With its prime locale, just across the plaza from Gillette Stadium, the new Comedy Scene nightclub shares a prestigious Patriot Place address with one of the most successful teams in NFL history, and they've drafted a stellar roster of talent ready to tackle the news of the day for some hard-hitting laughs. You'll recognize these New England and national comics from appearances on Comedy Central, BET and elsewhere, as well as at major clubs along the East Coast. Beantown's long been known as one of the country's top spots for stand-up, so the lineup of top performers is plenty deep. And with two comedians and a host on tap, there's sure to be something funny going on at every show.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:30pm (Jim Colliton)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:30pm (Jim Colliton)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:30pm (Mike Donovan)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:30pm (Mike Donovan)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:30pm (Corey Rodrigues)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:30pm (Corey Rodrigues)Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:30pm (DC Benny)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:30pm (DC Benny)
One of Boston's oldest comedy houses and one of the top clubs in the country, Nick's Comedy Stop has hosted such legendary comedians as Denis Leary, Jerry Seinfeld, Phyllis Diller, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno for more than 30 years. Nick's draws national headliners while providing a space for up-and-coming talent, as well as the leading local stand-up comics in Boston, including Steve Sweeney and Joe Wong. This hub for humor -- named the Top Comedy Club in Boston by Travel + Leisure magazine -- is located in the heart of the city's Theater District.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pm (Emma Willmann)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Emma Willmann)Friday September 29, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mike Whitman)Saturday September 30, 2017 / 8:00pm (Mike Whitman)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Christine Hurley)Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dan Crohn)Friday October 13, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dan Smith)Saturday October 14, 2017 / 8:00pm (Dan Boulger)
Watch as an HBO's GIRLS guest star swipes right on her live Tinder account -- at your command. This former Cosmopolitan sex guru improvises ridiculous live texts and phone calls with unsuspecting Tinder matches. You pick the matches -- from the dreaded inappropriate bathroom selfie to the "I'll buy you a pizza if you let me touch your butt..." message. Comedian Lane Moore replaces the loneliness of online dating with uproarious camaraderie for a night. Her on point commentary and tips for the digital-dating masses are what named this improv comedy show one of CBS New York's 5 Best Comedy Shows Hosted by Women in New York City. After being a New York Times Critic's Pick of things to do in New York, Tinder Live! With Lane Moore is coming to Boston's The Wilbur Theatre for one night only.
Best known for her hilarious quips on E!'s Chelsea Lately, Heather McDonald now comes to Cary Memorial Hall in Boston for a night of stand-up and stories about life, love and living next door to her parents in the San Fernando Valley. A veteran of the famed Groundlings sketch comedy troupe, McDonald's writing credits range from the Wayans Brothers movies White Chicks and Dance Flick to Us Weekly's "Fashion Police" to her best-selling book You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again. She also has a new weekly podcast, Juicy Scoop, on which she dishes on and with celebs. Along with her hilarious and highly relatable anecdotes on the stand-up stage, she's known for her pitch-perfect impressions of Drew Barrymore, Kim Cattrall and pop culture icons.
First created in 2008, the Great American Comedy Festival pays tribute to one of the greatest comedians of all time: Johnny Carson. In honor of the TV icon's legacy of laughter, Boston Comedy Festival will bring together some of the area's funniest folks at The Burren in Somerville. The showcase will feature hilarious stand-up from comics like Eddie Brill and more.
