||3652 Roswell Rd
||Renowned comedians including Jeff Foxworthy, Richard Pryor, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy and Jay Leno have all walked across The Punchline’s stage. The big show is the monthly Sunday night comedy festival. Want to become a comic? Comic Jeff Justice teaches a four-week class that will prepare you to get you there with your best material.
|Dad’s Garage Theatre
||569 Ezzard St SE
||One of the best parts of Dad’s Garage Theatre is the fact that you can mix-and-match buckets of whatever beer you choose. Aside from this, the improv here is also painstakingly, beer-through-your-nose funny. Check out shows like Theatresports, a fast-paced improv competition that uses audience suggestions to move the show along. Or Cage Match, which pits two teams against each other and allows the audience to choose the winner.
||437 Moreland Ave NE
||Star Bar is a raucous club that also reflects the type of material showcased onstage. Monday is open-mic night, and you’ll find seasoned local comedians and newbies alike trying out their weirdest, most experimental material. Bonus: There’s no cover at the door.
|Laughing Skull Lounge
||878 Peachtree St NE
||Every May, the Laughing Skull holds one of the biggest comedy festivals in Atlanta, where up-and-coming talent perform to a crowd of agents, managers, and bookers, The rest of the year, Laughing Skull hosts open mic night on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all the way through December. Stop by for the Best of Atlanta shows Thursday through Sunday, when 10 local comedians perform their best 10 minutes of material.
||349 Decatur St SE
||The Village Theatre is an intimate venue hosting live improv shows. Popular acts include “Sh*faced Shakespeare,” where the performers attempt to perform scenes from Shakespeare as they get increasingly drunk, and “Atlanta Explained,” news about whatever is happening in town or the world. Both shows happen are staged on Saturday night, but there’s always a good show going on every day of the week.
|Uptown Comedy Center
||800 Marietta St NW
||Big names such as Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, Mo’Nique, DL Hughley and Bruce-Bruce have all passed through the doors of Uptown Comedy Center on their way to stardom. The two-drink policy is enforced here, so it’s a great opportunity to try the Incredible Hulk, which is Hennessy and Hypnotiq. Come by for Wine Down Wednesdays, which is a combination of karaoke, comedy, and all the wine you can handle.
|The Basement Theatre
||175 W Wieuca Rd NE
||The Basement Theatre hosts weekly shows Thursday through Saturday, which is the time when improv groups hone their skills. The Basement Players take audience suggestions and create skits and interactive games out of them. You can also workshop with the improv group here during the week to learn more about the craft.
||962 Marietta St NW
||Urban Grind is an art-coffeehouse that hosts diverse events such as poetry slams, film screenings, and comedy open-mics. On Tuesdays get a killer latte and watch the local comedians give it all they’ve got. If you’re feeling brave, you can even check if there’s time on the program and see how much comedy you’ve really got in you. The mic starts at 8PM, but get there early to grab a seat — it fills up pretty fast.
||380 14th St NW
||The Thursday night open-mic at Relapse Theatre is a favorite among local comedians and fans alike, but the real treat comes on Saturday nights. That’s when Relapse Theatre hosts a “secret show,” where headliners like Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel and Todd Glass have all showed up to do a set. Once the clock strikes 1AM, the doors open, and it’s completely free.
|Atlanta Comedy Theater
||4650 Jimmy Carter Blvd #114b, Norcross
||Comedy legends including Chris Powell and Paul Mooney constantly come back to Atlanta Comedy Theater to showcase their newest material. The proving ground also allows you to take a comedy course with noted comic Josh Harris, who guides students through seven classes to create an original comedy routine.