ABOUTComedy is an art that exists in towns, cities and countries all over the world, but to local comedians, venue owners and more, Boston is the place to start. Local comedians from all over the city and country, in sketch, improv, and stand up comedy make the case that this East Coast city on the bay can be a comedian's home, a rocky starting ground, or the place that helps push artists to the big leagues.
We asked comedians, venue owners and friends of the Boston comedy scene why Boston was the place to laugh. The reasons, from who’s on the stage to what kind of stage it is, are many, and far from simple.
Comedians - Boston's comedy landscape is filled with many different faces- and has produced dozens of famous names in all different types of comedy. Click through the different faces of Boston comedy, by name or type of act, and meet those who makes Boston's laughs a little different.
Major Boston Venues
Small Venues or Mixed Show Types
Great Scott is a bar/music venue in Allston that hosts a stand-up show called “The Gas” featuring local comedians. Tickets are $5 and all shows are 18+.
1222 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02134
Sally O’Brien’s bar in Somerville hosts an open mic night called “Shawn Carter’s Cheapshots Comedy” every Monday night where aspiring comedians can try out their material. There is no cover charge but be sure to check out the varied menu offering authentic Irish, Mexican, Italian and American pub fare.
335 Somerville Ave. Somerville, MA 02134
The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge features a free open mic night every Tuesday night in its Corner Lounge. This 70-person lounge and restaurant is the perfect size for comedians to try out new material and gain confidence in their act.
472-480 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139
Tavern at the End of the World
Tavern at the End of the Word, a traditional Irish pub, hosts a weekly “Laughter at the End of the World” open mic night every Wednesday night. There is no cover charge.
108 Cambridge Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
Green Dragon Tavern
The Green Dragon Tavern, one of Boston’s oldest pubs, hosts an open mic night every Monday starting at 9pm. There is no cover charge and the tavern offers full Irish-American lunch and dinner menus.
11 Marshall Street, Boston, MA 02108
The Burren, an Irish pub in Davis Square, is home to Comedy Night every Wednesday evening at 10pm. The line-up of comedians is always different but usually features some of Boston’s best local comedians alongside new talent. The Burren also hosts comedy fundraisers for non-profit organizations. There is no cover charge to attend.
247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144
The Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge is generally home to electronic dance music, but also hosts the occasional comedy event put on by Anderson Comedy.
315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Somerville Theatre in Davis Square is home to Awkward Compliment, an improv group from Improv Asylum that performs every Thursday night. The show starts at 8pm an
d tickets are $5.
55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA
Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge
In Jamaica Plain, the Milky Way Lounge is a comedy hotspot almost every Wednesday night, hosting a variety of local stand-up and improv comedians. Tickets are $5 and the lounge has a full bar and kitchen.
284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
The Sinclair in Cambridge is a restaurant/live music venue that occasionally hosts live comedy specials. Most notably, the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival was held at The Sinclair in May and featured national stand-up acts including Chelsea Perretii and Kristen Schaal. Tickets are $15-$25.
52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Meet the Team
Jennifer Janiak is a junior at Boston University studying online journalism and English. As well as completing the sketch portion of the website, she also acted as project manager. Previously, Jen worked at publications in the New England area including DigBoston and The Nashua Telegraph. Outside of reporting, Jen loves to travel, explore bookstores, and drink copious amounts of coffee. One of Jen’s comedy idols, Tina Fey, once said “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it,” but she hopes you enjoy the outcome of her team’s hard work.
Favorite Comedians: Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Grace Helbig, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert.
Samantha Tatro is a lifelong expat, storyteller, Boston University senior and comedy nerd. She worked on the stand up portion of the website. At BU, she is pursuing a dual degree in Journalism and Political Science and will graduate in May 2014. She has been working at the Boston Herald for the past two years as an editorial assistant and reporter, covering everything from the Boston Bombings to the weather to shootings and fires. In her free time, Samantha watches way too much television, takes photos and sings in the shower.
Favorite Comedians: John Mulaney, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and so many others she doesn’t have space to name
Kacie Rioux is a Boston University senior originally from Maine who enjoys running, Mexican food and bargain shopping. She will graduate in May with a dual degree in Journalism and Political Science. Kacie covered the venue portion of the website. She is an American history buff and loves working at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on campus. When not working, Kacie loves to be at the beach or baking, usually something with frosting.
Favorite comedies: Arrested Development, The Office, Parks and Recreation
Natnicha, or more commonly known as Prim, is a Boston University journalism graduate student from Bangkok, Thailand. Prim covered the Improv portion of the website. In her free time, she lives off of Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, and too many online shopping websites. She is usually found running around Boston covering stories about drag queens, juvenile murderers, or pole dancers (among many more). What she doesn’t like is being asked if she owns a drug-dealing monkey like in the Hangover 2, when she tells people she is from Bangkok.
Favorite comedians: Russell Peters, Dane Cook, Bo Burnham, Jack Whitehall, Gabriel Iglesias, Louis CK
Dee Hibbard is a graduating senior at Boston University studying Broadcast Journalism and concentrating in Creative Writing. For Boston Comedy, Dee provided assistance with video shooting/editing, and some research, but her main role was building the website. Dee works as a Teaching Assistant for radio courses at BU, a Social Media Coordinator and Photographer/Videographer for BU all-campus ensembles, and a freelance writer for several BU publications. When she’s not flailing sticks at drums for BU Bands, Dee can be found with a cup of black coffee, writing stories, snowboarding on the slopes, or taking road trips.
Favorite Comedians: Chris Hardwick, George Carlin, Dane Cook, Mindy Kaling, Hannah Hart, Seth Meyers, The Second City, and way too many more