In a city as famous for its epic amusement parks and entertainment venues as Orlando, it will come as a little surprise to learn that this corner of Florida boasts plenty of laugh-filled comedy attractions. Whether it’s headline stand-up acts with plenty of star power, future talent plying their trade or spectacular magic or circus-themed events - there’s plenty to enjoy during a visit to Orlando. So, after a busy day taking in the sights, sit back, relax, tuck into some tasty food and prepare to laugh your socks off. Read on for some of the best comedy clubs in Orlando, Florida.
1. Mama's Comedy Show
A popular fixture of Orlando’s improv comedy scene for the past decade, Mama’s Comedy Show entertains audiences every Friday night at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show in International Drive. Fans of the famous fast-paced comedy improv show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ are likely to get plenty of chuckles out of their evening’s entertainment. Past audiences certainly felt like they got plenty of comedy bang for their buck, as the evening is rated as one of the best nightlife activities within the city. What’s more, you can tuck into a tasty meal or drinks while enjoying the show.
Mama's Comedy Show
Address: Inside Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater, 8267 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: Mama’s Comedy Show
Opening hours: 10 pm to 12 am (Fridays and Saturdays)
Average price for two: 20 USD
2. Improv Orlando
Part of the same Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre family that launched some of the biggest names in comedy, Improv Orlando hosts numerous events each and every month. Unsurprisingly, it welcomes plenty of big names alongside up-and-coming acts - all of whom will likely find their way to your funny bone. Indeed upcoming dates include performances by such famous faces as Arsenio Hall. What’s more, the club also hosts regular open mic nights alongside stand-up from more established acts - so who knows which future star you’ll laugh along with while tucking into your food and drink.
Address: 9101 International Drive Suite 2310, Pointe Orlando Orlando, FL 32819
Website: Improv Orlando
Opening hours: Vary depending on performance date. Box office opens 6 pm to 8.30pm (Wednesdays and Thursdays), 6 pm to 11 pm (Fridays), 12 pm to 10.15 pm (Saturdays) and 3 pm to 7.30 pm (Sundays). Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Average price for two: 11 to 30 USD
3. SAK Comedy Lab
A club with some seriously impressive comedy pedigree behind it, SAK Comedy Lab boasts some truly illustrious alumni among its former comics - including Wayne Brady of Whose Line is it Anyway fame. This 250 seat venue, which was established back in 1991, has also served as a launchpad for writers and actors in everything from Scrubs to Saturday Night Live. You’ll certainly have plenty of opportunities to enjoy one of the shows, as there’s at least one performance every day - from next-generation up-and-comers to the Duel of Fools signature show featuring two teams of competing improv comics. What’s more, those looking to take their first tentative steps in the medium can even take classes at the club - should you be inspired by your experience.
SAK Comedy Lab
Address: SAK Comedy Lab, 29 South Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32801
Website: SAK Comedy Lab
Opening hours: 6.30 pm to 9 pm (Mondays to Thursdays), 6.30 pm to 1 am (Fridays and Saturdays).
Average price for two: 35 USD
4. Bonkerz Comedy Club
Another comedy club which is highly likely to coincide with any visit to Orlando, Bonkerz typically hosts events every Friday and Saturday night. Acts include the likes of Brian Aldridge - who has appeared on Comedy Central - and Dean Napolitano of HBO and Late Late Show fame. Bonkerz’ location inside the Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center also means you could maybe make a day of it, enjoying a little fun on the lanes before taking your seat for some laughs and good times. There’s also free parking available on site - so getting there should pose no trouble - and a full menu and bar. Families should bear in mind, however, that the event is for over 21s only.
Bonkerz Comedy Club
Address: Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center (inside the Brooklyn South Bar), 10749 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32817
Website: Bonkerz Comedy Club
Opening hours: Shows every Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7.30 pm. Doors open an hour before show.
5. The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show
From the venue’s wacky exterior to the magic tricks inside, you can be sure of a memorable night at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. This popular dinner entertainment features frequent audience interaction/participation and plenty of magical action to keep the attention. The menu also includes unlimited cheese and pepperoni pizza, salad, wine, beer, dessert and soda - which is sure to appeal to those looking for a fun time without breaking the bank. The event’s location within the WonderWorks amusement park also means you could make a day of it - capping your fun day with a comedy/magic show and dinner.
The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show
Address: WonderWorks Orlando, 9067 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Opening hours: Park open 9 am to 12 am daily. Shows daily at 6 pm (8 pm on select days)
Average price for two: 64 USD (includes tickets to show plus food and drink)
6. Porky's Comedy Club
Its location may be a little unusual, but Porky’s Comedy Club still attracts some well-known comedy faces. Based within the Tractor Supply Co. store in St Cloud, Orlando, Porky’s nevertheless packs in 152 seats numerous times each month (typically on Fridays and Saturdays). Recent comic entertainers include the likes of Killer Beaz (pictured) – a familiar face in Discovery’s hit TV series ‘Moonshiners’. Other upcoming names include Daryl Felsberg and Ronnie Bullard. Ethical tourists will also be pleased to know that some of the shows’ proceeds also benefit charities that help emergency crews and their families.
Porky's Comedy Club
Address: In the Tractor Supply Shopping Center, 4249 13th Street, St Cloud, Orlando. FL
Website: Porky’s Comedy Club
Opening hours: Regular Friday and Saturday nights. Show start time varies but typically 8 pm or 9 pm.
Average price for two: 25 USD
7. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
One that will appeal to all the family now, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor features the loveable characters from Pixar’s classic film Monsters, Inc and its sequel Monsters University. Located within the famous Tomorrowland section of Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom, this ‘monstrous’ comedy club show is led by “Monster of Ceremonies”, and lead character, Mike Wazowski. It features audience interaction, including the chance to share your favourite joke with the hope it might be used in the show itself - something the little ones will likely love.
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Address: Located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
Website: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Opening hours: 10 am to 8 pm
8. Treasure Tavern
Treasure Tavern is a popular dinner, comedy and theatre venue. Past guests were impressed by the size of the dishes and the quality of the food. What’s more, the venue has just recently launched its Cirque Magique and Cirque By Night shows. These “spiritual successors” to the Treasure Tavern feature a mix of comedy, magic, acrobatic acts and food that the venue promises will make “for a night like no other”. Cirque Magique is suitable for all ages, though those with youngsters should avoid the raunchier Cirque By Night performances, which take place later in the day.
Address: Inside the Pirate’s Town Dinner Theater Complex, 6400 Carrier Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Website: Treasure Tavern
Opening hours: Cirque Magique: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4.30 pm. Cirque by Night: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7.30 pm.
9. Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
Mixing comedy, dinner and a ‘whodunnit’ vibe, these classic two-and-a-half hour long mystery evenings are a very popular attraction within Orlando - and promise laughs and memories to boot. Sleuths Mystery Theatre - which also plays host to entry number one on this list - is home to three intimate theatres, each hosting its own fun-filled evening. The entertainment includes a 45-minute comedy mystery, followed by dinner, after which the comedy team interact with the audience, letting them ask questions and improvising comic answers as people attempt to solve the 'crime’. It’s such a popular venue that there is at least one show a day - and sometimes as many as four!
Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
Address: 8267 International Drive, next to the Orlando Eye, Orlando, Fl 32819
Website: Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows
Opening hours: Shows and times vary. See website.
Plenty of laughs to be had
Whether it’s famous stand-ups, up-and-coming faces, cracking improv comedy or a murder mystery accompanied by dinner - there’s plenty of choice comic entertainment in Orlando.
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