Recently brought under by new management, The Comedy Palace spotlights a rotating cast of six to eight headliners for its Thursday through Sunday evening performances that are backdropped by a signature red curtain. Flash your Groupon VIP entry, skip the line, and head toward swanky preferred stage seating, optimal for dodging pointed punch lines from comics looking to single out your taste in ring tones from the stage. Peruse a calendar of talent in advance and reserve a space for yourself, your date, your soon-to-be tickled funny bones, and your two drink minimums.
One of the world's leading live-entertainment companies, Live Nation connects millions of fans to thousands of performances across the globe. Today's deal can be used for any Live Nation concert at the open-air Cruzan Amphitheatre, providing fans with aural stimulation of all stripes, filling ears more pleasantly than the aggressively atonal orchestras that roam the countryside. Upcoming concerts at the venue include such diverse performers as Rascal Flatts, Lil' Wayne, and Maroon 5, giving listeners a cornucopia of euphonic options.
Actor, comedian, and humanitarian Chris Tucker steps off the big screen and onto the massive stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre, racking up belly laughs with his raucous, adults-only standup routine. A former Def Comedy Jam all-star, Chris boasts impeccable comic timing, unpredictable delivery, and a caffeinated chipmunk voice, all of which have worked to shape a career loaded with inertial success. The performer is famous for his kung-fu verbosity in the Rush Hour franchise and his pivotal role as Smokey in Friday, both of which helped him become an A-list celebrity. Returning to his live-performance roots, Chris unloads a cannon of material, slaying audiences with lightning-fast quips, high-pitched observations, and tips on surviving brunch with Jackie Chan.
Bottle service at U-31 allows you to pour your own cocktails from a private bottle of high-end vodka, complete with ice, mixers, and fruit for garnishing. With a reserved table, you and your guests have the freedom to leave the group and cut loose to the spintastic sounds of local and traveling DJs, or throw down a high-energy game of billiards without fear of losing your seat—after all, calling fivesies at the club is so passé. Possible DJs include Disco Villains, Vega, Walter Meego, Fare Soldi, and Two Live Crew, among many others. There is something new going on every night; check out the daily schedule here. The sleek dance club and cocktail lounge has a strict 21-and-over policy, and reservations are required.
Joker's Wild Comedy Club's stage showcases comics drawn from both the national touring circuit and the local scene. The intimate venue, which recently replaced its space-hogging booths with brand-new seats, features headlining comedians who fill Thursday–Saturday evenings with laughter during 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows. On Wednesday night, fledgling funny folk strive for their five minutes of fame at open mic night. Joker’s Wild also runs its own School of Comedy, where budding comedians can chase their dreams of cracking up audiences and keeping glasses of water on a stool. The club’s full menu of pub food mutes growling stomachs with appetizers and entrees for patrons hoping to perfect an onion-ring spit take.
Although the epicenter of downtown's Gaslamp Quarter buzzes with bars and restaurants, the comedy club nestled among it all may be the biggest draw. That’s because The American Comedy Co. consistently books nationally renowned comedians and television personalities such as the Sklar Brothers, Sarah Colonna, and Christopher Titus. Yet to keep from being too exclusive, the independent establishment also welcomes fledgling comics to its stage for open mic nights, where they can practice their timing, develop their stage presence, and lift famous people’s fingerprints from the microphone stand.