When it comes to stand-up comedy, the Twin Cities easily ranks near places like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles for having produced some incredible talent over the years. Mitch Hedberg, Maria Bamford, and even Nick Swardson are names immediately associated with the MSP comedy scene. But in addition to our national comedic contributions, we also have a slew of up-and-coming locals churning out the funny. Mike Lester, an MSP stand-up whose self-deprecating nerd-centric act is one definitely worth catching, tells us:
“I think the Minneapolis comedy scene is thriving in a way it hasn’t in awhile. I see a lot of hungry, hardworking comics everywhere I go, and a lot of them are going the DIY route and putting on their own incredible shows. I am proud to call this scene home.”
Given the sheer number of places you can catch a show these days, we can't help but think he’s exactly right, so we had Lester put together a list of his favorite places in the Twin Cities to see stand-up.
On the third Tuesday of every month at 8:30pm, this Uptown VFW turns into a great place for stand-up comedy. Eight to 10 comedians gather to perform for an always-packed crowd in a show hosted by local comics Isaac Witty and Hessley Rey. No matter the talent, it's always a hysterical performance and one of the best comedy stops around MSP.