Laughter is the best medicine ; and if the instructions on the pill bottle are to be observed properly, then it needs to be taken in a regular dose to be effective. Fortunately for all of us, there are plenty of funny folks prescribing your daily dose in the form of monthly comedy shows. From stand-up to improv to variety shows and all the things in between, humorous folks in the Bluff City are just waiting to tickle your funny bone.
You Look Like
WHEN: 3rd Saturday of each month, 9 p.m.
WHERE: P&H Cafe
WHAT: You Look Like is a roast battle competition show where six comics enter, and one leaves as the emperor of insults. The audience gets involved too, with winners being determined by applause as well as a portion where you get to submit your own burns to the performer of your choice. Each month the winner gets a fancy hand-made hat from hosts Katrina Coleman and Brian Balough. ($8 entry, 21+)
WHEN: 1st Friday of each month, 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Brass Door
WHAT: Improv Underground is a no holds barred improv comedy show hosted by the Bluff City Liars competing for your laughs in a Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style short-form improv romp, punctuated with a long-form exhibition (basically an improvised one-act play). Audience participation is key for getting suggestions or otherwise being involved in select games, and there’s even a trophy for the best suggestion of the night! ($5 entry, 18+)
Don't Be Afraid
WHEN: 2nd Saturday of each month, 9 p.m.
WHERE: Midtown Crossing Grill
WHAT: Don’t Be Afraid — Memphis’s longest running comedy showcase — is a stand-up show hosted by Hunter Sandlin. Don’t Be Afraid regularly features local and out of town comics, including headliners who have been featured on late-night programs such as Late Night with Seth and The Late Late Show with James Corden. ($5 entry, 18+)
Drafts And Laughs
WHEN: 2nd Saturday of each month, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Memphis Made Brewing Co.
WHAT: Drafts & Laughs is a stand-up showcase hosted by the Comma Comedians right in the heart of Cooper-Young. “The best kept secret of Memphis Comedy” offers well crafted beer and well crafted comedy. (Free, 18+)
Three Course Comedy
WHEN: 2nd Friday of each month, 10 p.m.
WHERE: Midtown Crossing Grill
WHAT: Three Course Comedy is a three-act late-nite comedy show presented by the Bluff City Liars. The first features host Ben Frederick performing a stand-up set; the final act is always an open-to-all improv jam. The second act is the “monthly special” that changes from show to show, so you’ll have to check back each month to see what’s cooking! (pay-what-you-like, 18+)
Dark Match Comedy
WHEN: 4th Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meddlesome Brewing Company
WHAT: Dark Match is Cordova-based stand-up showcase hosted by the Comma Comedians. I’m starting to think these guys like breweries. The drinks are cheap, and the laughs are (Free, 18+).
WHEN: 4th Tuesday of each month, 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Lamplighter Lounge
WHAT: The Lamplighter is a variety show hosted by Erik Allgood that regularly features stand-up comedy, musical performances, and poetry readings, plus a competitive “comedy gauntlet” where audiences get to play favorites. A portion of each show’s profits benefits a charitable organization, most recently HOPE. ($5 entry, 21+)
Comedy At Crosstown Brewing
WHEN: The last Friday of each month, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Crosstown Brewing Company
WHAT: Yeah, the Comma Comedians definitely like breweries. Check out this stand-up comedy over stand-out beers with a mix of local and out of town acts. (Free, 18+)
WHEN: 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Theatre South
WHAT: B&G Improv hosts this three-segment show featuring a special guest improv group, a one-hour improv by B&G themselves (Jillian Barron and Laurel George) and a round of improv shared between the host and the guest. ($10, 16+)
Comedy at Mississippi Ale House
WHEN: 3rd Saturday of each month, 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mississippi Ale House
WHAT: The only event in DeSoto County, the Comma Comedians take to Olive Branch to bring Mississippi a stand up showcase of its own. This show marks the Comma Comedians’ fourth monthly comedy show on this list.. Unsurprisingly, it’s in a brewery. (Free, 18+)
WHEN: 1st Monday of each month, 6 p.m.
WHERE: TheatreWorks on Overton Square
WHAT: While not technically a show, the Yes& Workshop hosted by Bluff City Liars is a resource for anyone looking to get into or just learn more about improv. It’s a 1-hour, no-commitment drop-in class meant to be fun and educational, so all are welcome regardless of skill level. (pay-what-you-like, recommended 16+)
Secret Show isn’t technically monthly as much as it is bi-weekly, occurring every other Wednesday at Local Gastropub. If you’ve gotten this far and want more information, I guess you’ll just have to check out the Comma Comedians’ facebook page…
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