One of a family of comedy clubs serving as key laugh generators in more than 25 cities, Columbus Funny Bone sits in the shopping and entertainment hub of Easton Town Center. Since 1987, luminaries such as Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, and Dave Chappelle have taken the stage in front of audiences enjoying drinks and the bounty of a large food menu stocked with sandwiches as thick a first-grader's favorite book of knock-knock jokes, funnel-cake fries, and wings doused in a signature blueberry-habañero sauce.
Hilarities 4th Street Theatre is one of the largest comedy-specific venues in the nation, and its stage has hosted such memorable performers as Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, and Sinbad. The Best of IngenuityFest culls standout standups from the rest of the festival and challenges them to jostle funny bones in hopes of earning future gigs at the theater. Host Ramon Rivas II and headliner Jim Tews smooth over transitions between sets with a bulldozer powered by stage lights and their own signature material. General admission accommodates patrons with first-come, first-served seating in the venue's expansive showroom, and preferred seating settles guests into select tables or booths. Attendees can relive the experience by either presenting their Groupon to Ramon Rivas before or after the event in exchange for a digital recording, or by retelling the evening's jokes to a lonely hyena.
The World Series of Comedy brings together a horde of more than 100 humorists from all over the country to compete for laughs and a grand prize of 37 weeks of work at comedy clubs across the nation. The competition gives audience members the pleasure of acting as judge and jury without the moral and legal gray areas of serving as executioner, allowing fans a say in which comics move on to the final showcase (panels composed of comedy bookers have the most influence in the judging process). Pick from 13 shows—three wild-card shows, eight preliminary shows, and two final rounds—each sporting a lineup of eight, 15, or, in the final showdown, three comics toiling for your approval. Call to reserve your tickets.
Singer, rapper, and comedian Wendy Ho brings her unique blend of bold truth-telling onstage, airing out her joke-splattered dirty laundry in the process. With an act that includes lewd jokes, filthy songs, and off-the-wall sketches, Wendy Ho pushes the bounds of offensive to the breaking point, eliciting gales of laughter from audiences. Songs include her cult hit "Bitch I Stole Yo Purse"—named Logo's Funniest Video of 2008—and a slew of new tunes and stories keeps even veteran fans entertained. Reserved ticketholders get a chance to meet up with Wendy Ho for a photo op, preserving laugh-filled nights. The show takes place in the elegant Pythian Theater, juxtaposing the performance's raunch with the genteel architecture of the former secret-society meeting place.
Girls Night: The Musical will bring to the stage of the 14th Street Theatre a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating harkens back to intimate cabarets of yore, with up to four seats and a Dean Martin wax figure adorning each table. Groupon holders receive the best non-VIP seats possible (any table other than tables A-G) upon the redemption of their vouchers at the theater's will-call station.
• For $18, you get a ticket for seating in section 201, 227, or 234 (a $26.50 value, or up to a $36.30 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $59, you get a ticket for seating in section Floor 9, 104, 123, 131, or 134 (a $99.50 value, or up to a $117.15 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $84, you get a ticket for seating in section Floor 3, 106, 107, or 122 (a $149.50 value, or up to a $168.45 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).