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1. Ballentine VFW Post 2462916 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
2. Dulono's Pizza607 W Lake St, Minneapolis
3. Universe Games711 W Lake St Ste 103, Minneapolis
4. Joke Joint Comedy Club801 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Saint Paul
5. Rick Bronson's House of Comedy408 E Broadway, Bloomington
6. The Corner Bar1501 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis
7. Acme Comedy Company708 N 1st St, Minneapolis
On the third Tuesday of every month at 8:30pm, this Uptown VFW turns into a great place for stand-up comedy. Eight to ten comedians are gathered 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.
In addition to serving some pretty damn good pizza, this Uptown joint hosts entertainment nights, including live music, karaoke and comedy shows. On the last Wednesday of each month, Dulono's features three up-and-coming local comics doing 15-minute sets, with a nationally touring headliner closing everything out. Of course, if you're looking to get into the game yourself, this place hosts an open mic every other Wednesday.
While a weird hybrid of a game/coffee shop mixed with a toy store might seem like an unlikely spot to catch a few laughs, this place is keeping it funny with a show called Boy Kisses. Hosted by a slew of MSP talent, Boy Kisses happens every Sunday night at 7:30pm and features a variety of performances within sketch, characters, and stand-up. But the real kicker is the weekly theme: “Some have included Pokemon, La Croix, and Dads," Lester explains. "You will not leave this show without a side ache from laughing."
Set adrift just on the outskirts of St. Paul sits an intimate comedy club that offers up big laughs… and some interesting history. This spot used to be a burlesque hall, but now it hosts weekly open mics on Wednesdays at 8pm and features regular shows from Thursday-Saturday (Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm, and Saturday at 7:45pm and 9:45pm). The feature performances include both local talent and nationally-touring headliners, making it a great spot in town if you're looking for well-crafted stand-up.
It’s seems strange to think that one of the best comedy clubs in Minneapolis is located in the Mall of America, but this place has brought in some very popular names over the years. Anyone from Jon Lovitz to Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider have been featured at the House of Comedy, and even Steve-O has stopped by (to do stand-up, not a Jackass stunt). Shows are held Tuesday-Saturday. Their lounge serves cocktails, wine, beer and appetizers with great happy hour deals.
This University of Minnesota Twin Cities bar fills up with some hilarious talent during the Comedy Corner Underground shows, which run Thursday-Sunday nights. It was once described by The Star Tribune as “the scrappy dungeon of laughs,” offering a great mix of free and ticketed comedy shows on the weekends. Given it’s proximity to the university, it’s packed with a lot of college students either looking to catch a great show or even try out their hand in stand-up comedy during the weekly open mic.
This club is the crème de la crème of Twin Cities comedy stops and has managed to earn quite the reputation across the country. In fact, many comedians have coined it as one of their favorites around town: heavy hitters such as Nick Dipaolo, Hannibal Buress, Dana Gould, Andy Kindler, and Tom Segura have all headlined at Acme. ACC also hosts an open mics every Monday, one that frequently gets a pop-in from the coming weekend headliners.