7 Places to See Stand-Up Comedy

Get your laughs at these local bars and clubs.

It takes a special breed of individual to do stand-up, enduring the inevitable scrutiny and sometimes demoralizing heckling that comes with the job. And yet our area—overflowing with the bold and the creative—is home to a lively comedy scene. Whether you’re looking to try your hand at an open mic, or searching for a new way to spend date night, these local venues pack a hilarious punch. Visit their websites for show times and ticket prices.

Erica Rhodes (Facebook photo)

1. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse 

Located on Columbia Pike, this iconic landmark has become a top destination for comedy. The main room seats over 200 guests and has a full bar and kitchen (known for its extra cheesy pizza). The venue’s April comedy lineup includes Erica Rhodes from Modern Family and Veep, Lil Rey from Comedy Central’s RELevant and Pablo Francisco from MADtv. 

2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington

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