Five great comedy venues you might not be aware of
There are many places in the Twin Cities to see comedy, such as Acme Comedy Co., Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, the Brave New Workshop, HUGE Theater, and ComedySportz to name a few. These venues are obvious, and all over the radar. However, there are a few places in town that are unexpected, but with a high level of hilarity.
Here are five of them.
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Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater
(810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-825-3737
(1111 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-340-9738; www.grumpys-bar.com
(355 NE Monroe St., Minneapolis; 612-627-9123; www.clubunderground.us)
Here's a scenario: It's Monday night, and you're at home feeling morose. You want to laugh, but you have no idea where to go. Every comedy club and improv theater in town just seems too obvious. Then you may want to check out Club Underground. The indie music basement venue in northeast Minneapolis hosts The Monday Night Comedy Show weekly, which showcases local comedians doing sets of polished material. You can also catch the Dirty Curls and their naughty brand of bluegrass there from time to time, as well as the occasional bonus standup show. It also hosts Pundamonium, a slam-style pun contest (full disclosure: I produce the Pundamonium.)
New Hope Cinema Grill
(2749 Winnetka Ave. N., Golden Valley; 763-417-0017; www.newhopecinemagrill.com
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
(6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul; 612-285-3112; www.amsterdambarandhall.com)
The Amsterdam is a newish venue in downtown St. Paul. The space regularly hosts evenings with Le Cirque Rouge, a venerable cabaret theater company which celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend. Cabaret is not just full-boob-no-nipple fun though. It's also heavily dosed with vaudevillian comedy. We're talking about the fast talking, hockey pun-making humor that you can only find in a burlesque show.
Amsterdam is also adding more standup comedy to its calendar, starting with Timmy Williams from the Whitest Kids U Know later this month. Order up a few of the bar's tiny sandwiches, and you'll feel like even the food is hilarious/delicious.
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