San Diego may be the best-kept secret in the world of stand-up comedy. Often considered little more than a satellite of LA, San Diego is home to its own homespun group of comedians who are just as funny, dedicated, and creative as their compatriots to the north (and mostly better looking, of course).
While the city has four full-time comedy clubs, they can be an expensive proposition. Thankfully, there's a vibrant underground comedy scene where laughs can be had for dirt cheap, and often free. So if bars, coffee shops and a revolving cast of semi- or full-genius weirdos sound like your cup of Pabst, keep reading to find a showcase close to you.
When: Every Friday
The Winstons Friday night show is a San Diego comedy institution for a reason. Run by Jeff Bilodeau, Jesse Egan, and Andrew Deans -- three of the city's highest-profile comics -- the show has a character all its own. It's the only show on this list that costs money, but it's worth far more than the $5 pittance they ask as a cover. The big stage, huge amps, and rock concert lighting let the performers command a room that is large enough to accommodate a big crowd, but not so large as to make it feel cavernous. Come early if you want to catch the free open mic that directly precedes the show.