Comedy club

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A comedy club is a venue—typically a nightclub, bar, or restaurant—where people watch or listen to performances, including stand-up comedians, improvisational comedians, impersonators, magicians, ventriloquists, and other comedy acts. The term "comedy club" usually refers to venues that feature stand-up comedy, as distinguished from improvisational theatres, which host improv or sketch comedy, and variety clubs (which may also host musical acts).

Types of comedy clubs[edit]

Comedy clubs are usually broken down by comedians into "A rooms", "B rooms", and "C rooms":

  • A rooms usually cater to people with movie deals, people with television shows, and generally well known acts.
  • C rooms act as "neighborhood" comedy clubs, for the most part. The headliners are not usually very well known or popular, and the audiences are random walk-ins.
  • B rooms are where the best aspects of both A rooms and C rooms meet. Young comics need B rooms as a stepping stone. These are rooms where someone doing a 10- to 15-minute set (hosting/MCing) can be asked, after they've been going up long enough, to do a 20-minute set (featuring) and so on. These clubs also typically allow dirtier material, since they can become established names for "dirty" comedy or shows that usually cover adult themes.