The first step in recognizing a stand-up comedy show is realizing that it has absolutely nothing to do with telling jokes while sitting, hearing jokes while standing, or drinking jokes while lying down. Pair a dictionary definition of stand-up comedy with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to any Friday or Saturday show at Joke Joint Comedy Club in Lilydale (up to a $30 value).
Joke Joint helps those who want to help themselves stave off existential doubt and transform ennui into elated outbursts of glee in a show room that can comfortably accommodate up to 200 chucklers.
Friday- and Saturday-night shows (which typically run at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) spotlight an assortment of capricious comedians who will assault the audience with a funny barrage of buffoonery and one wisecrack witty enough to coax out half-smiles, three-quarter smiles, and full smiles. Although not covered by today's Groupon, a full liquor menu and small smattering of food options are available to caress each laugh-wrenched belly.
Now entering its fourth year of operation, Joke Joint has successfully proved that laughter is, in fact, more contagious than ambition. Parking is free and annoying cachinnation is permitted, but smoking, photography, recording, and recording smoking photographers are strictly prohibited. No specific dress code is enforced, although a minimum of mock turtleneck is recommended.