Did you know that yesterday was World Day of Laughter? Some comedic relief could be what we all need right about now, so we put together a list of places in Edmonton to enjoy the comedy scene.
A national comedy club chain started in Toronto in 1976, with 10 locations across Canada to date. Kick back and laugh while enjoying shows that typically feature three comedians: the host, the middle, and the feature. You can also enjoy food and drinks with your experience, and you can see what is available for each show online. Options may range from a dinner menu, with a choice of prime rib or salmon, to snacks and drinks. The shows are uncensored and restricted to people 18 years and older. Tickets and showtimes are available online.
Think comedy, but improvised. Located in Old Strathcona, Rapid Fire Theatre provides affordable, high-energy improv and alternative theatre to audiences. Check out their lineup of weekly shows, including CHiMPROV, The Late Night Double Feature, and Theatresports. The theatre is accessible with ground seating options and gender-inclusive washrooms. Their concession offers food and drinks, but due to the pandemic, it will be closed for the time being.
For over 30 years, The Comedy Factory has been a hot spot for laughs in Edmonton with stand-up comedy and other show offerings, including magicians, hypnotists, illusionists, impressionists, and improv acts. They are located in Gateway Entertainment Centre, and tickets range from $15 to $20. Check out their upcoming lineup online to get in on the hilarious action.
Located on Bourbon Street in West Edmonton Mall, The Comic Strip has earned its place as Edmonton’s Home for Laughs and as one of the top comedy venues in the world. The owner, Rick Bronson, is an award-winning comedian, magician, TV host, writer, producer, and musician. Food is available, for extra purchase, throughout the shows and includes a full menu of appetizers and entrees, like pizza and burgers. They also offer delicious desserts. Their extensive alcohol menu features beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits. Catch emerging talents and some star acts whose credits include appearances at the Just for Laughs Festival, The Late Show, The Daily Show, Comedy Central, and more. So, grab your friends and prepare for a hilariously good night. Tickets and showtimes are available online.
The Grindstone Theatre is a non-profit founded in 2011. It aims to create opportunities for emerging artists. In 2018, it opened its Comedy Theatre and Bistro, which now hosts a variety of acts, including stand-up, acting, improv, sketch, burlesque, musical theatre, and more. The Bistro is a nostalgia-themed pub in a converted garage and offers a variety of eats like burgers and sandwiches and drinks like beer and cocktails. It is recommended to arrive at the Bistro at least an hour before your show to ensure ample time to finish your meal. Check out the calendar online to see upcoming shows.