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Dallas’ Best Comedy Clubs — Where the Jokes Live

City's Comedy Scene is Underrated, and Flourishing

BY // 05.08.19

Little do people know, but Dallas has a flourishing comedy scene. From improv troupes to stand-up and sketch groups, the city has many great comedy clubs to see a show or improve your comedic chops with open mics and classes.

We’ve rounded up the six best places to laugh at others or at yourself in Dallas. Here they are:

Four Day Weekend

5601 Sears Street

A critically-acclaimed comedy group, Four Day Weekend is the longest-running show in the Southwest. They perform in Dallas on Saturdays at 7:30 pm. They also have a location in Fort Worth, with shows on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The comedy troupe performs a one-hour and forty-five minute improv show based around audience suggestions and participation. The cast includes co-founders David Wilk, David Ahearn, Frank Ford and Troy Grant, as well as many more Dallas comedians. Four Day also offer improv and sketch writing classes. Tickets cost $25 to see a show and can be purchased here.

Backdoor Comedy

8250 N. Central Expressway

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Located in the DoubleTree hotel at Campbell Centre, Backdoor is one of the best places to see live stand-up. The club has an intimate setting and puts on shows every Thursday (8:30 pm), Friday (9 pm), and Saturday nights (8 pm & 10:15 pm).

A few of the comedians that perform regularly at the club are Paul Varghese, Joe Fox and Raj Sharma. If you’re funny, or even if you’re not, you can participate in Open Mic nights on Thursdays. You must sign up in advance before you can jump on stage. For tickets to show, call 214-328-4444.

Dallas Comedy House

3036 Elm Street (Under Construction)

This Deep Ellum classic comedy house has been around for 10 years. It had to move last year after an ongoing property dispute and the new space is still undergoing construction so shows are currently taking place at other Deep Ellum locations. The calendar shows these details.

Shows range from improv to sketch and stand-up. Tickets are affordable at only around $10 to $15 a show. The comedy house also hosts the annual Dallas Comedy Festival in Deep Ellum every spring. For Mother’s Day, there’s a “Mom-Approved” stand-up show at RBC 2617 Commerce Street. 

Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub

5321 E. Mockingbird Lane

What’s great about Hyena’s is that they have free Thursday evening shows. There is a two drink minimum, but you can see some of the best up-and-coming acts, as well as seasoned professionals at this club.

Recent past Thursday performers include Kevin Farley (Chris Farley’s brother) and Billy D. Washington. You can also buy tickets for weekend shows on the website. There are also locations in Fort Worth and Plano.

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Jim Jeffries performing at Hyenas Comedy. Courtesy of Hyenas

Addison Improv

4980 Belt Line Road, Suite 250

This Addison spot hosts big name stand-up comedians, improv workshops and magic shows. The club is located on the second floor of the building, right across from Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. A full-service bar and restaurant, this makes a great date night or night out with friends.

Ticket prices vary on the headliner, but usually range between $20 and $40. Upcoming performers include Mike Williams, Bret Ernst, Brad Williams, Adele Givens and SNL cast member Chris Redd.

Arlington Improv

309 Curtis Mathes Way, Suite 147

Established in 1963, Arlington Improv is a comedy theater and restaurant. It hosts stand-up and improv shows Wednesdays through Sundays, as well as Open Mic happy hours on Tuesdays. A full dining menu is offered during shows, including some pretty good chips and queso.

Comedians this month include Alex Thomas, Alfred Kainga, Corey Holcomb, Dulce Sloan and Joe Torry. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased online.

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