The humor ambassadors of the Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club stock their Oakland Park stage with snickers and snorts as audiences savor the jokes of headlining local and national comedians. Shirking the detached feel of stuffy theaters, smoky halls, and abandoned wells, Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club grants audiences an intimate standup comedy experience as fans catch every punch line and smell every punch breath. The ever-changing calendar features a solid crew of human antidepressants, such as funnyman and Comedy Central Laugh Riots semifinalist Danny Johnson (January 27–28), who cooks up buffets of hee-haws with his observational humor and everyman appeal. Funny bones flee their ligaments as Shawn Banks (February 10–11) deposits hefty loads of family-fun humor and impressions into his engaging live-wire act. Groups of two or four can chase down meaty laughs with wine and beer or a refreshing, alcohol-free soda. Dress codes are comfortable and casual, and all hecklers will be shunned and turned into chum.
They might be far from the mountains, but the performers at Catskills Comedy Club keep their audiences' spirits high. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, a lineup of professional comedians and variety acts delivers a set featuring
Joyful bellows resonate throughout the multileveled brick structure of hilarity, which boasts a first floor bar that is steps away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, a second floor comedy club, and a rooftop party area. A sizely photo of Animal House alumni overlooks patrons as they indulge in non-school spirits, while laughter is muffled by mouthfuls of burgers, wings, and more from the menu of all-American eats. Combine comedy with comestibles and see stand-up performances from the likes of Clyde Gordon and Oni Perez who bust guts faster than eating 10 Farber College angus smash burgers ($5.99 single, $7.99 double). See full schedule of performances.
Seasoned comedian and teacher Brad Trackman, whose resume boasts appearances on NBC, ABC, MTV, CBS, Spike TV and Comedy Central, guides burgeoning chuckle-inducers through the finer points of laugh acquisition in his four-hour workshop, Comedy A through Z. Students learn to develop and write for performance persona, as well as sharpen their wit and enhance their abilities to care for newborn microphones. In addition to leading students through material-crafting exercises, Trackman will sling out advice on the business of comedy and what it takes to pursue a career in it, including tips for acquiring representation and landing TV roles. Students will dissect the ins and outs of the standup circuit, as well as hone their joke-crafting skills by observing actual chickens crossing actual roads.
Florida Comedy Club releases trapped guffaws with weekly shows featuring veteran comics and newbie-friendly open mics. Upcoming laughmeisters include Tom Segura, a veteran of late-night TV, Comedy Central, and a slew of international comedy festivals who chucks chuckles on October 27 to benefit breast-cancer research. After each show, the club invites performers of all stripes to regale audiences with standup, music, and poetry. The Playwright Irish Pub ensconces guests in Celtic elegance, with drink specials and a full menu to restore energy burned while riotously laughing or performing between-set medicine-ball tosses.
The French Quarter, the signature restaurant of the Mardi Gras Casino, features an upscale menu brimming with sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. Sandwiches such as the portobello burger, marinated and grilled with roasted red peppers, silence stomachs begging for breaded bliss ($7.95), and fans of beef and silent t's sink their incisors into 8-ounce filet mignon ($23). Pan-seared mahi mahi covered in fresh mango salsa ($13.95) swims into the bellies of seafoodies not already noshing on an 8-ounce sirloins accompanied by jumbo shrimp ($20.94). Live dog races and panoramic views of Fort Lauderdale also entertain diners from the comfort of their tables or the discomfort of their mohair unitards.