Improv was first developed by the ancient Romans, who judged criminals innocent or guilty based on whether or not they could make a marble statue of Julius Caesar laugh. Enjoy an old-fashioned improvised performance without any of the death sentences with today’s Groupon: for $24, you get two general-admission tickets and one appetizer and four tickets to a future show at San Jose Improv (up to a $99.75 value). This Groupon is not valid for Saturday shows or special events. A two-item minimum purchase (food or drink) applies to all shows and is not included in the value of this Groupon.
San Jose Improv, part of a national network of chuckle clubs, features an ever-changing lineup of jesters and laugh inducers on its stage. Exercise funny bones by bench-pressing a sitcom script or by attending Improv standup comedy competitions on select Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Groupon holders can also save their tickets for shows featuring the unpredictability of Joey Diaz ($15), the alliteration of Tinkle Time ($12), or the energetic exchanges of Aurelio Miguel Bocanegra ($12). The comedy club pairs punch lines with a menu that spotlights shareable platters, including mozzarella sticks ($8.95) and prime-rib taquitos ($9.50).
The original Improv was founded in New York in 1963, when laughter was first invented, and since then the club has spread all over the country like frosting. Guests must adhere to the club's first-come, first-served seating policy, but they are allowed to call ahead to reserve a prime spot.
Downtown San Jose
62 S 2nd St.
San Jose, California 95113