Comedy Clubs in East Providence

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"Comedy Connection," wrote the Providence Phoenix, "is our Comedy Central." The winner of the paper's "Best Comedy Club" award for five years running, RI Comedy Connection lives up to its accolades by populating its stage with a slew of up-and-coming and established comedians. Throughout shows, bartenders sling domestic and imported brews while mixing both basic drinks with Jack Daniels and dessert substitutes, such as s'mores and caramel-apple martinis. Aside from regular standup sets, RI Comedy Connection?s fundraising program helps members of the community host charitable events that benefit non-profit organizations, youth sports teams, and families in need.

39 Warren Avenue
East Providence,
RI
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Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.

Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence,
Rhode Island
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During fast-paced Friday-night shows, a troupe of improv comics, ranging from professionals to up-and-coming goofballs, takes the stage to belt hilarious musical numbers and innovatively quip its way out of improvised skits and interactive sketches. The performers' ad-libbed bits brim with comedic gems such as unexpected associations, absurd imagery, and reenactments of Plato's famed cave puppet show. Nestled in a cozy 70-seat theater, the audience feels intimately involved with the action, even sometimes getting to participate in the scenes and ditties. Accompanying the onstage action, Bertrand Laurence's live guitar music enhances the songs' clever lyrics in the same way a plastic skull enriches dramatic monologues. Many of the performers hail from the Everett School, an organization of professional artists who meet across generations and cultures to cooperatively create original performances and mentor young artists.

9 Duncan Ave
Providence,
RI
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Wall Street Nightclub’s goal is simple: as stated on its site, the venue aims to provide entertainment every bit as diverse as its community. Throughout the week, the LGBT venue might pair country music with hip-hop, drag performers with strippers, or DJs with dance videos. Friday nights kick off each month with the "Midwest's largest lesbian dance party," and Sundays see the club transformed into a cabaret. Although its calendar is packed with weekly, monthly, and bicentennial get-togethers, plenty of performances and parties are special one-time-only events, such as standup sets or DJ competitions.

17 Snow Street
Providence,
RI
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Wall Street Nightclub’s goal is simple: as stated on its site, the venue aims to provide entertainment every bit as diverse as its community. Throughout the week, the LGBT venue might pair country music with hip-hop, drag performers with strippers, or DJs with dance videos. Friday nights kick off each month with the "Midwest's largest lesbian dance party," and Sundays see the club transformed into a cabaret. Although its calendar is packed with weekly, monthly, and bicentennial get-togethers, plenty of performances and parties are special one-time-only events, such as standup sets or DJ competitions.

17 Snow St.
Providence,
RI
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Veterans Memorial Auditorium?The Vets to its friends?is a poster child for patience paying off. Conceived by the Rhode Island Freemasons in the 1920s, the theater was well on its way to completion when the Great Depression ground construction to a halt in 1929. It wasn't until the closing years of World War II that the community banded together to finish the 1,900-seat complex. The theater finally opened in 1950, and in the 60+ years since has seen such greats as Pavarotti, Nureyev, and Tony Bennett play its massive proscenium stage.

1 Avenue of the Arts
Providence,
RI
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