The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga doesn't shy away from provocation. In fact, most of their productions are downright gutsy. The non-profit theater company— founded by local artists who eat, drink, and breathe stage dust—specializes in professional stagings of new and classic works that stir the imagination and gleefully push buttons. Not just geared toward grown-ups and theater connoisseurs, the ETC also conducts a youth program of camps and classes for the next generation of thespians.
Since opening its doors in 1985, the recently renovated Comedy Catch has induced giggle fits with performances helmed by famed jesters such as Bobcat Goldthwait and Jerry Seinfeld. The main showroom comfortably seats up to 250 guests, with a crystal-clear audio setup preventing punch lines from getting lost in the laughter. Downstairs, the Giggles Grill serves a savory menu of steak, fried shrimp, and tall drinks to replenish calories lost chuckling or trying to huff, puff, and blow the venue’s brick walls down.
At Sky Zoo, which bills itself as a "zoo of entertainment," guests can hop around from activity to activity. In the pool room they shoot billiards and play foosball, in The Big Room guests belt out karaoke songs or shimmy during Battle of the Bands sets, and in the front lounge they can take in a game on TV or throw darts. Sky Zoos fuels all of these activities with a full menu of pub food, including pizza and wings, and frosty pours doled out at its multiple bars.