The Best of Stand-Up: A Guide to the Hottest Comedy Venues Around the World


For die-hard comedy fans, nothing beats a live stand-up show. Whether you’re a fan of raunchy one-liners or observational humor, there are plenty of venues around the world hosting the biggest and best stand-up acts. To give you an idea of where to head for your next comic fix, here’s a guide to some of the finest comedy clubs in the world.

Heading east, Shanghai has become home to several high-profile international comedy acts over recent years and the number of standing ovation-worthy shows continues to rise. Top picks in Shanghai include YuYinTang (YYT), a hideaway live music spot specializing in indie cult performances with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in. It hosts open mic nights every month as well as special lineups featuring up-and-coming Chinese talent. Then there’s The Pearl Comedy Club which showcases performers from all corners of China and beyond. Together, these two vibrant venues offer some serious side splitting entertainment.

New York City is known as the home of standup and it holds its own against any other city. Sure, Broadway has always been popular for theater buffs but the Big Apple is brimming with small taste bud tickling clubs scattered around the five boroughs. From classic spots such as The Comedy Cellar (which has featured sets from Jerry Seinfeld down to Amy Schumer) and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (home to upstart improvisers) to alternative clubs like Big Terrific which mixes music and comedy night after night; NYC is where comedic dreams come alive.

For British audiences keen on experiencing some top laughs right at home, London is where it’s at. Home to legendary venues such as Soho Theatre, Comedy Store and Leicester Square Theater – all icons within the UK scene – London is great spot to catch both established UK comics as well as fresh faces from around the globe. And don’t forget Edinburgh! Scotland’s capital play host each August to one massive “Fringe” festival; a sprawling site which plays host to hundreds of comedians over four weeks during August – arguably making it one of most important events on the comedy calendar for both rising stars and seasoned professionals alike.

If you happen lucky enough make it down South, then The Adelaide Fringe Festival should be on your hit list too! Considered one of Australia’s most established comedy festivals, The Fringe brings together comedians from all parts of Australia plus overseas talents for several months worth of laughs during February through March each year – plus bonus street shows set among Adelaide’s iconic architecture adding extra sights into your evening entertainment mix up!

Lastly, no tour through laughter land would be complete without mentioning Canada! To get your fill here head straight to Winnipeg’s Rumor’s Comedy Hub which is considered by many local comedians as one best places perform in Canada – especially if you dig indie/alt stand-up blended with improv skits thrown into mix too! There’s also pioneering Canadian outfit Yuk Yuks; hailed by patrons and press alike for being one country’s longest running independent comedy rooms (plus it spawned Jim Carrey’s career)! Finally – if you want alternative style check out The Corner Comedy Club which offers something entirely different combining spoken word poetry with satirical monologues & belly laughing jokes à la Robin Williams !

All this just goes show how stand up comedy has grown into a global phenomenon present everywhere from dusty bars under neon lights above big cities megalopolis’ like NYC & Tokyo through small town draws within flyover states down US Midwest even small towns like Saskatchewan & Corriedale in rural Canada too YYYYEEAAHH!!! So much so that it’d be sensible venture planning few vacations seeking out greatest hidden gems these places can provide when it comes finding that geographically local comic who delivers vast majority jokes straight yer funny bone!!

Bottom line? Stand-up fans will never lack potential stage homes guiding them thru winding roads rediscovery many varied voices & perspectives present today behind great curtain dolled out everyone today under starry blanketed evenings scattered around us at nearly every corner surprisingly rubbing elbows our faces welcome new friends especially those whose innermost thoughts share light laugher love ! Happy trails!!