Comedy clubs are a great place to find local talent and enjoy an evening of entertainment with friends. Seattle has no shortage of independent and local entertainment venues showcasing the best of music, art, writing, comedy and much more. Comedy clubs in particular are a great place to either showcase your own talents or to discover up and coming entertainers at a low price.
Seattle neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Belltown, and Fremont are home to some of the best comedy clubs in the city. From improv battles to comedy classes, there are so many ways to enjoy and participate in comedy within Seattle. Below are 8 of the best comedy clubs in Seattle, where they are, what they offer, and more.
Laughs Comedy Club & Restaurant Seattle
Located in the University District, the Laughs Comedy Club & Restaurant hosts shows from Wednesday to Saturday with 1 or 2 shows per night with headliners on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets typically cost anywhere from 15 to 20 dollars with a minimum of 2 item purchases from the food and drink menu. Tickets can be bought either online via their website, through Eventbrite, or at the door.
With a space that can fit up to 200 guests, Laughs Comedy Club & Restaurant is simultaneously spacious and intimate, with each seat having an unobstructed view of the stage. Additionally, their club can also host large events like banquets and parties on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesdays. These private events will include full kitchen and entertainment services.
Club Comedy Seattle On Capitol Hill
Housed in the heart of Capitol Hill, the Club Comedy Seattle on Capitol Hill is located on 15th Avenue East. Their club hosts national headlines as well as local and regional comedians. They have full size food and drink menus that include salads, sandwiches, desserts, and house made chili. The drink menu has both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider, seltzer, and cocktails.
Club Comedy Seattle on Capitol Hill hosts an open mic night every Wednesday at 8 PM. Sign up for open mic night which opens all day every Tuesday. The event costs only 7 dollars, although it is important to note that guests and participants in open mic night must be 21+. Headliner events and other types of shows cost anywhere from 15 to 20 dollars.
Popularized in People Magazine, E!, and the New York Daily News, ComedySportz Seattle is one of the most unique comedy clubs in the city. Half comedy shows and half comedy classes, this club specializes in improv comedy, basing their shows around audience suggestions. It is only fitting that this club is located in Seattle’s eclectic Fremont neighborhood, right between the Theo Chocolate Factory and the Fremont Troll.
Their most popular show is their flagship show, known as ComedySportz, in which improv comedy is played as a sport with two improv teams competing in games to see who can make the audience laugh more. The club also regularly hosts improv comedy classes with a wide range of difficulty levels. You can choose from short, single day classes or multiple month classes that go further in depth. You can even get a free ticket to any of their shows during your birthday month.
Capitol Hill Comedy/Bar
This club encompasses all things creative, not just comedic. Their shows include music, improv, drag, standup, and more. The Capitol Hill Comedy/Bar has a capacity of 150 people and constantly includes shows of both familiar favorites and new talent. Open mic nights occur regularly every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. As this club is also a bar, guests must be 21+ to watch or participate in shows.
Their most common shows include standup performances and original comedy productions. However, they also have multi-week comedy courses, pun themed shows, and more. Their open mic nights are free to attend, while their other shows are typically about 15 dollars per ticket. Doors always open 1 hour before a show starts. Their calendar is always busy, sometimes with multiple shows per day, so it is very easy to find something new and exciting to try at this club.
Oddly Funny Comedy
Located on Roosevelt Way NE, the Oddly Funny Comedy Club hosts an open mic night every Sunday at 7 PM, bringing in fresh local talent from throughout the city. Operated by comedian Mike Tony Heath, this comedy club is unique in that they stream their open mic nights on YouTube, making it easy for upcoming comedians to get exposure or for prospective visitors to sample what visiting the club is like.
The best thing about Oddly Funny Comedy is that their shows are free to attend. You can reserve seats online by donating any amount of money to the club. Guests can even sign up to co-host a show with Mike himself. Oddly Funny Comedy is dedicated to showcasing talent and creating clean comedy shows so that people of all ages can enjoy participating in or watching their shows.
Here-After: Belltown Comedy Club & Movie Theater Bar
One of 5 venues in Seattle owned by The Crocodile, Here-After is Belltown’s comedy club, movie theater, bar, and restaurant all rolled into one. Their club has 100 seats available and they regularly host touring comedians, showcase local talent, tape live podcasts, and more. Here-After is open 7 days a week from 5 PM to 12 AM and guests can come in for drinks and food even if they are not sticking around for a show.
Their food menu is now proudly serving Tat’s Deli sandwiches, along with salads and appetizers like coleslaw, chicken wings, and poutine. Their theater menu includes popcorn and a variety of candies while their drink menu includes beer, sparkling wine, red wine, white wine, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic cocktails. Alongside their comedy shows, they also host live music and limited film festivals throughout the year.
The Rendezvous and Jewelbox Theater
Established in 1926, the historic Rendezvous and Jewelbox Theater has been home to music, burlesque, film, and comedy for many years. Located in Downtown Seattle, the club features the Jewelbox Theater, the Red Velvet Lounge, and the Grotto. These spaces have been restored and themed to their original condition, dating as far back as the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The Grotto serves as a private bar with a small stage while the Red Velvet Lounge functions as a dining room. The heart of the Rendezvous is the Jewelbox Theater, which not only features comedy but also showcases burlesque shows, cabaret shows, drag brunches, plays, and film screenings. Their comedy events happen every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, typically in the evenings. Comedy show tickets cost anywhere from 10 to 20 dollars.
Unexpected Productions Improv
Located in Pike Place Market, Unexpected Productions Improv is the longest running improv theater in Seattle. This club partners directly with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, as well as ArtsWA, ArtsFund, 4Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Founded in 1982, the club has since been dedicated to bringing new and exciting seasons shows and long form improv shows not only to Seattle but to the world as well.
The art of improv is alive and well at Unexpected Productions Improv. Their regular events, like the Duo Comedy Showcase and the Loose Cannons Improv show, occur weekly on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. From Friday to Sunday, they feature multiple shows including live improv shows, improv based on artwork, improv film noir inspired original shows, and so much more. They also offer improv classes for teenagers and adults. Classes are available in English and Spanish and with a variety of difficulty levels, ranging from Improv 100 to Improv 600.