On the other side of the country, you have the legendary Comedy Store. Adam Sandler, David Spade and Dave Chappelle are just a few of the A-list names that recently received stage time here. This is the club in L.A. to go to when you want a great show that will also have huge names.
Comedy Central used to have a stand-up show Live At Gotham that originated from this venue. Jerry Seinfeld has been known to pop in when trying out new material. You never know who might show up on any given night.
The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood is a happening spot. Tim Allen performs here regularly, as do many other celebrities. This club launched Dane Cook, and was his home club until a recent falling out with the owner.
It's hard to miss this club with its signature colorful diamond patterns. It's also hard to miss as it's right on Broadway in Times Square. New York is home to many famous comedians, and it's a no-brainer they choose one of the best clubs in town to play.
There are few clubs as awesome as this one. Most comics choose a large, flashy venue when taping specials. Just a few years ago, UFC commentator and one of the biggest podcast hosts on earth, Joe Rogan, chose to tape a special here, as it was one of his favorite venues.
This is one of the oldest comedy clubs in the country. In business for over 50 years, this was the home base for Steve Martin when he got his start. Today, it's one of Joe Rogan's other favorite stages, as he's here almost once a month.
Comedians are prone to depression. But amazing clubs such as Acme are one of the things that keep them going. Many famous acts such as Brian Regan and Ron White love stopping by here when they're in town.
Comics in the back of a comic book store? It sounds weird but makes all the sense in the world. The ticket prices for every show are absurdly cheap (usually less than $10) and you can catch acts such as Judd Apatow here almost nightly. Yes, the director of The 40 Year-Old Virgin. This is where he loves to ply his stand-up trade.
This is a hidden gem in a city full of hidden gems. It's a playground for alternative comedy darlings such as Sarah Silverman and Tig Notaro. Any show here you're guaranteed to see up-and-comers as well as established celebrity comics.
The Comedy Underground is a Seattle institution. It's been in business for over 35 years, and many famous comics that used to play the club enjoy going back when they're in town. Louis CK recently did a surprise drop in, opening his set by affectionately joking, "I can't believe I'm back in this s**t hole."
If you're in L.A. and have five bucks to spend you can get an amazing night of comedy. "Hot Tub" at the Virgil is one of the best shows in town, showcasing top comics and variety acts every Monday. It's also hosted by Kristen Schaal from Bob's Burgers.
The Improv is one of the biggest and most respected names in comedy. They have dozens of locations in dozens of states and are usually the last stop for comics before they get too big for clubs. You can still see stars such as Bill Bellamy and Mike Epps who enjoy sticking to clubs. If you're looking for a fun night out, a comedy club is way better than a trip to the movies.