When comedians get onstage, they open their lives to audiences and to any burglars who realize they won't be home for hours. Help yourself to comedic treasures with this Groupon.
- Standup comedy package, valid for any regular comedy show
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour prior to showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to see a schedule of upcoming acts.
- $20 for two tickets (up to $23 value each) and one appetizer (up to a $13 value; up to a $59 total value)
- $30 for four tickets and two appetizers (up to a $118 total value)
Mitch Fatel (August 29–September 1)
Former Howard Stern intern seen as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; voted Best Stand-Up Comedian at the Aspen Comedy Festival
Warning: contains profanity and deceptively raunchy subject matter delivered with childlike affect
Bret Ernst (September 12–15)
Featured star of Vince Vaughan's Wild West Comedy Show, a recurring character on Showtime's Weeds, and host of the Oxygen network series Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too
Warning: contains Italian humor and gallons of profanity
Roy Wood, Jr. (October 3–6)
Star of the hit series Sullivan & Son; named one of the "Top 12 Comics to Watch" by Entertainment Weekly in 2009
Warning: contains profanity, kidney punching, and a tale of a tasteless prank call
The first Improv comedy club had virtually nothing to do with comedy. Broadway producer Budd Friedman founded the now legendary franchise in 1963 as an intimate spot where performers could eat, drink coffee, and sing along to piano ditties after their shows. Soon after, the club's first comedian, Dave Astor, tried out some new material on a whim. The stand-up set was a hit and led to the venue's eventual transformation into a full-blown comedy club. New York's hottest comedians would do nearly anything to be featured on the Improv stage; for instance, it's rumored that Lily Tomlin hijacked a parked limousine in order to make a stunning entrance when first meeting Budd.
Since 1989, Cleveland Improv has lived up to the lofty reputation of its parent club by showcasing comedic heavyweights such as Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, and Dave Chappelle. A diverse calendar draws instantly recognizable comics from the airwaves of Showtime, the E! channel, and Comedy Central—including Tommy Davidson, Godfrey, and Christina Pazsitzky—but it also opens the stage to promising up-and-comers such as "Uncle" Larry Reeb, Craig Doyle, and Cleveland's own Mike Polk Jr. Like a well-catered intervention, the menu surprises audiences with gourmet flavors. Blueberry-habañero sauce douses the wings, while bleu cheese and applewood bacon crown the burgers. Gut-busted patrons can replenish oxygen-deprived lungs over a cocktail on Cleveland Improv’s patio, which offers nice views of the Cuyahoga River.