When you play the Game of Jones, you grin, or you die ... laughing. Watch as members of local troupe Improv Jones -- decade-long veterans of the Boston comedy scene -- present an improv show inspired by their favorite TV show, Game of Thrones. The first Saturday of every month, Riot Theater in Jamaica Plains will be transformed into a veritable Westeros as the ensemble launches into an epic comedic quest to slay you with their punchlines.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 10:00pm
Winner of the Nickelodeon Award for Best Children's Theater, Family Show dishes out laughs for kids and adults every Saturday on the ImprovBoston stage. This improv and music extravaganza is full of hilarious scenes, sketches and games (think Whose Line Is It Anyway? for the Phineas and Ferb set) that are completely made up on the spot based on audience suggestions. To add to the anything-goes fun, children in the audience who want to participate in the show will have a number of chances to be chosen to hop on stage and take part in the fun. ImprovBoston's Family Show is designed for the whole family to enjoy, and is geared for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 4:00pm
Join The Boston Comedy Festival for the second semi-final round of a nationwide stand-up competition. Ninety-six, bright-eyed comics from all over the country will compete for $10,000 dollars in prize money. When it's over, there will be one comic standing with a nice little bag of money and a ton of bragging rights. See it all go down at Thalia in Cambridge. Dave Crohn hosts this competition.
All Access Improv delivers a high-octane, completely spontaneous comedy show that's fast, furious and funny. This weekly improv showcase at Cambridge's Main Theater packs nonstop improvised scenes, songs and games into a tight hourlong timeframe. All Access combines the best improvisers from ImprovBoston's popular Family Show and the fast-paced Face Off, as well as the troupe's renowned national touring company. These daring and athletic professional comedians are committed to sweating hard so you can laugh harder. The result is blazingly quick-witted comedy, spur-of-the-moment music and, of course, your joke-fueling audience interaction.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 6:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 6:00pm
Awful relationships cause more than their fair share of heartaches (and headaches), and now Naffy Improv comes to the rescue with Your Terrible Ex! From clingers to cheapos to deadbeats and beyond, Boston's top cast of improvisers will transform all of your real relationship nightmares into one hilarious show that'll make your sides ache with laughter. Even if you've never had a cringe-worthy love life, you'll still get a kick out of seeing everyone else's stories unfold before your very eyes. You're guaranteed to enjoy this bad date when You're Terrible Ex! takes over The Riot Theater.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday September 29, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 6, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 13, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday October 27, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday November 3, 2017 / 10:00pmFriday November 10, 2017 / 10:00pm
Join The Boston Comedy Festival for the first semi-final round of a nationwide stand-up competition. Ninety-six, bright-eyed comics from all over the country compete for $10,000 dollars in prize money. When it's over, there will be one comic standing with a nice little bag of money and a ton of bragging rights. See it all go down at Thalia in Cambridge. Christine Hurly hosts the competition.
Known for her incisive, cynical sense of humor, Janeane Garofalo got her start on TV's Ben Stiller Show, before taking roles in TV shows and films like Saturday Night Live, The Cable Guy and Wet Hot American Summer. As a stand-up comedian, Garofalo almost always takes the stage with her notebook of ideas and news clippings, making verbose and hilarious commentary about whatever's on her mind at the moment. See this alternative comedy icon when she and her notebook come to The Colonial Theatre in Boston.
A pair of ImprovBoston's best comedy teams battle for your approval in Face Off, an improvisational comedy competition in which your laughter and applause will determine which is the mightier team. Both groups are battling for the highly coveted Cheapest Trophy in the World, but only one team can walk away with the sweet taste of victory; the other will sulk away in hilariously agonizing defeat. The real champion, though, is the audience, who gets to enjoy a high-spirited comedy show without fear of defeat. Talk about a major win. Face Off features everything from improv games to team challenges, so kick back and enjoy the spirit of competition.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:00pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 10:00pm
Dear Leader cordially invites you to the quiz show at the end of civilization in You're All Gonna Die!, an improvised game show set in a dystopian future. The Quiz Master wields mind games, physical tests and audience participation as a weapon of mass enjoyment for his patron. Help the tortured subjects find the correct answers or else they'll suffer the most painful of humiliations. Journey to ImprovBoston for the game show to end all game shows.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 16, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 21, 2017 / 9:30pm
Boston standouts come together for The Lexington Comedy Blowout, a showcase of comedians who shine in both the city and throughout the nation. Scheduled to appear is Jimmy Dunn, who's made his way through major festivals like Montreal's Just for Laughs and Comics Come Home, along with appearances on major TV shows like Late Show and CBS's The McCarthys. Master of dialects Steve Sweeney and comedy festival champion Kelly MacFarland will also take the stage, along with Italian comedian Joe Yannetty, who's appeared at The Kennedy Center and Radio Music Hall. Last but not least we have Tony V, a comedy vet and countless guest star on shows like Seinfeld and Louis. A night of laughter, the Cary Memorial Hall will be bursting with talent from Beantown.
