The best places to get your laugh on
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.