When: One Friday a month (it varies, so check its Facebook page ahead of time)
It's hard to improve upon the formula of great food and great comedy, and Westy's knows it. Hosted by Mary Prantil, once a month, this show lets you watch comedians at work up close and personal. Mary, a veteran of the New York scene, books comics that are worth comedy club admission, and are a total steal at “free.” The show is also formatted like a club show, with two feature acts and one headliner, kicking off at 7pm.
When: Every Wednesday night
Cost: Free before 9pm, $5 after
The Wood is not only one of the best independent comedy shows in San Diego, it even gives the comedy clubs a run for their money. And at zero dollars, it won't give you a run for yours. This mid-sized bar, just a stone's throw from the ocean, gets packed. And for good reason -- Josh Nelson books nationally touring comics to headline and cherry picks the very best locals to open. With bulletproof lineups, a raucous atmosphere, and a great location, it's hard to find reasons not to go. Show starts at 9:30pm.