Monologuist and humorist James Judd, headliner of NPR's Snap Judgment, has accidentally ended up in a whorehouse in China while working as a banned journalist and is a former patient -- and current pen pal -- of sham Manhattan dermatologist-turned-Attica prisoner Dean Faiello. Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, Judd shares stories classified as "spectacular public embarrassments and utter failures." But they affirm that part of being human is telling the stories that have happened to us, emphasizing that even in the face of failure, it's getting up and moving forward that matters. Catch Judd at Fishermen Hall in Provincetown.
If you want to see the best improv comedy in New England, you go to ImprovBoston; and if you want to see the best of the best, you go to their Mainstage show. This weekly event showcases their signature style, blending fast-paced games, hilarious scenes, skillful storytelling, memorable music and 100% voluntary audience participation into a completely unique show each Thursday. There are no rules and no boundaries, just hilarious comedy dished up by an elite cast of the best improvisers in the Northeast.
Thursday September 21, 2017 / 7:30pmThursday September 28, 2017 / 7:30pm
With Stories to Scenes, Improv Jones Boston and storytelling collective MassMouth set out to prove that fact can often be stranger than fiction ... and funnier, too. At this monthly Riot Theater event, you'll hear real-life tales of humor, tragedy and more, as relayed by renowned local storytellers. Plus, you'll get to see members of the veteran improv comedy group create spontaneous new scenes -- filled with humor that's fast-paced, clever and physical -- inspired by the stories you've just heard. There's a diverse cast of bards and a new mix of irreverent comedy at each performance.
Saturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 18, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 16, 2017 / 8:00pm
ImprovBoston's The Last Laugh comedy showcase is definitely not for kids. In fact, it might not even be for some adults. Every Saturday, this naughty hour of comedy delivers all the filthy fun you can handle. It's a different style of comedy each time -- from improv to sketch to stand-up -- all served up at the witching hour. Check your hang-ups at the door and settle in for something raunchy, profane and just the right kind of wrong.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 14, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday October 28, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 11:30pmSaturday November 11, 2017 / 11:30pm
Jelly spotlights Boston's brightest comedians, from veterans to rising stars, with an emphasis on female talent. The sharp and cutting night of comedy includes a classic TV variety show style featuring live music, sketch, stand-up, improv and audience interaction. Travel through time to the entertainment of yesteryear with a fresh, alternative slant. The show gets going at ImprovBoston, with host Nonye Brown West, announcer Harry Gordon and the Jelly House Band with Jeff Greenwald's rock and jazz ensemble.
Thursday September 28, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday October 26, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 23, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 28, 2017 / 9:30pm
Even if you've read all of David Sedaris' best-selling books, heard every segment he's performed on This American Life, and caught all of his appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Tonight Show, prepare to be delightfully surprised by what Sedaris will read when he arrives at Boston Symphony Hall. Perhaps the most beloved humorist of his generation, Sedaris has sold more than seven million books, which include such comedic classics as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and his latest, Theft By Finding, a collection of his favorite diary entries over four decades. Now he comes to Boston for a night of new, sardonic material. Come hear the latest from this master of satire who Salon called "the prime candidate for funniest writer alive."
