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Top Venues For Comedy Shows In Connecticut

February 17, 2014 8:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/ Getty Images Entertainment

Everyone loves a good laugh and there’s plenty of comedy readily available at Connecticut’s theaters and clubs. Since winters in Connecticut can send chills straight to and through the bone, many residents turn to comedy to defrost their funny bones. Laughter chases away the winter doldrums and turns a cold night warm with comic relief. Here are some of the upcoming comedy shows that will have Connecticut Yankees laughing all the way through winter.

Shake It Up Comedy
3580 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 805-8008
www.shakeitupcomedy.com

Here’s a place where comedy reigns every Saturday night. Shake-It-Up Comedy is hosted by Mike Porzio. He is definitely the host with the most and shares his humor with his computerized co-host Suzi 7000. As the host, he warms the audience before introducing some top name comedians as well as the big name headliners who wrap up the shows. Located in the CoCo Key Water Resort Hotel and Convention Center, there are all kinds of special getaway and dinner packages available. Shake It Up Comedy has a full bar and appetizers.

Related: Top Comic Book Shops In Connecticut 

Funky Monkey Café & Gallery
130 Elm St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 439-9161
www.thefunkymonkeycafe.com

Owner Tracey Burrill at the Funky Monkey said she has been offering comedy nights on the last Friday of every month for about seven years now. “All of the comedians are professional,” she said, adding that comedian Tommy Koenig will be appearing soon. In addition to comedy, there’s food and drink as well as art. The food is described as “creative comfort” and features a diverse menu that continually changes and includes some “omnivorian, some vegan, organic and gluten-free, and some of it is just plain naughty, like jalapeno bacon…”

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

Calling itself the “only authentic comedy club in Southern Connecticut,” this club is open year round Wednesday through Saturday. Wednesday night is open mic night, which never fails to introduce new material and new stand-up comedians. On Thursdays, you’re likely to find local talent in the spotlight, but Friday and Saturday nights are when the big headliners show up. In addition to great comedy, you can have a burger and one of the special martinis or drinks served at the club.

Funny Bone
194 Buckland Hills Drive, Suite 1054
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 432-8600
www.funnybonecentral.com

Funny Bone is a comedy club and restaurant. Not only does it feature nationally recognized comedians, but it has had comic stars like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Drew Carey and Jim Breuer in the past. In addition to making people laugh, this club has also hosts charitable functions, corporate meetings and outings, and it has developed local talents. Known as “Funny Bone Central,” comedy is always the focus at this club. For a night of laughter and good times, this club has all of the right ingredients: good food, good comedians and good company.

City Steam Brewery and Café
942 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 525-1600
www.citysteam.biz/comedy.cfm

Located in Connecticut’s capitol city, City Steam Brewery and Café keeps earning accolades for its comedy. With one comedy show on Friday nights and two shows on Saturday nights, there’s plenty of time for laughing. The restaurant/café is upstairs and features a bountiful menu. Downstairs, which accommodates 160 lucky people, is a full bar and anything on the menu upstairs can be enjoyed downstairs as well. Comedy fans will get the best of both worlds here – great food and great comedy.

Related: Top Places For Stand Up Comedy In Connecticut

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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