Comedy Clubs in East Massapequa

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The Long Island Comedy Festival, which won a thumbs-up from Newsday in 2009, sends laughing fits rippling through southeastern New York with showcases of some of the area's most accomplished comedians. The namesake festival spreads out across Long Island every summer, landing at venues that might range from an old-fashioned playhouse to a family amusement park. Many alumni return to perform year after year, making for a festive atmosphere that executive producer Paul Anthony likens to "a comedy party that the audience members have been invited to," rather than one that they sadly listen to through the floorboards. During the rest of the year, the organizers stay busy producing comedy series at other historic venues and exporting their team of comics to college shows.

222 Pettit Ave
Bellmore,
NY
US

The Long Island Comedy Festival, which won a thumbs-up from Newsday in 2009, sends laughing fits rippling through southeastern New York with showcases of some of the area's most accomplished comedians. The namesake festival spreads out across Long Island every summer, landing at venues that might range from an old-fashioned playhouse to a family amusement park. Many alumni return to perform year after year, making for a festive atmosphere that executive producer Paul Anthony likens to "a comedy party that the audience members have been invited to," rather than one that they sadly listen to through the floorboards. During the rest of the year, the organizers stay busy producing comedy series at other historic venues and exporting their team of comics to college shows.

1000 Hempstead Ave.
Rockville Centre,
NY
US

In the 74 years between the Paramount Theatre's opening night, when people used to line up to see “talkies” for 50 cents, and 2002, when it was voted Best Mainstage Theatre in a Seattle Weekly Reader's Poll, the palatial venue faded and decayed alongside its Roaring Twenties brethren throughout America. Luckily, former Microsoft Vice President Ida Cole saved it from the rubble heap in the mid-‘90s when she established the Seattle Landmark Association and vowed to render the Paramount "kissable" once again.

Over the course of seven months, the renovation crew expanded the size of the stage wings to accommodate more ambitious live productions. They also cleared decades of grime from the french baroque plaster reliefs, uncovering long-forgotten designs and causing only one long-dormant horror to snap open its eyes dramatically. They also replaced the gold leaf in the floral designs of the wall medallions, repainted all the surfaces in their original 16 colors, and scrubbed each of the 1.6 million crystal beads in the chandelier by hand with a toothbrush. The original Knabe Ampico player piano was returned to its spot on the four-tiered lobby's lush carpeting, and a 21st-century sound system now shares sonic space with the thundering, luminous sonority of the Paramount's fully restored Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Though the Paramount's calendar runs the gamut from rock concerts to standup comedy to Broadway musicals on the scale of Wicked, its decadent Beaux Arts trappings transport audiences to the days when reality was still black and white.

370 New York Ave.
Huntington,
NY
US

Hosted by youthful rib tickler Jay Alexander, Phatt No Limit Thursdays Comedy Nite locks audiences into wild chortlecoasters during spirited performances from seasoned standups. A veteran of Def Comedy Jam, Shaq All-Star Comedy Tour, and Showtime at the Apollo, Capone busts guts with his racy monologue and an over-the-top persona, epitomized by his sobriquet "The Gangsta of Comedy" and his side job running rubber-chicken rackets. Special guest Dior Allen brings acting experience gleaned on the sets of 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct and 30 Rock to craft endlessly amusing stage personas before featured comic BlackBarry storms the stage. After comedians flush every last laugh out into the open, DJ Stakz will commandeer the turntable, blasting out an exuberant mélange of hip-hop, reggae, R & B, soca, and kompa. While beats incite unabashed rug cutting, Groupon holders will have a chance to meet Capone to pose for pictures, gain knowledge on the history of the spinning bow tie, and obtain autographs.

1215 Jericho Turnpike
New Hyde Park,
NY
US

The World Comedy Club’s resident joke tellers bust guts seven days a week, lobbing laugh bombs from a stage that’s hosted rising talent and renowned comedians, such as Judah Friedlander and Jim Gaffigan. Eight to ten accomplished performers take the stage on a nightly basis during NYC’s Best Stand-Up Comedy Show, launching a comic blitzkrieg unlike any since Carrot Top declared war on sorrow with an air raid of rubber chickens. Nate Bargatze, a veteran of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and "Comedy Central Presents", splits sides alongside Josh Spear, a globetrotting comedian who has made appearances on Bravo and The Today Show. Audiences also aim faces at the comic stylings of Comedy Central, MTV, and National Lampoon Television verteran Aaron Haber, who expertly adjusts funny bones with Louis Katz, a comedian who’s appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and more. A quartet of frothy suds or stiff spirits lubricates arid laugh lairs, allowing crowds ample opportunity to toast their favorite performers or hone exaggerated spit-takes.

158 West 72nd Street
New York,
NY
US

Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.

955 West End Ave.
New York,
NY
US