Baltimore Comedy Factory has nonviolently busted guts with nationally sourced joke-slingers for nearly three decades. Several nights a week, the club schedules sets by stars pulled onto the stage fresh from appearances in blockbuster comedies and hit TV shows. Tucked within the Power Plant Live complex, the expansive new location finds room for comfy table seating, a beach-themed bar pouring sodas and cocktails, and an ample supply of super-size prop sunglasses.
Revive comatose funny bones with an evening of top-tier guffaw-hawking hosted by legendary laugh dispensary Improv Comedy Club. Select from a quartet of shows for well-seasoned stand-up from two MADtv alumni. With impeccable impressions and years of inducing diaphragm spasms, Aries Spears brings his finest comedic chops to the Improv stage. Veteran performer Bryan Callen has made appearances in Entourage, King of Queens, Old School, and countless centerfolds of Poor Richard’s Almanack. Stomachs, born with an inability to perceive punch lines, may be distracted by delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees from Improv Comedy Club's extensive menu.
Converted from a historic 1930s art-deco theater, Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a combination restaurant and theater that features a 75-minute live stand-up show on select Thursdays. Become an usher's nightmare while rolling on the floor and laughing due to the humorous musings of top comics. Take in the sarcasm of comedians who have been featured on shows such as The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and SNL as they locate funny bones with surgical precision.
Host to a variety of professional comedians and local acts, Riot Act Comedy Theater's stage induces fits of laughter with the wit and tomfoolery of the club's evening comedy lineups. Guffaw-loving guests can plop down to view acts such as Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, hosts of VH1's That Metal Show, or fill their weekly giggle quotas at Jeff Kreisler's satirical Get Rich Cheating show. Open-mic nights give local comedians a chance to hone their acts without the threat of harsh critiques written on rotting tomatoes. In between laughs, duos can sip pours of their favorite drink from the venue's nightly menu, which features a slew of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Close to both public transportation and parking lots, the new club offers a convenient way to enjoy live comedy without the hassle of car-pooling in a clown car.