This DIY space in the Third Ward actually functions daily as an art gallery, but on weekend nights the place turns monthly into a platform for local comedians to garner belly laughs. 643 S 2nd St.
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Turner Hall Ballroom and The Pabst Theater
When it comes to comedy, Turner Hall is the twisted younger brother of The Pabst, which remains grand, bringing in high-profile comedians in their prime (Dave Chapelle, Tracy Morgan). Turner tends to experiment with more outside-the-box styles (Eric Andre, Todd Barry). Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. 4th St.; Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St.
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The Place for Improv
Accept this premise: most of the time improv is painful to watch, but when it’s good – as it often is here – it’s actually great. There’s such uncertainty that starting with essentially nothing and building from there spawns routines that can be exhilarating and hilarious. For the truly adventurous, you can take a class to try improv for yourself. 420 S. 1st St.