Science agrees: laughing is good for you. That’s why the best comedy clubs in Miami are so darn important. These places help us laugh in a city that often tries its best to make us cry. Sure, you can find comfort in a drink over at the best cocktail bars in Miami. Or maybe you can seek a brief respite in one of Miami’s best Cuban sandwiches. But there’s nothing like a comedy show to get out that tension. In Miami, a city not really known for its comedy scene, we have some great options that often fly under the radar. From hilarious improv in Little Haiti to a 75-seat club in the back of a hotel—here are the comedy spots you need to get to know.
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What is it? The best place to get to know Miami’s new generation of comics and performers. Villain is the brainchild of an ambitious group of young improvisers who cover quite a bit of ground in their charming Little Haiti theater. Improv is the star of the show but you can also catch stand-up, musical improv and drag.
Why go? The Saturday Gigantic show—which mixes improv with onstage interviews, singing and dancing—is the funniest thing in Miami right now.
What is it? These veterans of the Miami comedy scene have carved a comfy home for themselves in Coral Gables. The 98-seat theater hosts a weekly rotation of fresh improv troupes. Audience participation is encouraged—as is partaking in the full bar.
Why go? Ever seen improv en Español? Now you can at JTF’s Sunday night ¿Qué Pasa Improv? show.
What is it? A hidden comedy club inside a Palmetto Bay Quality Inn. Yup—it’s a thing. But this little club is an unlikely comedy hotspot, giving stage time to local Miami stand-ups as well as touring performers like Rich Vos, Mike Britt and more.
Why go? Name another comedy club that’ll let you sleep over? A poolside room is just $69 a night.
What is it? Yo Space has been a gathering place for Miami creatives since it opened in 2012, and that includes comics. It hosts an open mic, live game shows and a “Jazz n’ Jokes” night that’ll have you laughing.
Why go? The monthly Just the Tip comedy show (tipping encouraged!) is a reliable favorite. Keep an eye out for it on the first Sunday of the month.
What is it? The beloved Wynwood bar does a little bit of everything—and comedy is certainly one of those things. Stand-up shows here are sporadic but comics like Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress have both stopped by for surprise sets.
Why go? Even if there’s no show, Wednesday night drag bingo will have you laughing your ass off.
What is it? The new location of the once defunct Miami Improv. This beloved venue will enjoy a second life when it opens in City Place Doral in December 2018. Over 400 seats and adjacent restaurant, Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen, are sure to make this a popular venue.
Why go? The Miami Improv is no doubt going to draw some big-name name touring comics to Doral when it opens its doors.