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Best Places For Stand-Up Comedy In Connecticut

February 28, 2013 8:00 AM

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Whether you prefer a large venue such as the MGM Theater at Foxwoods, a classic urban comedy club in a basement or a Litchfield County dinner theater, there are plenty of places across the state of Connecticut to tickle your funny bone. Here are some of the best places in the Nutmeg State.

COMIX At Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(860) 312-6649
www.comixatfoxwoods.com

Top-name comedians come to Comix from all over the country to perform their stand-up routines and shows at both the nearly 350-seat club and in the over 17,000-seat MGM Theater. New up-and-coming artists and big-ticket national acts alike come to the Foxwoods venues. Recent shows included the Best of Last Comix Standing: Andrew Dice Clay, Eddie Izzard, Gary Valentine and Christina Pazsitzky. Upcoming shows in spring 2013 include Steven Wright, Bill Engvall, Cedric “The Entertainer,” George Lopez, Godfrey, Amy Schumer and others. A full-service bar and menu are available at the club and throughout the numerous restaurants in the casino. Overnight “Laugh Packages” with Foxwoods are also available to make for a care-free night out without the drive home.

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Joker’s Wild Comedy Club
232 Wooster St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 773-0733
www.jokerswildclub.com

Labeling itself as “The Only Authentic Comedy Club in Southern Connecticut,” Joker’s Wild (JW) tends to rely heavily on regional talent, with a strong contingency coming from NYC club circuit comedians. A weekly open-mic college night every Wednesday caters to the young New Haven hipsters with up to 25 comics onstage weekly (given five minutes each). One- and two-act shows are typical but also look for special comedy package nights. As typical in traditional clubs, there is a two-beverage minimum at all shows. In addition, JW offers fundraisers and a school of comedy.

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Funny Bone Comedy Club
194 Buckland Hills Drive
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 432-8600
www.funnybonecentral.com

The Funny Bone is part of a larger chain of 14 clubs across the Midwest and East Coast. This gives the FB the ability to pull in nationally touring comedians and late night television comics such as Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Orlando Jones, Guy Torry and Nick Thune. Open-mic nights occur on every other Tuesday as well, catering to local talent. There is a full menu and bar, plus a plethora of options in the area including several within the Buckland Mall, where the comedy club is located.

Brew Ha-Ha
City Steam Brewery Cafe
942 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 525-1600
www.citysteambrewerycafe.com

This downtown Hartford 200-seat venue is located in the basement of City Steam Brewery on Main Street. Its roots go back to 1987 when former Brown Thomson and Co. housed the first major comedy venue, Last Laugh Comedy Club, with names such as Kevin James, Ray Romano, Jay Mohr, Sarah Silverman and Denis Leary. The name change to City Steam Brewery Cafe and Brew Ha-Ha occurred a decade later, in 1997. Comedians perform in an intimate, classic urban comedy club atmosphere with plenty of downtown dining options available to make a night of it, including the micro-brewery above it.


Treehouse Comedy Productions

Various locations throughout the state
www.treehousecomedy.com

While not a venue in itself, Treehouse Comedy has been “Connecticut’s Comedy Specialist” since 1983, celebrating  its 30th year in 2013. Treehouse currently provides comic talent for several Connecticut venues including a 400-seat Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun Casino, Marisa’s Ristorante in Trumbull, The Litchfield Inn in Litchfield and Billy Tee’s in Cromwell. Treehouse not only provides top regional, national and celebrity talent, but it also helps to develop new comedians through competitions such as the Funniest Comic in New England, where newcomers and professionals alike compete.

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Edward Main is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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