Comedy Club Shows in Atlanta

by William Jensen

The city of Atlanta in Georgia has comedy club shows throughout the year. They include customary stand-up routines as well as a wide range of variations on this type of performance. Some clubs offer family-oriented shows while others only allow adults. Most nights of the week you will find at least one comedy club show in Atlanta; some nights feature four or five different shows at a time.

The Punchline

Established in 1982, The Punchline ( touts itself as the "premier" comedy club in Atlanta. It enforces a minimum age of 21. The schedule of shows varies by month. The club usually holds shows four to six nights each week, typically excluding Monday and Tuesday. Most shows start between 6 and 11 p.m.

Laughing Skull

The Laughing Skull Lounge ( on Atlanta's Peachtree Street offers comedy shows almost every night of the week, usually starting between 7 and 10 p.m., but sometimes as early as 5 p.m. Like The Punchline, this club features both open mike nights and scheduled comedians. As of mid-2011, the Laughing Skull Lounge holds open mike comedy shows on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.

Basement Theatre

Located on West Wieuca Road, The Basement Theatre ( focuses on improvised comedy. It was established in 2004. Improv shows happen on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 and 10 p.m. The club's audience makes suggestions and may even join the show on-stage. The club offers a family-oriented show at 8 p.m. The Basement Theatre also has regular stand-up comedy shows on most Thursday nights.

Village Theatre

The Village Theatre ( on Decatur Street also specializes in improvised comedy, offering performances of this type on more nights of the week than any other Atlanta club. This comedy club normally holds improv shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. The improv styles vary by the day of week. Some shows pit different comedians against each other.

Relapse Comedy

On 14th Street NW, Relapse Comedy Theatre ( provides a wide range of performances, including improvised sitcoms and science fiction movies, open mikes, scheduled stand-up comedy and "secret" shows with unannounced performers. Relapse Comedy Theatre holds performances on most nights of the week, except for Sunday and Monday. People can watch the "secret" shows late at night on Saturday for free.

About the Author

William Jensen began his writing career in 2007. His work has appeared on various websites, covering currents events, technology and other topics.