Comedy Clubs in Druid Hills


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  • Incubus Deftones
    Hershey Theatre The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
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    2002 Lakewood Ave. SE
    Atlanta, GA US
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge
    Billing itself as "Atlanta's only full-time progressive comedy lounge", The Laughing Skull takes its standup seriously. Their philosophy can best be summed up by a musical analogy: "Most comedy clubs focus on playing Top 40, while we focus on playing Jazz," says the team. It seems this dedicated yet freewheeling approach appeals to the headliners themselves. Greg Proops diagnoses Laughing Skull audiences as "hip, smart and not jaded." Paul F. Tompkins shot his Comedy Central special here, and cult comedic heavyweights such as Garfunkle & Oates, Margaret Cho, and Marc Maron have all sent punchlines hurtling toward the 74 seats that fill this intimate venue. Though there's no food served during the shows, the 22x32-foot lounge sits at the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill, whose burgers have won multiple "Best of Atlanta Awards" since 1992 and been featured on TV's Man v. Food. Upon arriving at the restaurant's doorstep, comedy fans will know they've come to the right place: the entrance is the cackling mouth of a 20-foot high skull, which all patrons must pass through.
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    878 Peachtree St.
    Atlanta, GA US
  • Mills Entertainment
    Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
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    2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy.
    Atlanta, GA US
  • Uptown Comedy Corner
    For the past two decades, Uptown Comedy Corner's small stage has hosted big acts such as Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle, as well as weekly up-and-coming comedic talent. While watching performers' standup routines, guests can sip on cocktails and indulge in hearty American cuisine such as wings, half-pound hamburgers, and onion rings.
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    800 Marietta St. NW
    Atlanta, GA US
  • Hysterical Events
    Each Tuesday evening, the comedy curators at Hysterical Events introduce formidable funnypersons to tickle the collective brain matter of laugh-primed audiences. From the swanky, New York?style surrounds of Jerry Farber?s Side Door (located within the historical Landmark Diner), guests can chortle at the high-brow observational musings of August 16 headliner Thomas Jenkins, or guffaw at the practiced punch lines of Dan Mengini, a long-time comic, TV actor, and featured performer on August 23. Hands weary of clapping can toss bouquets or deadpan pet raccoons onstage after an incisive joke about blue-collar labor from Atlanta local Primetime Steve, who tops the bill on September 13. Throughout the show, foursomes can order laugh-lubricating libations and food from waiters roaming the tabletop seating of the gallery. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. start time, and patrons should check the Hysterical Events calendar for information on upcoming acts.
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    3652 Roswell Road Northwest
    Atlanta, GA US
  • Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre
    A night on the town can take many directions: dinner can lead to a comedy show, dancing can transition to quiet drinks in a shadowy booth, a raucous concert can segue into a slice of pizza. Hitting all those spots in one night, however, can require a small fortune in cab fare. Not at the Andrews Entertainment District. Like a toddler trying to draw their city, this 30,000-square-foot nightlife oasis puts eight restaurants, bars, and clubs under one roof. Patrons sample sushi and infused Russian vodkas atop the frozen counter of Czar Ice Bar or dig into eclectic small plates from around the world at Cellar 56. Prohibition, meanwhile, serves classic cocktails in an environment reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy, complete with plush leather furniture. Nearby, Atlanta's branch of the Improv Comedy Club hosts jokesters on nationwide tours while Andrew's Upstairs fuels floor-thumping dance parties late into the night.
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    56 E Andrews Dr NW
    Atlanta, GA US
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