Philadelphia is one of the arts capitals of the country, so it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of comedy clubs in and around the city. Here’s a list of some of the best ones.
Comedy Cabaret is located at 625 North Main Street in Doylestown, PA, just minutes from Philadelphia, and has been tickling patrons’ funny bones since it opened in 1980. Past performances include nationally acclaimed comics from well-known television shows and movies, such as former King of Queens star Kevin James. Comedy Cabaret also has private performances and open mic nights for aspiring comedians plus comedy coaching by Dr. Andy Scarpati, who owns the cabaret and is a therapist.
At Helium Comedy Club, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy great starters, mouth-watering desserts, and a full-service bar as part of a relaxed, intimate theater experience. At the club, located at 2031 Sansom Street in Philadelphia, each show lasts for about an hour and a half and includes an opener, featured performer, and nationally acclaimed headliner. Past performances include those by Margaret Cho, Adam Ferrara, Heather McDonald, Susie Essman, Jim Florentine, and Bill Burr.
The Mask and Wig Club is an all-male theater group known for putting on some of the best shows in the city. In fact, the group, located at 310 South Quince Street in Philadelphia, is the oldest all-male collegiate musical comedy troupe in the United States. The troupe was founded by Clayton Fotterall McMichael in 1880 after a group of University of Pennsylvania undergraduates wanted to find an outlet to produce humorous theatrical pieces. Since then, renowned musicians such as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald have performed original music produced by the theater group.
The Philly Improv Theater offers alternative comedy for the metro Philadelphia area. It was founded as a non-profit organization in 2005 and works hard to “take on the theories and concepts behind good improvisation in a full curriculum of classes for performers of all skill levels taught by local talent.” The theatre teaches master classes, hosts performances, and is the home of the Dynamite Series Project. Philly Improv Theater is located at 2030 Sansom Street in Philadelphia.
If you’ve never been to a comedy club before, you should definitely be prepared to laugh. You also should check some of the clubs before the show since some offer delicious food and others are BYOB. You’ll also want to research the comedian before you go to make sure their type of funny and yours are the same. You certainly don’t want to turn into a heckler if you don’t like the show!
And finally, you’ll want to remember that the goal of a comedian is to poke fun at society, make us laugh at ourselves and, in the end, really say something about life as it is today. So while you’re enjoying some belly laughs, be prepared to listen to more than just the words and hear the message behind them.