Prepare to witness to one of the greatest -- and funniest -- conflicts ever waged via little cardboard cards. Two wizards, bent on destroying each other because of an ancient grudge, enlist creatures of good (angels, elves, passers-by) and creatures of evil (goblins, trolls, tax collectors) to battle one another in a winner-takes-all showdown. Watch and help shape the action with your own cards as the wizards and their team of misfit fantasy junkies improvise a comedy battle for supremacy of the Riot Theater stage. This outrageous show premiered at the Geek Week Comedy Festival and just completed a feature run at ImprovBoston.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday November 4, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday December 2, 2017 / 8:00pm
You don't have to go to New York City to see comics from its famed stand-up comedy scene. Jordan Raybould is a rising star in NYC, and now he's hitting the road with his hilarious friends, comedians you've seen on Comedy Central, MTV, Netflix and other places. But nothing beats live comedy for a good belly laugh, so head out to Beatnik's in Worcester to catch some of tomorrow's comedy stars bringing the funny on stage when NYC Comedy Invades Worcester.
Getting a song stuck in your head is a small price to pay for the infectious music and raucous comedy of ImprovBoston's Music Comedy Night. This monthly show boasts the best of Boston's comedy scene in all things musical, including the Musical Improv Cast (MIC) as well as musical sketch and comedy band acts from throughout the city. The evening even includes a musical improv jam session that puts everyone's comedy songwriting and musical creativity to the test at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 14, 2017 / 9:30pm
Rod Ferguson, one of cabaret's hottest new entertainers, premieres his wickedly funny show, Some Others I've Seen, in Boston after its triumphant debut in Provincetown -- accompanied by Club Cafe's own Brian Patton on piano. Ferguson, who studied under Broadway legend Faith Prince and cabaret marvel Marilyn Maye, sings songs from the swing era. He's also got some funny stories to share about growing up gay in socially-conservative Bermuda, as well as some shocking tales about the characters he's met on his stumble toward love. "It's not all scandalous," Ferguson says. "There are at least a couple heartfelt moments." Beverages are available for purchase during the show, and afterward, the club offers a full food menu along with more entertainment and even sing-alongs.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 7:00pm
Catch fresh-faced rising stars of the local comedy scene at an event hosted and headlined by legendary Boston stand-up Tony V. From his days as a social worker seeking a little stress relief behind the mic, V has brought his streetwise humor and acute understanding of the human condition to the national comedy circuit for more than three decades. As an actor, he's appeared on TV shows ranging from Seinfeld to The Single Guy and even tackled dramatic roles on series like Boston Common. Warm, witty and wise, he now goes back to his roots, giving the spotlight to an array of up-and-comers for a show packed full of storytelling and laughs.
Wednesday October 4, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday October 25, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday November 15, 2017 / 8:00pmWednesday December 6, 2017 / 8:00pm
When intimated, a porcupine spikes its quills, a cobra flicks its tongue ... and comedian Dan Soder? Well, his defense mechanism is to affect a Russian accent (because "Russians are the scariest white people"). His hilarious sets are full of such pro-tips and off-center insights, all illustrated with amazing impressions of oddballs, old people and toddlers-who-are-way-too-good-with-iPads. He's been on TBS' Conan and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham and has hosted the Yahoo! web series Mansome, produced by Morgan Spurlock, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett. Lately, he has been a frequent guest and a "third mic" on the hit radio show Opie with Jim Norton. Now he steps back onto the stand-up stage at Laugh Boston.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 8:00pmFriday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday October 21, 2017 / 10:15pm
Astonishing audiences as they throw and catch throw and catch birdbaths, lawn-chairs, electric guitars and baseball bats, the Airborne Comedians are renowned for their hilarious juggling routines performed as they balance atop unicycles as much as seven feet high. The Airborne Comedians (made up of Dan Foley and Joel Harris) have traveled around the world, delighting onlookers with their high energy and unorthodox comic patter. Experience this dynamic duo at Arlington's Regent Theatre as part of the Family Fun Saturday series.