It’s no joke that we’ve got comedy on our minds, especially with Goodnights Comedy Club’s recent relocation from West Morgan Street to the Village District. From local comedians to big-time jokesters, the Triangle attracts them all. Save this guide to local comedy shows for the next time you need a chuckle (or full-belly laugh).
Goodnights Comedy Club, 511 Woodburn Rd. (temporary location) | This Raleigh staple has been serving jokes since 1983; its new permanent home at 401 Woodburn Rd. is anticipated to open this fall or winter.
ComedyWorx, 3801 Hillsborough St. | Founded in 1989, this club specializes in improvised comedy shows and classes. Bonus: The venue hosts a mix of family-friendly and adult-only shows.
Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | This newish comedy club with a 581-person capacity opened in 2018 and attracts big names like Jon Lovitz + Jay Pharoah.
Neptunes Comedy, Hartwell, 620 W. South St. | Spencer Bland + Jordan Scott Huggins, the comedians behind music-comedy podcast Bop or Flop, host a monthly comedy show featuring local, regional, and national acts. Neptunes is Raleigh’s longest running independent comedy show.
A Comedy Experiment, Watts & Ward, 200 S. Blount St. | Brandi Roberts hosts this show fusing comedy and music on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Don’t Be a Killjoy, Killjoy, 116 N. West St. | Join comedian Helen Wildy every Tuesday for an open mic night.
Ride Da Bull, Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, 427 W. Main St., Durham | Comedian Harrison Tweed hosts this stand-up comedy showcase.
Pro tip: If you’re searching for huge touring acts like John Mulaney + Kevin Hart, don’t forget to check PNC Arena’s events calendar.
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