

The Comedy Studio

It’s not uncommon to find talent scouts from Comedy Central, PSNBC, and Conan O’Brien in the audience at The Comedy Study, searching for the next big laugh. Found on the third floor of Harvard Square’s Hong Kong lounge, you can experience live hilarity for less than the price of a movie ticket. Stop by Tuesday night for the Mystery Lounge, a much-loved cabaret of comedian magicians.

Improv Asylum

The laughs bellow out of this comedy basement in the North End, an improv-sketch showroom where “Whose Line is it Anyway? meets Saturday Night Live! At the annual post-Christmas gift card swap, the Asylum will take any unwanted gift card, from any company, for any product, in exchange for tickets to an off-peak performance.