It’s no secret that Austin has a buzzing entertainment scene. From concert venues to theaters to sporting venues, there is no shortage of places to go and explore for a good time. Lesser known is the thriving comedy scene in the city. Not only does Austin have hilarious people, but the comedy clubs are great, too, making the perfect combination for incredible entertainment.
When you’re in need of a good laugh, check out this guide of the most hilarious comedy clubs in Austin!
Located on 6th Street, Esther’s Follies offers downtown Austin some comedic gold. This forty-year-old comedy troupe has hit icon status with shows five times a week and consistent sold-out audiences, and has been hailed as “Austin’s answer to Saturday Night Live.” Acts typically incorporate magic, juggling, singing dancing, and sketches on current events.
Plus, during the pandemic, Austin’s #1 Comedy Troupe has featured daily doses of sketch comedy, political satire, and award-winning magic, calling it “Your Daily Dose of Esther’s Follies.” For a taste of what they have to offer, check out their website for digital videos, podcast interviews, At home with the Cast Cameos, and classic videos from the Follies archives.
Originally launched as The Laff Stop by Howard and Sandy Marcus from Houston, Capitol City Comedy Club has served Austinites for over 30 years with world-class comedians. On Wednesday through Saturday nights, headliners feature local talent or national acts to deliver stand-up comedy. Or, catch a “PUNCH!” show on Tuesdays or Open Mic Night on Sundays, a comedy club staple.
Many well-known comedians have stopped in at Capitol City Comedy Club, including Ellen DeGeneres, DL Hughley, Dave Attell, and Joe Rogan. This spot is also home to the nationally admired “Funniest Person in Austin” contest
Spider House Ballroom is a hotspot of art, music, and culture as an eclectic performance space featuring diverse events, a full bar, and a patio. It has been named as “one of the 10 best destinations in America” by USA Today and an “Austin Institution” by The Washington Post. This Austin treasure was founded in 1995 and continues to attract Austinites and visitors every night.
Before you watch a comedy show, grab a specialty coffee or cocktail, a fine-crafter beer, or food from one of the five food truck options. Walk over to the disco-ball-lit ballroom and enjoy the show in an aesthetic, historic environment!
This live comedy venue and training center features comedy shows seven nights a week, so you can never get enough! Located in the heart of downtown Austin, Fallout Theater (formerly known as The New Movement) has grown exponentially into an unstoppable hotspot of Austin comedy. Established in 2018, this spot is one of the newest comedy clubs in Austin and definitely one of the best!
Each night, find various performances like long-form improv, sketch, and stand-up. The venue also hosts a variety of festivals and stand-up competitions and maintains an emphasis on diversity, experimentation, and community.
The Velveeta Room, also lovingly referred to as The Velv, is an intimate, laugh-filled room featuring stand-up comedy and open mic nights. Local and touring comics perform in the cozy atmosphere where the standards are high. The Velv might be the most important stage for Austin comics to develop their material in front of fellow comics, so you can guarantee you’ll be getting the best of the best.
It is both inexpensive and entertaining, making it the perfect venue for any night you just need a good laugh!
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Take a break from the stresses of life by visiting these hilarious comedy clubs in Austin! Afterwards, be sure to check out the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide page and let us know what you want to see next!